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intro24's avatar

Is it nook or Nook?

Asked by intro24 (1396 points ) November 1st, 2009 from iPhone

I’m talking about the Barnes & Noble Nook e-book reader. Normally I would think the N would be capatalized but all the ads and even the fine print use nook with a lower case n. Just randomly wondering what the proper gramatical use is. Is it a capital N because it’s a proper noun or is it a lower case n because the company that made it said so?

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dpworkin's avatar

It is a brand name, and those are designed by advertising executives with help from focus groups. You will notice the “i” in iPhone and iPod.

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

I believe it was originally spelled Kindle.

intro24's avatar

@pdworkin You’re right. I didn’t think of that.

drdoombot's avatar

@jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities Eh. I happen to think the Nook is a superior device and quite different from the Kindle.

And before the Kindle was a twinkle in Amazon’s eye, Sony was making their own wonderful Reader (which I happen to own).

oratio's avatar

@drdoombot Which would you prefer; the Nook or the Sony Reader?

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

They may be choosing to not capitalize in order to get attention. As the poet e.e. cummings did and the chantuesse k.d.lang does.

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