It goes without saying that reading is used very thoroughly in business, as in almost every other aspect of life. It is pretty difficult to imagine a world without it. However, the old ways in which we obtain information are rapidly changing, and as the required reading articles pointed out, humans are in a transition phase from reading physical printed books to reading on screens. There are pros and cons for each, and that debate rages and will continue to do so for some time. But it is certain that this new method of reading will affect the business and energy world.
One of the greatest pros of digital reading, despite a few drawbacks, is the use of hypertextuality. This innovation has made it possible for humans to easily maneuver through literally billions of related texts. The accessibility and ease of use of hyperlinks is perhaps one of the greatest innovations of the information age. This has made it possible for businesses to keep track of excessive amounts of information with little to no difficulty. With the click of a mouse, one can transition from an article on the death of Ghaddafi to another on how his downfall will affect the Libyan economy and thus the potential effects with respect to oil on the United States.