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Does Apple Own the Digital Page Turn or Doesn’t It?
November 20, 2012 | 7:05 pm

By Brian Howard | for Book Business On Friday afternoon, The New York Times' Nick Bilton posted an item on the paper's Bits blog entitled "Apple Now Owns The Page Turn," citing U.S. Patent D670,713. Incredulous, Bilton wrote: This design patent, titled, “Display screen or portion thereof with animated graphical user interface,” gives Apple the exclusive rights to the page turn in an e-reader application. Yes, that’s right. Apple now owns the page turn. You know, as when you turn a page with your hand. An “interface” that has been around for hundreds of years in physical form. I swear I’ve seen similar animation in Disney or Warner...

Is Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore the first novel for the TeleRead generation?
October 13, 2012 | 12:23 pm

Robin Sloan Kickstarter Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore"'Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore' is a story about a young man who loses his job as part of the Great Recession of the early part of the 21st century, and gets a new one working a night-shift at a 24-hour bookstore in San Francisco. He quickly discovers that there's much more than meets the eye to this store. And before long, he's criss-crossing the country and enlisting all his friends in the quest to hack the code behind this mysterious place. "I actually wrote this book for myself—or for people like me—because I was tired of people asking the question, 'Books, or cool digital...

Do E-Readers Really Present a Threat to Airplanes?
September 2, 2012 | 5:42 pm

The increasingly heated national debate surrounding the use of personal electronic devices on airplanes has been chugging along steadily for years now. And yet thanks to the laudable efforts of the New York Times' Nick Bilton, the conversation has once again become news. As many of you are undoubtedly aware, a now-legendary Bilton piece appearing in the Times in late March—in which he criticized the F.A.A.'s  rules against using e-readers and tablets during taxi, takeoff or landing—actually resulted in a somewhat positive governmental response: The F.A.A. promised to take "a fresh look" at the issue. Frequent fliers everywhere, of course, have long been equally befuddled and frustrated by the...

An e-book lover yearns for paper books…but does not buy any
June 18, 2012 | 9:59 pm

Nick Bilton has a piece in the New York Times in which he tells of how he wandered into an old bookshop in New York and stared (and smelled) nostalgically at the printed pages all around. As an avowed e-reader now, he nonetheless misses the experience of shopping in bookstores. For those of us who have switched to e-readers , the e-book shopping experience, while immediate and painless, is about as sentimental as a trip to the family doctor. There are no creaking doors, or bells that announce your arrival so someone can smile at you as you walk inside. There...

What the printing press meant for copyist monks
February 26, 2011 | 4:05 pm

525px-TrithemiusmoredetailThe more things change, the more they stay the same. The technopanics we’re seeing now over e-books replacing print books, computer gaming ruining people’s minds, and other technophobias of the day are nothing new. I’ve reviewed a book to that effect—Nick Bilton’s I Live in the Future & Here’s How It Works. On Techdirt the other day, I spotted a link to a historical analysis of the life of fifteenth-century abbot Johannes Trithemius, who really, really hated the printing press for what it was doing to the business of copyist monks. It’s very interesting reading, not least because...

Of camera phones and photocopying books
January 24, 2011 | 10:47 pm

NickBiltonNick Bilton (author of I Live in the Future & Here’s How It Works) has a piece in the New York Times pertaining to himself and his wife using their iPhones to snap photos of pages from some books in Barnes & Noble, for the purpose of showing them to their contractor as they planned interior design ideas for a new home. Afterward, Bilton found himself wondering about the morality and legality of what they had done, so he did some research into the matter. He compares the camera phone to the Xerox copy machine and the controversy it...

French study finds e-media generation gap
October 13, 2010 | 7:15 am

future1_thumb[1] Alan D. Mutter has another interesting post on his “Reflections of a Newsosaur” blog. He talks about a French study that highlights the differences in worldview between older and younger generations. Whether accidentally or intentionally, the study uses the same term for the younger generation that Nick Bilton does in his book I Live in the Future and Here’s How It Works, calling them “digital natives”. And these digital natives tend to be more untrustworthy of authority, addicted to reading off of screens whereby they can absorb as much data as fast as they can, and intrigued...

Book Review: I Live in the Future & Here’s How It Works, by Nick Bilton
September 30, 2010 | 11:15 am

future[1] A couple weeks ago, I posted about reviews of Nick Bilton’s new book, I Live in the Future & Here’s How It Works. After reading the sample chapters, I was intrigued, but I don’t have the money right now to go around buying books just because I want to read them. So I hopped on the web, and a short time later I was reading the book for free. (That is to say, I placed a hold request at my public library’s website, and a few days later picked up the hardcover. Why, what did you think I...

New book by Nick Bilton on technological disruption and apocalypses that never arrived
September 16, 2010 | 12:15 pm

future Mike Masnick on TechDirt links to a Slate review by Jack Shafer of an interesting-looking book: I Live in the Future & Here’s How It Works: Why Your World, Work, and Brain are Being Creatively Disrupted, by Nick Bilton. (We’ve mentioned Bilton a few times in the past, such as when he was told he couldn’t read an e-book at a a coffeeshop, or when he got into a discussion with fellow writer George Packer about whether the Internet affects attention span.) The review, and Masnick’s review of the review, focuses on predictions of techno-apocalypse throughout history: ...