(n.); soft, delicate, tender; from the Old English hnesce (“soft in texture”) or Gothic hnasqus (“tender; soft”)
“Over the years, I’ve gone back and forth over the merits of print versus digital books so many times, it’s as if I were in an abusive relationship with myself. But my mother’s passing and the sentimental value of her library have finally put an end to that debate in my head.”
–Nick Bilton, “In a Mother’s Spirit”
We’re all more than familiar with the raging debate over the “digital revolution” allegedly rocking the publishing world. There are many compelling arguments for why print books provide a superior reading experience; likewise, there are just as many eloquent rebuttals in defense of the new reading mediums. Last week in the New York Times, self-professed e-book convert Nick Bilton offered a delicate and touching introspection on the balance between digital and print, and on living a life “filled with beautiful words,” be they in print or digital.