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Old 03-10-2008, 02:28 PM   #1
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Ebook, eBook or e-book?

How should we spell it? Email used to be "e-mail", but it was never eMail (except perhaps for sTeve jObs).

E-book with a hyphen has some merit because then you can talk about p-books, and pbooks sounds a bit odd. What do you prefer?
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Old 03-10-2008, 02:30 PM   #2
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I tend to use e-book, myself, but it's more just the habit I've developed.

I could add a poll to this for you, if you would like ...
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Old 03-10-2008, 02:34 PM   #3
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I use eBook and pBook. I suppose I could also use hcBook and pbBook as well if I wanted to differentiate.
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Old 03-10-2008, 02:52 PM   #4
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Thanks, NatCh, please do, but I thought I included one. It shows up in my browser, but maybe I pressed the wrong buttons.
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Old 03-10-2008, 03:00 PM   #5
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I think it should be book for digital books and pbook for paper books.
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Old 03-10-2008, 03:17 PM   #6
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Old 03-10-2008, 03:19 PM   #7
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I think it should be book for digital books and pbook for paper books.
Nice! :-)

I like this, but I’m not sure how likely it really is, even if most books are digital one day. Despite wide adoption of e-mail I rarely hear people use just “mail” to mean “e-mail.” I do hear explicit “physical mail” or (more rarely) “p-mail” though. So maybe we’ll get to the point that just saying “book” will evoke “e-book or p-book?” (Before the Singularity, I mean.)
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Old 03-10-2008, 03:26 PM   #8
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Old 03-10-2008, 03:27 PM   #9
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I voted for e-book, but only on principle. I'm not sure it will work out long term. eBook is too reminiscent of mac; ebook risks people pronouncing it eb-ook.
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What about EBook and E-Book as well?
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Old 03-10-2008, 03:51 PM   #11
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Thanks, NatCh, please do, but I thought I included one. It shows up in my browser, but maybe I pressed the wrong buttons.
Ah, yeah, it's there, I must have caught you before you finished posting it.
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Old 03-10-2008, 04:35 PM   #12
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ebook. If we'll have to capitalize or hyphenate every time we use this word we will find ourselves using it much less often . At least I know I will.
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Old 03-10-2008, 04:37 PM   #13
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Dave, I agree. I think "ebook" will triumph in the end, if it hasn't already.

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I seem to have gravitated towards ebook, ebook reader, pbook - probably from reading posts here. I know I also use email but I don't use vmail or pmail - I use voice mail and...snail mail.

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ebook. If we'll have to capitalize or hyphenate every time we use this word we will find ourselves using it much less often . At least I know I will.
I agree with Dave. I'm old enough that I didn't take typing (oh, it's called keyboarding now I think) in school & have trouble with fumble fingers.
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