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View Poll Results: What is your preferred way of referring to non-ebooks?
'Pbook' (short for print book or printed book) 10 8.33%
'Pbook' (short for paper book) 13 10.83%
'Pbook' (short for physical book) 7 5.83%
'Pbook' (never thought about what it's short for) 4 3.33%
'Print Book' or 'Printed Book' 10 8.33%
'Paper Book' 48 40.00%
'Physical Book' 14 11.67%
'DTB' (short for dead tree book) 9 7.50%
'Dead Tree Book' 14 11.67%
'Real Book' 4 3.33%
'Spine Book' or 'Spined Book' 0 0%
'Book' 35 29.17%
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Old 07-03-2017, 10:44 AM   #1
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What is your preferred way of referring to non-ebooks? (when needing to distinguish)

I've noticed a few different words for this so wanted to see what others think.

I am of course referring to instances of needing to distinguish from ebooks; otherwise I'm aware that most of us would just call them books. Note that I did still include plain 'book' since some may prefer this but consider carefully before voting this option as it would obviously be the most confusing and least clear of the options (e.g. this would mean that those who only read ebooks would state, 'Oh, I never read books anymore').

I've included both some shortened forms and long forms of which one or the other might be used. I've also included varying interpretations of 'pbook' since, though I know the original intention, I've heard people interpret it in different ways.

The vote is multiple choice so vote for whichever you prefer to use.
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Old 07-03-2017, 11:03 AM   #2
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I am assuming you mean on the internet.
For my cookbooks, they are referred to as HB, PB, SP, and BL in the catalog (digital not card).
HB is hardback, PB is paperback, SP is spiral and BL is booklet.
I do hope this helps.
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Old 07-03-2017, 11:13 AM   #3
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I am assuming you mean on the internet.
Both on the internet and off.
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Old 07-03-2017, 11:26 AM   #4
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Both on the internet and off.
In that case, glad I gave a detailed answer.
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Old 07-03-2017, 11:29 AM   #5
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Typed: "pbook" if/when I need to distinguish medium, otherwise just "book"

Spoken: "printed book" or "paper book", again only if/when I need to distinguish medium.
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Old 07-03-2017, 12:35 PM   #6
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Paper book for me...
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Old 07-03-2017, 12:46 PM   #7
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And for human voice recorder books, I call them "audio books".
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Old 07-03-2017, 12:55 PM   #8
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Then eBooks must be 'Unreal books'

Accountants keep 'Books'
Bookies keep your Money . Wait, that is also what Publishers do
You 'Book' a reservation.

What is it with this needing a precise label for a format?
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Then eBooks must be 'Unreal books'

Accountants keep 'Books'
Bookies keep your Money . Wait, that is also what Publishers do
You 'Book' a reservation.

What is it with this needing a precise label for a format?
Well in my case, it is to make it easier to find a specific book.
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Old 07-03-2017, 01:25 PM   #10
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What is it with this needing a precise label for a format?
It's not about precise labelling but rather curiosity on what labels people do use. It's fine if they use any of these but there's a need to be able to somehow distinguish from ebooks.

I think there's a plethora of options because those of us who need to distinguish from ebooks constantly enough to use any of these terms are a small minority of the population (heavy readers who read ebooks, and the publishing industry) and so we haven't settled on one term or meaning yet; instead we seem to come up with more new ones!
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My books are tagged as *ebook or *print at LibraryThing... The * prefix is to bring the tags to the top of my tag list.
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Old 07-03-2017, 08:47 PM   #12
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In real life, I use 'book' and 'e-book.'

Online/MR, where an e-book is often also seen as a book, I use 'pbook' and 'e-book.'

Don't ask me why I don't put a dash between the p and b in pbook. I just took the terms from the internet 10 years ago, and back then, they were spelled as such.
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Old 07-03-2017, 10:51 PM   #13
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"Paper book" when I'm aiming for clarity, pbook or treebook for short.
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Old 07-04-2017, 12:29 AM   #14
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I chose 'Print Book' or 'Printed Book' but I actually tend to refer to them as 'paperback edition' (meaning mass market paperback size), 'trade paperback', or 'hardcover'.

I keep a listing of all the books I own in Word, organized by authors. It includes the book title, series info, publishing date, and formats. When I started I had mostly paperbacks, so if nothing is notated for format I only own the paperback. Otherwise I notate "have trade paperback edition" or "have hardcover edition" or "have digital edition" or "have hardcover & digital editions" (or whatever the combination is). I've continued labeling the same way even though I went 99% digital several years ago.

But even though I have a bunch of formats (LIT, PDF, MOBI, PMLZ, ePub, etc) they are all labeled as 'digital book' since I've used Calibre to convert them all to ePub. I don't tend to differentiate between digital formats unless the discussion calls for it. I also use 'eBook' as often as 'digital book' when talking about them (either in person or online).
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When talking with friends paper books are books and "e-books" are digital files.
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