My post on Book from 2012 went with the derivation of “book” from “Buche” beech tree in German. It turns out there’s debate about this. Apparently the stem class of “book” looks older than the one containing “beech tree”.  This post from the Oxford Words blog discusses the issue.

I rather like the Gothic bōka, meaning letter (of the alphabet) — one can certainly imagine a derivation of “book” from such a root.

Overall, I find it comforting to know that there are still people working away at such fundamental issues in our business.