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View Poll Results: What is the right short form of 'electronic book'?
eBook 37 21.26%
ebook 89 51.15%
e-book 27 15.52%
none of them 3 1.72%
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Old 12-29-2012, 09:47 AM   #16
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It's eBook
Not according to Merriam Webster or OED. And besides I don't read a Book, so why would I read an eBook?

The only time I've seen that misspelling is by Adobe. It reminds me of Red Lobster, whose logo shows a lobster with only four pairs of legs instead of five.

The accepted spelling is e-book, and just like what happened with email, the common usage of ebook will become the accepted spelling in a matter of years.
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Old 12-29-2012, 11:32 AM   #17
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Daniel Jones wins the award for the most incorrect answer ... and haydnfan takes home the prize for the most correct answer.

As haydnfan says, the correct spelling is "e-book." Of course, that begs the question: According to who?

Well, it depends on which professional style guide you follow. Most every professional publication has its writers follow one specific style guide, and for those writers, the correct answer to any spelling or style question is whatever the most recent edition of the style guide they use says it is.

In the United States, at least, The AP (Associated Press) Style Guide is far and above the most-used guide, followed by The Chicago Manual of Style. Further confusing the matter, though, is the fact that most publications also have their own in-house style guides that are generally used to compliment The AP Guide, The Chicago Manual, or whatever other professional guide they follow.

So, what's the purpose, then, of having an in-house style guide? Well, not every single question is answered in the pro guides, so sometimes a publisher or publication has to settle on its own rule, so that its writers can always stay consistent in their published articles. Also, many trade publications use a lot of words -- industry jargon, for instance -- that you simply can't find in the AP Guide or the Chicago Manual. Again, in order to keep everyone on the same page, a publication needs to decide on its own rules for those specific words.

That is NOT the case, however, with the word "e-book." Both the 2011 and 2012 editions of The AP Style Guide use the "e-book" spelling. But as haydnfan rightly points out, that spelling will almost certainly change to "ebook" withing the next year or two, just as "e-mail" was eventually changed to "email" when the latter spelling became so much more omnipresent, especially in highly-regarded journalistic publications.

One question: Lots of you are clearly under the impression that the correct spelling of the word is "eBook." Where are you getting that from? I'm genuinely curious: Can any of you remember why you first started spelling it that way, and/or why you still think it's spelled that way? Thanks in advance.
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Old 12-31-2012, 12:58 PM   #18
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I use e-book, but hyphens tend to be dropped over time. "ebook" just looks like it should be pronounced "ehbook", but that's the way things are trending. "eBook" doesn't make sense, that looks like a proper name like the iPad.
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Old 01-03-2013, 03:42 AM   #19
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I choose ebook, because we also use email nowadays for example. That's my logic and I'm not the only one with that logic apparently.
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Old 01-03-2013, 03:54 AM   #20
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I think it will be ebook for the same reason as other hyphenated words lose them. Bed-Chamber = bedchamber and so forth. People write/type things out in the easiest way and over time that becomes the accepted manner.
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Old 01-03-2013, 09:12 AM   #21
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I've wavered, but from henceforth it shall be ebook.

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...In the United States, at least, The AP (Associated Press) Style Guide is far and above the most-used guide.... Both the 2011 and 2012 editions of The AP Style Guide use the "e-book" spelling....
...and when the AP Style Guide finally come around to adopting my preferred spelling, they can send me a check for the royalties.
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Old 01-03-2013, 09:15 AM   #22
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The correct word is...

eBook

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WHAT'S HOT IN eBOOKS <--- booksamillion.com/ebooks
eBooks: Romance, Mystery: eBook store: <--- www.booksonboard.com
eBook Readers - eBook Readers & Accessories <--- Amazon.com
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Sample eBook Library <--- adobe.com
eBook Readers <-- ectaco.com
eBook Search - Free Books for iBooks and other eBook readers <--- itunes.apple.com
eBook Free eBooks:: Reader Store <--- ebookstore.sony.com
Top 50 eBooks <--- kobobooks.com
NOOK Book (eBook) <--- barnesandnoble.com

Need I go on? I think not.

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Old 01-03-2013, 09:26 AM   #23
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Thanks for telling us, Jon. Now we know.

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Old 01-03-2013, 10:00 AM   #24
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Outside of the fact that the original thread is ancient (love the Magic Card by the way), who cares?
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Old 01-03-2013, 10:09 AM   #25
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Who cares? That's like saying it doesn't matter if you vote Republican, Democratic, or Independent. That's like saying it makes no difference if you dip or sprinkle. Who cares? You might as well say either pc OR Mac is fine.

Who cares? Sheesh!
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I prefer e'Bo'ok.
... or was that a fantasy novel character?
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Putting a capital letter in the middle of a word is never correct, as far as I'm concerned, although I'll grudgingly give in in a few cases of trademarks or other proper nouns. What are they going to do if they want to start a sentence with it?
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We only need the terms "e-book" or "paper book" when we need to specify the format. As e-books take up more and more of the market, there will be less need to make a distinction, and we may wind up using the term "e-book" less and less. Some places use "eBook", but that is a very peculiar usage - capitalization is for proper nouns - and is unlikely to become the standard.
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We only need the terms "e-book" or "paper book" when we need to specify the format. As e-books take up more and more of the market, there will be less need to make a distinction, and we may wind up using the term "e-book" less and less. Some places use "eBook", but that is a very peculiar usage - capitalization is for proper nouns - and is unlikely to become the standard.
It's eBook or pBook. Those are the terms to correctly use with the correct capitalization.
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