Stephen Marche, que escribe sobre cultura pop en la revista Esquire, publicaba en The Wall Street Journal un interesantísimo artículo sobre la evolución de las formas de lectura a través de la historia. En esa trayectoria él menciona desde los códices medievales, pasando por la imprenta hasta llegar a lo que el denomina "transbook" y no "e-reader" (un término elegido por ingenieros, no por poetas).
"I am immensely excited for the new phase of the book. So far the new technology has been called the "e-reader," a term obviously picked by engineers, not poets. In literary terms it's a transbook, by which I mean that it is the book which can contain all books. Why are so many writers so afraid of this staggeringly wonderful possibility? A book is a singular object that can contain many voices, but the transbook has the potential to be a singular object containing all voices. It is not just another kind of media; it is the dream of ultimate text".
Y concretamente utiliza la palabra transbook para referirse al Kindle 2 de Amazon:
"Kindle 2 isn't really about what we may or may not want as readers and writers. It's about what the book wants to be. And the book wants to be itself and everything. It wants to be a vast abridgment of the universe that you can hold in your hand. It wants to be the transbook".