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Old 02-17-2008, 07:29 AM   #1
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"E-reader devices", naming

What about rpod, repod, readpod or readingpod?

In Norwegian the word "leseplate" is commonly used. "Lese" is Norwegian for "read" and "plate" is the same word as the English equivalent but in Norwegian it has a slightly different meaning excluding saucers and the like. Maybe the English word "pod" would be better.
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What about rpod, repod, readpod or readingpod?

In Norwegian the word "leseplate" is commonly used. "Lese" is Norwegian for "read" and "plate" is the same word as the English equivalent but in Norwegian it has a slightly different meaning excluding saucers and the like. Maybe the English word "pod" would be better.
I prefer names such as Fred, Bill, Mark.
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Old 02-17-2008, 08:42 AM   #4
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i think i'll name my device spike.

that's right, my eb1150 is a bada$$.

EDIT : ok, maybe not spike, i just realized half the planet will think i named it for a "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" character. some other 1940's gangster-type name. maybe Shifty. or one-eyed Mack. i'll get back to you.

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I was thinking of a more common term then the ones you love trolls use
when speaking to your gpods in sleep.
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i think i'll name my device spike.

that's right, my eb1150 is a bada$$.

EDIT : ok, maybe not spike, i just realized half the planet will think i named it for a "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" character. some other 1940's gangster-type name. maybe Shifty. or one-eyed Mack. i'll get back to you.
That was indeed my first thought. I almost posted a "William the Bloody" reference.
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Old 02-17-2008, 10:14 AM   #7
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That was indeed my first thought. I almost posted a "William the Bloody" reference.
who is that ?

(i'm *not* actually a rabid Buffy fan, you see...)
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Old 02-17-2008, 10:27 AM   #8
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What about rpod, repod, readpod or readingpod?

In Norwegian the word "leseplate" is commonly used. "Lese" is Norwegian for "read" and "plate" is the same word as the English equivalent but in Norwegian it has a slightly different meaning excluding saucers and the like. Maybe the English word "pod" would be better.
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to reply in a sincere and non-trollish way to the original post, in fact i like the french term "liseuse" very much as a generic word (someone proposed that on a blog about e-book devices, but i don't remember who / which blog), which can be translated as "reader" quite simply. however i suppose you are probably looking for an english term...

other than describing it as "an ipod for books" when explaining it to my friends, i don't know if i like the term "pod". it has scary connotations of aliens who steal your brain.

but what would a gpod be now ?
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who is that ?

(i'm *not* actually a rabid Buffy fan, you see...)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_the_Bloody
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Old 02-17-2008, 11:05 AM   #10
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but what would a gpod be now ?
Trying to be as exact as possible answering this troll free question : “gpod” is an embarrassing dyslectics idiotic typo for rpod.

I am more concerned with Jobs than with other aliens when it comes to connotations. Another candidate would be to replace the vocal with an “a”:

Have you seen my readpad? It’s a Cybbok! Probably the best readpad ever.
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To be serious, I do not want my 505 to be called anything pod as that is too Applish.
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Seeing as I am a recovering English Major, cannot thing of anything noun-pod in any way other than referencing Greek. Thus, having a device that reminds me of feet but is in no way related to feet? A bit odd.

I do like deriding trendy techy things by adding the "i" suffix. One, because an lonely I should never be left so naked and small, and two because the cult of Macs/Graphics artists sometimes annoys me.

A friend bought a Honda Element. Brought it round to show the boys. First words out of his mouth: "it plays my iPod." Thereafter, everyone calls his car the "iHonda" thanks to me.

I would name my PRS Medusa, if I were into that. Maybe, keeping with the 'pod' meme, Architeuthis

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Now, I call my Iliad "George", because, well, he looks like a George. Nothing literary at all behind it - he just looks like a George (my eleven user cameras have names too...but that's another story, like the name of my car, or the clown in the rafters of the garage, or the plastic teddy bear hanging by his neck under the house watched over by Spidey and Miow Miow...ahh, so many stories, so little time...). Anyway, his name's George. I don't talk to him (I'm not an idiot - I have dogs to speak to).

Anyway, since the whole thing is simply a book, or multiple books, or anyway potentially a big change in how we see a "book" in future, I was thinking a name like "Book II", but just calling the device a "booktoo".

It doesn't really matter I suppose. I still tell my friends and family it's an e-reader, in the same way I call a flying disk a frisbee, an insulated flask a thermos, a foam caddy for my beer an esky and a small sticky bandage a bandaid, and lest anyone be willing to take it up with me that that personal usage is inappropriate, confusing and possibly infringing trademark or copyright legislation they should note that I'm also willing to brand and brandish all of these items as an involuntary suppository - forewarned is disarmed, as they say.

So, whatever it ends up being called (since "ebook reader device" is about as elegant as a drunken giraffe on roller skates trying to look at the back of its own head), I'm all for it not starting with "i-" (quite blatantly a usage penned by someone in marketing - "first up against the wall when the revolution comes" - with a keen awareness for the penchant of us modern consumers to delight in say "I" as often as possible), nor ending in "pod" (as pods are sticky and aliens come out of them, which can't possibly be good, and besides I'm sure manufacturers won't mention the dangers of pods in the Troubleshooting Guide or will have a clause in their EULA absolving themselves from all responsibility for alien takeover).

So, bring on the naming. Perhaps something in Sumerian would be nice.

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Now, I call my Iliad "George", because, well, he looks like a George. (...) I don't talk to him (I'm not an idiot - I have dogs to speak to).

Anyway, since the whole thing is simply a book, or multiple books, or anyway potentially a big change in how we see a "book" in future, I was thinking a name like "Book II", but just calling the device a "booktoo".

(--snip--)

So, whatever it ends up being called (since "ebook reader device" is about as elegant as a drunken giraffe on roller skates trying to look at the back of its own head), I'm all for it not starting with "i-" (...), nor ending in "pod" (as pods are sticky and aliens come out of them, which can't possibly be good, and besides I'm sure manufacturers won't mention the dangers of pods in the Troubleshooting Guide or will have a clause in their EULA absolving themselves from all responsibility for alien takeover).

So, bring on the naming. Perhaps something in Sumerian would be nice.
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back on topic, i vote for Architeuthis ; i like the idea of literature deploying metaphoric tentacles and wrapping them around us as we read and are taken into the story. Medusa seems apt as well, for the fascination that reading can exercise on us and turn us apparently to stone (there is a verb in french, "méduser", of obvious etymology, which means to stupefy or petrify, it is a good way to describe what a good book can do to us), however the monstrous connotations of its origin may be dangerous... we don't want to frighten the novices after all. i also like the litteral exactitude of booktoo...

i'm glad to see i'm not the only one who thinks pods are potentially evil and treacherous.

perhaps something in sumerian *would* be nice ; plus, as a bonus, cuneiform = instant logo built right in.
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