Nick Bilton, the Times "Bits" blogger, wrote an odious post this morning about the nostalgia induced by paper books. While wandering aimelessly around Manhattan, Bilton stumbles into a moldering used bookstore straight out of Gremlins and is overcome with feeling:
The scent of physical books
— the paper, the ink, the glue — can conjure up memories of a summer
day spent reading on a beach, a fall afternoon in a coffee shop, or an
overstuffed chair by a fireplace as rain patters on a windowsill.
NICK BILTON is one of the people we listen to most closely on tech. Now the Times' lead technology writer, he's a veteran of New York Press (during that publication's golden years) and of the Times's research-and-development lab. In his new book, I Live In the Future and Here's How It Works, he begins by checking in on an industry often credited with pushing digital innovation -- yep, porn -- and discovers that it has suffered a death just as ugly as any entrenched old-media vertical.