[Libs-Or] Pronounce "pbook".

hleman at samhealth.org hleman at samhealth.org
Wed Jan 19 06:20:08 PST 2011

Hi, Jim. Good question--I would go with "pee-book" or "fook." Neither sounds ideal!

From: Jim Knutson [tintin at exchangenet.net]
Sent: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 6:00 AM
To: Hope Leman; libs-or at listsmart.osl.state.or.us
Subject: Pronounce "pbook".

Wouldn't ya know the invented new word would be unpronounceable. Strictly a print word, not a spoken word.

Gonna have to change it if it's something we're going to ask patrons. "Are you looking for that as pbook or an e-book?"

Unless we just start submitting notes to them. But they still say, "What is a pbook? It says right here 'Are you looking for a pbook?' What is a pbook?" (Reminds me of the "gub" gag in Woody Allen's Take the Money and Run. Arguing with Allen as bank robber who's submitted the teller a note, the teller and others are telling him, "No, it says right here, 'I have a gub.' What is a gub?"

A pbook? Or is it a silent "p", as in pneumonia? What's the rule on "p before b"?


From: hleman at samhealth.org<mailto:hleman at samhealth.org>
To: libs-or at listsmart.osl.state.or.us<mailto:libs-or at listsmart.osl.state.or.us>
Sent: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 5:03 AM
Subject: [Libs-Or] Interesting article by our own Buzzy Nielsen


I found this sentence, for instance, quite interesting, "...print books (hereafter referred to as pbooks when it is important to distinguish them from electronic books, or ebooks)."


Hope Leman, MLIS
Research Information Technologist
Center for Health Research and Quality
Samaritan Health Services

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