The conspiracy theorist in me wants to link this tiresome piece of
language puritanism to recent speculation about Apple's plans in this
area see eg
But I'm ignoring him for the moment.
On 19/01/12 15:24, Kevin Hawkins wrote:
> This is interesting. Our e-textbook initiative also has a rising
> profile, though we don't have any services branded with "e-text" which
> could be threatened.
> When I was hired we talked about "electronic publishing", but we now
> more often talk about "digital publishing". "E-mail" and "e-ink" aside,
> it seems to me that the wider world outside of libraries is more likely
> to say "digital" for things that were once "electronic" and "e-".
> So how about "digital text"?
> On 2:59 PM, Michelle Dalmau wrote:
>> Hello list,
>> Dot Porter and I were lamenting earlier over how the term "e-text"
>> has been co-opted by our central IT division at Indiana University to
>> now mean almost exclusively eText, as in Electronic Textbooks
>> (duh!):<http://etexts.iu.edu/home.php>. As a result, the IU Digital
>> Library Program has been advised to use another term to avoid
>> Have others encountered this conflation of terminology at their
>> institution? A quick Google search (after signing the SOPA/PIPA
>> petition) reveals other American universities adopting this
>> eText(books) trend. How are you differentiating between the two?
>> And for those of you who have not been sacked, do you have
>> suggestions for alternatives to what most of us on this list
>> understand as e-text (despite the more generalist definition that
>> could also apply to electronic textbooks)?
>> I am giving a local talk in a week and that would be the time to
>> break-out our funky fresh new way of saying e-text. The person with
>> the cleverest name wins.
>> Thanks, Michelle
>> | Michelle Dalmau, Digital Projects& Usability Librarian | Indiana
>> University Digital Library Program | Herman B Wells Library | 1320
>> East 10th Street, W501 | Bloomington, Indiana 47405 | (812)
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