Ok Snarklings one and all, yes Miss Snark used terms incorrectly.
Yes, all of you, who wrote to take Miss Snark to task, are correct. (and by the way, thank you)
For those who didn't catch the mistake and still think of Miss Snark as perfection in pumps, herewith:
POD is print on demand. It's a printing technology. You get actual paper. POD books can look like actual hold in your hand, read in the bathtub books.
Ebook is electronic text. This blog is electronic for example. Ebooks are read on little ebook machines. Miss Snark has seen them, and so far, can't stand them. But there are devotees who would read everything in e-format if they could. Sarah's blog has a comment on this after her post on TPO yesterday.
So, charging someone $24.95 to download 80 pages from a PDF file isn't really POD and it sure as heck isn't an ebook. It's like xeroxing the professor's teaching notes for class.
There's nothing inherently wrong or bad about POD. It has become a shorthand way to refer to junk publishing but 35 years ago "Made in Japan" was synonomous with junk manufacturing. Things do change. Miss Snark is one of those who thinks POD is going to have a much bigger place in the publishing world relatively soon.
And now, time to go earn my keep.