The post is by the director and research coordinator at ASU Center for Science and the Imagination, and these guys are arguing in favor of adopting a new term in place of the word ebook. Why? Because reading an ebook is not like any other reading experience:
Neurological effects, different types of media, totally new reading habits—just a few reasons why e-reading is a fundamentally different experience than curling up with a dead-tree book. Print books are a highly refined technology that isn't going anywhere soon, but there are ways in which the digital is superior to the old-fangled, and vice versa: They’re horses of different colors.
And yet publishers keep trying to re-create the print experience online, with the faux wood of the iOS bookstore and the fake page-turning animations on many e-readers. It’s time for that to end. We need to embrace digital reading as its own medium, not just a book under glass. That means imagining a new language for reading as an experience, starting with a new word to use instead of book.
They propose that we replace all instances of the word ebook with the word codex:
Rather than grope forward, we decided to look back. With some trepidation, we would like to nominate codex, a word with a rich history that most of us don’t know anything about. Codex, derived from the Latin caudex (meaning “trunk of a tree”) even happens to contain the English word code, which will be central to the future of reading in a variety of ways.
I think this idea is a load of hooey, and I also think that they over-thought the idea. Check out their justification:
The things we’ll be reading in the future will not only involve a lot of programming; they’ll also require readers to decode complex, multilayered experiences and encode their own ideas as contributions in a variety of creative ways.
I don't see any value gained from trying to swap out one term for another and I also don't see how it could be accomplished in any practical way, but I wanted to hear other opinion. That post on Slate doesn't have a comment section, and I would like to see this issue debated.
What do you think?