[Libs-Or] Libs-Or Digest, Vol 95, Issue 23

Peyton Stafford peyton at peytonstafford.com
Sat Jan 22 12:30:58 PST 2011

This is a fascinating discussion. Librarians who are interested in how
e-books are affecting libraries might want to join the LinkedIn discussion
group. Here is a link. You have to be a member of LinkedIn and request
permission to join the group.

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On Thu, Jan 20, 2011 at 12:00 PM, <libs-or-request at listsmart.osl.state.or.us
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>   1. Re: "pbook" (Buzzy Nielsen)
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> From: Buzzy Nielsen <bnielsen at cclsd.org>
> To: libs-or at listsmart.osl.state.or.us
> Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2011 11:48:41 -0800
> Subject: Re: [Libs-Or] "pbook"
>  Hi all,
> I suppose I should weigh in on this, since Paul and I are the culprits here
> in the degradation of language. We felt it important to distinguish between
> p-books (which we pronounced "pee-book," FWIW) and e-books for a few
> reasons:
>    1. We view "book" to have a somewhat broader definition that doesn't
>    necessarily entail a particular format. Instead, we see it as meaning a
>    sustained instance of argument or storytelling that is recorded in fixed
>    written form, thus distinguishing it from terms like "article." Thus, it
>    defines it type of information delivery system broadly that is not
>    necessarily connected to a particular analog or digital form. Esoteric, yes,
>    but that was our operating principle.
>    2. Given #1, we saw our primary purpose as reviewing the cost of
>    preserving the ideas and concepts, not necessarily the particular physical
>    or electronic objects in question. Here is where the format does matter, so
>    we felt the need to distinguish.
>    3. We found ourselves getting confused between formats while discussing
>    and writing this piece, so it helped us keep things straight.
>    4. We wanted to emphasize that that p-books require physical space,
>    accounting for the vast majority of their storage cost.
>    5. It got your attention, didn't it?
> But seriously, thanks to Hope for her kind words. I hope that some of you
> find this bit of library economics esoterica interesting.
> Cheers!
> Buzzy Nielsen
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> On 01/19/2011 12:22 PM, Laurisa Stubblefield wrote:
> "...print books (hereafter referred to as pbooks when it is important to
> distinguish them from electronic books, or ebooks)."
> No need for a new word!  "A book" (analogue book) is a book is a book, as
> it were.  As in "would you like *a book* or an *ebook*?"  It's the format
> against which the new forms must be distinguished (hence "ebook" and
> whatever comes next), not the other way around.
> Laurisa
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