However, I think that there are two points that need to be considered by those who consider an eReader to be the equivalent of the anti-Christ to the written word.
First, this technology is not going on, and to be quite honest, the proliferation of eReaders will continue to expand - and use of the printed book will continue to decline - as those whose entire lives are immersed with technology will tend to lean towards technology for their reading needs.
I also see an additional benefit to eReaders that I haven't seen discussed much. The more affordable price of digital books, and the vast collection of public domain materials will only serve to encourage others to not only read more but also to explore different authors and genres. Case in point with regards to myself, I was recently reading a book in which the characters were discussing Sherlock Holmes. I had probably read it as a little boy but I haven't read in years. Having the books immediately - and cheaply - accessible via the online bookstore made it too easy for me to download the books. Had I needed to resort to going to a library or bookstore, I may have not been so spontaneous.
I don't think that anything that can encourage reading can be altogether all that dastardly.
I'd write some more on this issue, but I have a real backlog of books on my eReader, and I'm losing the battle!