Usage maven help needed.
I’ve been asked to help with technical issues on a website, but while reading the copy, I came across: “This downloadable e-book...”
The meaning and intent is clear, but it just seems, well, unprofessional, and this site is aimed at business professionals. I’m thinking that e-books are pretty much downloadable by definition, but she says she’s trying to convey a sense of “immediately available” that e-book by itself doesn’t have. I played with other configurations like, “This e-book (available for immediate download)...” but they all seemed clunky compared to the original phrase. It does sort of flow nicely, but that flow is interrupted, for me, by using a word that flags my spell checker (for want of a better description).
Is “downloadable” an obvious form of download that just hasn’t made it into dictionaries yet, or does it strike you as an abomination that should be put to the torch and buried under a mountain of stones?
FWIW: 51,800,000 g-hits for downloadable