The Huffington Post has a column here comparing the experience of reading a regular book with reading an e-book. The author calls one stored data and one flows of data. He feels we rush through e-books and don’t read them in as thoughtful a manner. His column is a bit confusing.
I think the big difference is between quick reads, such as articles, opinion pieces, and short stories and narratives, and longer, developed pieces of writing. A novel with a complicated tone and many different characters and plot elements needs a more advanced, sophisticated reader, than an Internet article.
I am optimistic about the e-readers. For the first time, people have instant access to thousands (millions?) of books. I am hopeful that kids will start reading more, now that they can instantly download all of the books in a series they like, for example. This kind of avid reading is what develops excellent students by high school. I taught high school English for 37 years, and my top students were always my avid readers.