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ebook 56 50.00%
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Old 03-10-2008, 05:21 PM   #16
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When I am reading what someone else has typed, I do have no problem with reading ebook, pbook, eBook, or pBook. it is when it's Ebook or Pbook that is it becomes a small bother.
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Old 03-10-2008, 05:43 PM   #17
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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.
Me too. In fact, my office mates accuse me of typing with my elbows. Thus I vote for ebook.
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Old 03-10-2008, 05:50 PM   #18
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I prefer to read ebooks on my liseuse. The other sort I call "legacy books" or pbooks.
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Old 03-10-2008, 06:19 PM   #19
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I prefer to read ebooks on my liseuse. The other sort I call "legacy books" or pbooks.
Liseuse is a leather cover for paper books. I'd go with Lisette. Of course that would make my wife jealous...
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Old 03-11-2008, 07:10 AM   #20
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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?
It was always eMail for me...

But I'm not a native speaker / writer, though.. come to think of it.. a programmer..

So it should be eBook and pBook but I'm used to p-book and I can't distinguish the sound ..

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Old 03-11-2008, 06:21 PM   #21
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Liseuse is a leather cover for paper books.
According to Zelda it's also the preferred French term for the "electronic device for displaying ebooks", at least over in the name your device thread. I don't actually know, one of my ambitions is to never visit France.
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Old 03-11-2008, 06:56 PM   #22
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According to Zelda it's also the preferred French term for the "electronic device for displaying ebooks", at least over in the name your device thread. I don't actually know, one of my ambitions is to never visit France.
Actually Zelda and her relations are trying to instate the name as a standard for ebook reading devices in French. This word already exists with five different definitions, none of which resembles anything to do with electrons. I think they're going overboard with this, but that's my two bits.
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Old 03-11-2008, 07:50 PM   #23
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Why would a person endeavour to not visit the seat of civility, culture, and really good food?

Merthinks that such a person must not like freedom or democracy.

Yvan: what are the other meanings of 'liseuse?'

Personally, I think that the device used to read digital texts should itself be called an "ebook," but I think that I stand in the minority on that account.
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Old 03-11-2008, 08:11 PM   #24
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Personally, I think that the device used to read digital texts should itself be called an "ebook," but I think that I stand in the minority on that account.
Not according to the poll results when I took the poll today:

ebook -- 26 -- 60.47%
e-book -- 8 -- 18.60%
eBook -- 9 -- 20.93%
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Old 03-11-2008, 08:16 PM   #25
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Why would a person endeavour to not visit the seat of civility, culture, and really good food?

Merthinks that such a person must not like freedom or democracy.

Yvan: what are the other meanings of 'liseuse?'

Personally, I think that the device used to read digital texts should itself be called an "ebook," but I think that I stand in the minority on that account.
One of the definitions is the one I gave and knew since I was a kid: a book protector. Then there is a small table for books, a reading lamp, a piece of clothing for reading comfort and a small knife used as a bookmarker, I guess a remnant of the days when you had to separate the pages when you bought a book. Remember those? I still have a few my grandma left when she died, I keep them virgin.

Your calling the devices 'ebooks' has some history behind. I vividly remember the first devices being called that way. I only changed my way of calling them that when joining MR.
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Not according to the poll results when I took the poll today:
The poll is about how to spell the word, not what it means.

To most of us I think an ebook is the text. The device is a laptop, or a computer, or a liseuse.
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The device is a laptop, or a computer, or a liseuse.
Keep repeating it... that'll make it true!
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Given my druthers, the device--that is, a dedicated, or at least faithful with perhaps an occasionally wandering glance, device made for displaying primarily text and static images--would be an ebook, or an electronic book onibus-alacious compenditor.

Further, I refer to the documents that we avid simians view and turn the squiggles therein to abstract concepts as "digital texts." Besides providing clarity (if not concision), by utilising such a phrase, am removing the power that the publishing hegemony has over the reader as a subject by redefining the object in the relationship.

That is to say, I really do not care about the delivery system of the file or ideas therein, so I attempt to distance myself from referring to the electronic file as a 'book.' This is especially important when one considers that not every file is an actual novel or reference work, and could comprise merely a short story or whathaveyou.

There's quite a bit of whathaveyou flying about the interwebs these days.

@Yvan: a knife to read books? Thought that all the cellulose-devotees were big on preserving books. ;-)

Interesting to note that a word relating to reading can have so many connotations.
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Old 03-12-2008, 12:32 AM   #29
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@Yvan: a knife to read books? Thought that all the cellulose-devotees were big on preserving books. ;-)
Books used to come "uncut" -- that is the pages were not separate from each other at the edges. In order to read them you had to cut the pages apart.

Have a look here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:U...k_p1190369.jpg, and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book#Bookbinding
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It's much too late now, but maybe the text itself should be called an "etext" and a dedicated device for displaying it (as opposed to a general purpose computer) should be an "ebook". What a rats' nests is English usage!
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