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SLP309
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what's in a name?

curious as to why the nook is called "nook"?  and why is the amazon kindle called "kindle"?

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Sardonicus
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Re: what's in a name?

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For what it's worth . . .

 

http://www.teleread.com/2009/10/23/why-bn-called-it-the-nook-maybe-just-because-theyre-dr-seuss-fans...

 

 

Not being a Seussologist, I'll just take Merrigan's word for it.

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SLP309
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Re: what's in a name?

thanks.....that was a funny read!:smileyhappy:  wonder what the other names were the employees had to choose from?

 

"kindle" just reminds me of something to start a fire.  lol

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Dyrinn45
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Re: what's in a name?

i think they called it a  nook, because (at least when i was young) people had reading "nooks" little areas in their houses where they would always sit and read. this ia  mobile sit and read device, so nook kind of fits

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Re: what's in a name?

 

Dyrinn45 wrote:

i think they called it a  nook, because (at least when i was young) people had reading "nooks" little areas in their houses where they would always sit and read. this ia  mobile sit and read device, so nook kind of fits

 

This is basically the answer given in the employee FAQ on the BN intranet. I still prefer Bravo though, it sounds so much more bombastic.

 

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Re: what's in a name?

SLP309 wrote:

why is the amazon kindle called "kindle"?

 

We'll probably never get an official answer. But here's an unofficial one:

http://www.printmag.com/Article/Who-Named-the-Kindle-(and-Why)

 

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Re: what's in a name?

the name Nook sort of made sense to me, thinking about it- a book nook is a small space filled with books and a place to sit and read- well my Nook is a fairly small item- filled with books.  I do wonder what the other options were though.  The name "Kindle" never really struck me as fitting, and I thought the explanation given in the article linked above sounded just like some marketing blah blah blah.  I did get made fun of my some friends when I posted my FB status as "I love my Nook" or something along those lines.

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Re: what's in a name?

 

flyingtoastr wrote:

 

 

This is basically the answer given in the employee FAQ on the BN intranet. I still prefer Bravo though, it sounds so much more bombastic.

 

 

 

Not that I actually know the answer, but I've always assumed at least part of the reason they didn't stick with "Bravo" was that they couldn't get the rights to use the name - for instance, Bravo TV is an entertainment company and the nook could be seen as an entertainment consumption device - possibility of market confusion (which is a specific trademark issue).  

 

If there's no crossover into each other's markets, different companies can use the same name, but if there's a risk of crossover, then it gets a lot stickier.

 

i.e., apple computer had an agreement with apple music (after some initial complaints) for years to allow them to use the "apple" name, provided that they didn't get into the music business.  When apple computer launched the ipod and itunes, that agreement went out the window and, I believe, there were some lawsuits involved.  

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Re: what's in a name?

"We took a look.
We saw a Nook.
On his head
he had a hook.
On his hook
he had a book."

 

a nook

This is the Internet. I'm not going to let my complete lack of actual knowledge stop me from giving my opinion....
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Re: what's in a name?

This is the most entertaining thread I have ver read on these boards, thanks to all!

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Dyrinn45 wrote:

i think they called it a  nook, because (at least when i was young) people had reading "nooks" little areas in their houses where they would always sit and read. this ia  mobile sit and read device, so nook kind of fits

 

This was always my belief as well, though, every time I see NOOK I think of how often I've mistyped "book" over the years because I hit the "n" key and wrote "nook."  It always make me laugh a little inside.