What’s in a Name?
As Juliet asked Romeo “What’s in a name. That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet.” (Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare) so we as librarians are asking each other if the moniker e-book is a relevant name in the era of electronic publication. Is an e-book just a collection of data, in essence a database? Should we come up with a new word for the concept of e-book? Or is this something that will naturally change as technology evolves? If an electronic textbook includes multimedia and interactivity is it still an e-book? Will the term e-book eventually sound as old fashioned as horseless carriage? What do you think?
Click and Jane, by Virginia Heffernan http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/01/magazine/01wwln-medium-t.html?_r=2&emc=eta1
E-books and Their Containers: A Bestiary of the Evolving Book, posted by Joseph Esposito http://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2011/01/18/e-books-and-their-containers/
- Valerie Lynn, Member at Large, CRD