It was Reading who had the first shot on the target in the match, with John Ruddy being forced to push away a fierce Garath McCleary strike from 25 yards.
Norwich rarely threatened in the first period and Bradley Johnson's wayward effort from the edge of the box was the closest the visitors came to breaking the deadlock.
The Royals almost took the lead in fortunate fashion before the break after Jason Roberts had dispossessed Sebastian Bassong, but the striker's cross was deflected inches wide of Ruddy's post.
Norwich continued to struggle to create chances and almost allowed Reading to take the lead when Sean Morrison connected with a Nicky Shorey free kick but his header landed wide.
Jobi McAnuff looked Reading's biggest goal threat and the captain was close to breaking the deadlock with a curling effort that sailed over the crossbar.
Jimmy Kebe was the next player to try his luck with a goal-bound cross that clipped the bar before landing out of play.