The first eReaders were released in 1998: NuroMedia launched the Rocket and SoftBook released the Softbook reader. The somewhat basic design allowed the user to read an eBook in its simplest form – namely black text on a light background. Both readers also included a built-in dictionary. Holding approximately 10 books, the devices were the same size as the popular paper-back format, but much thicker than subsequent eReaders and with minimal functionality. 
14 years on, eBooks and other devices that support eReaders have significantly evolved and are changing the way we consume books.
With the abundance of devices, from the Amazon Kindle to the Tablet PC, the eBook is now available in many formats. The volume and range of devices have made eBooks more accessible and consequently, reading habits have not only changed but we are reading more. Questions we asked in our omnibus survey support this, revealing 29% of all online adults believe their reading has increased in the previous 18 months, and will continue to increase in the next 18 months.