I’ve been reading Lyon’s fascinating book lately. He discusses some reasonably well known topics such as technological developments regarding books; things like changes in binding and printing and the development of text conventions. The area which I found fascinating was the commentary on what it meant to be a reader at different points in history. Lyons documents reading from the preserve of a select few to contemporary widespread practice. He writes about the difference between traditional intensive reading and newer forms of extensive (but often shallow) reading.
Lyons, M. (2010). A history of reading and writing in the western world. Basingstoke, England: Palgrave Macmillan.