“Did We Do Anything Wrong?”
Apparently the rightness or wrongness of going into Barnes & Noble and throwing around hundreds of dollars worth of new books that they didn’t own—and had no intention of purchasing—was never part of the discussion.
This sad-sack story does not make Mr. & Mrs. Nick Bilton—or Bilton’s editor at The Times, or America’s greatest newspaper—look particularly responsible.
Next time, Nick, go to the library. That’s what libraries are for.
P.S. I e-mailed a late draft of this piece to Nick Bilton and asked if he had anything he wanted to add. Bilton’s reply:
Doesn't look like there's much left for me to add to this: you felt the need to shred and attack my writing, wife, lifestyle, morals, etc. while I attempted to discuss a nascent copyright issue that is just starting to rear its head with the advent of high-res digital cameras. Sorry for bringing it up.
Have a nice day.
A Bit of Book Publishing History
The book industry is undergoing tectonic changes—from print to e-readers, from physical books stored in warehouses to digital content stored in a computer and produced one title at a time via print-on-demand, and the fall of bookstores to the rise of online buying. For roughly 50 years, the most profitable book publishing model was the book club—as in Book-of-the-Month, Literary Guild and myriad spin-offs. Check out Bob Scott’s “Book Club Wars”—a fascinating, gossipy saga of this once-huge niche business.
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