On February 21, 2011, in Dan Poynter, by admin
by Dan Poynter, the Book Futurist, http://ParaPub.com

New words are often appended to existing words to help explain what they mean.

Such is the case with “electronic book.”

Initially, it was written e-book and most (printed) style manuals still reference the word this way.

Years ago, we dropped the hyphen and wrote the word “eBook.”

We figured ebooks had earned the right to have their own word and not be hyphenated.

However, we capitalized the “B” to make the word more recognizable.

Now that the ebook has reached the tipping point and distribution will soon surpass the printed book, it deserves to be recognized as its own word.

It is time to spell the word “ebook.”

When starting a sentence, the first letter should be capitalized and read: ”Ebook.”

The only exception will be in some URLs. For example, which are clearer?

www.globalebookawards.com or  www.GlobalEbookAwards.com

www.awardsforebooks.com or  www.AwardsForEbooks.com

The ebook is now universally known and has earned the right to be its own word.


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