Google translate gives me "електронна книга" but I would've guessed there would be a shorter word - is there not? What word do people actually use?

  • The closest i can think is "Є-книга" which is basically the same of what e-book to electronic book is
    – Same_luck
    Aug 14, 2022 at 10:20
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    I am afraid Google is right. We normally say "електронна книга/книжка". You can omit "електронна" if it is clear or there's no need in pointing it out. Aug 14, 2022 at 21:28

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The word електрика and many of its derivatives(*1) — including електроніка and електроннийare usually shortened to ел., therefore ел. пошта, ел. книга are in usage.

Other variations are usually calques or transcriptions: е(-)книга, і(-)книга, е(-)бук, і(-)бук.

For comparison, let's take a look at how the word e-mail is translated to Ukrainian according to some dictionaries:

(*1) a notable exception is електричний which gets abbreviated as елек[тр]:

електросушарка — electric dryer

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    So am I right to conclude that there's no single settled answer in common use and if I want to google for "ebook <some title>" I need to try multiple versions of the word?
    – weronika
    Aug 14, 2022 at 18:13
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    @weronika Sadly, but, yeah, thereʼs no single settled answer. For to google you can use one-two variations because Google [usually] knows about synonyms. Aug 14, 2022 at 18:44
  • Ти забув варіант просто електронна книжка. Крім того - електронна, не електрична.
    – improbable
    Aug 23, 2022 at 11:14
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    @improbable перечитайте запитання і відповідь. Бо запитання про скоротку до електронна книга, а ваше крім того геть не до місця, бо я не писав електрична книга, тут електричний згаданий лише як виняток: не ел., а елек[тр.]. Aug 23, 2022 at 18:33
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    @stegetsj я теж не з першого разу зрозумів, що йдеться про виняток. З вашого дозволу, я зроблю правку допису — а саме, винесу неважливий виняток у зноску. Якщо це не те, що ви мали на увазі, — не заперечуватиму, якщо ви відкотите (rollback) мою правку. Aug 25, 2022 at 22:23

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