12/17/2010 12:55 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

eBooks Good News For Literary World: 'Technology Not Barrier To Depth'

And yet, what may be most interesting about the Pew study is its timing, since this is the year e-readers took off. What does it say about us that, on the one hand, we don't seem so enthralled by the hit-and-run of Twitter while on the other, we can't get enough of electronic books? Only this: that technology is not a barrier to depth, to engagement, to the cultural discussion, and that perhaps we want the same thing from our reading as we always have, regardless of the form it takes.