28 Jan '15, 8pm

The Language of E-books

The Language of E-books

Remember the Internet Explorer vs. Netscape “browser wars” back in 1995 or so? That’s where e-book formats are today . —Jani Patokallio September 14, 2000, is a date which will live in, well, “nonfamy,” if I may be permitted such a neologism. That day, Microsoft released Windows Millennium Edition, its most forgettable operating system. It was also the day I posted the entry p-book to my Word Spy site, along with the following prognostication: “Within a few years, using the word ‘book’ without any kind of modifier will be confusing because people won’t know if you’re talking about a book printed on paper or one that’s printed on electrons (so to speak). So I predict that ‘p-book’…will become a common noun that will help us distinguish between the paper and electronic formats.” For a while it looked like I couldn’t have been more wrong. The number of citations for “p-book” ...

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