As e-readers gain popularity, along with general-purpose tablets that can be used to read books and magazines, more and more travelers are boarding flights without the formerly omnipresent book or magazine. Of course, they're being told to turn off all electronic devices for take-off and landing, which for some nervous travelers is when they most need a little distraction.
The airline magazine in the seatback pocket in front of you may provide some entertainment for a few minutes, but for those who fly more than once a month, it won't hold up. The skymall catalog won't get you very far, either.
Do you bring an e-reader for long flights, but a dead-tree-edition book or magazine or two for the stretch of time below 10,000 feet when you won't be allowed to read on an electronic screen?
Do you think airlines and regulators will eventually bow to pressure and allow passengers to use electronic devices, or at least those without transmitters, throughout the flight? Many electronic devices including music players, e-readers, and laptops can be used in flight, above 10,000 feet in altitude, when put in "airplane mode" or with any cellular or Wi-Fi radios turned off, but all electronic devices (often defined as "anything with an on-off switch" so as to exclude things like wristwatches and pacemakers) must be turned off for take-off and landing.