With electronic books on the rise, people are wondering which is correct:
Some people say, “Who cares as long as people know you are talking about an “electronic book.”
Writing e-book is similar to writing e-mail. There are variations and we should care how it it is written.
According to Daily Writing Tips there are a few rules to consider:
When using the word at the beginning of a sentence, it is always with the capital E as in “E-books are fun to read.”
- Use eBook if you want to be classy.
- Using eBook is not good for advertising purposes.
- On the AskOxford site it’s spelled ebook.
- According to the Oxford English Dictionary, it is spelled e-book.
- Merriam-Webster also favors e-book.
- The Chicago Manual of Style has the spelling e-book in its index.
- The Penguin Writer’s Manual doesn’t have it listed, but e-mail is listed. Therefore, when the word is included, it will likely be e-book as well.
- Word processing programs recognize e-book as the correct spelling.
- According to the standard sources, e-book is the spelling of choice.
- This writer’s preference is e-book.
- The publishing marketplace eBook seems to be more popular.
- There’s an online store called eBooks.com
- The ad for the Microsoft Reader uses eBook.
- There’s a Sony eBook Store.
- Barnes & Noble calls them eBooks.
An experiment was run using three different spellings: Ebook, ebook, and eBook. According to his results, Ebook and ebook got about the same number of clicks, but eBook received hardly any.
Whichever way you decide to spell the word, be consistent throughout your writing. Spell it the same way every time.