I still do not see the major appeal to the e-book market, as is. Costly devices (yay, another thing I have to keep track of and charge), costly e-books (which makes me laugh, seeing anyone pay even NEAR the cost of a physical book for what is basically a glorified text file), and DRM (need I say more?) is a recipe for fail.
I've never had a need to carry so many books that it becomes cumbersome enough to warranty an electronic device, even though I can chew through books at a reasonable pace. Other than the positive environmental impact (no trees used, etc.) this seems like a solution looking for a problem.
Frankly, poking around someone's home to "discover" things sounds a bit creepy, although I think I get what the author is trying to convey.
Between Yahoo Pipes, several blogs (and one blag), twitter (including TwitScoop), and various online news sites, it's actually very hard to not be bombarded with new, random discoveries around the clock. Certainly better than the occasional visit to a friend's house.