On 19/01/12 15:48, David Sewell wrote:
> A quick search of old Usenet and HUMANIST postings via Google suggests that it
> was Michael Hart who popularized the term "etext" in our sense, and it was
> certainly in use by the late 1980s with reference to Project Gutenberg. (The
> oldest citation in the online OED is from 1990, with a reference to Gutenberg.)
> I wonder if Hart was indeed the originator of the usage, and when?
The Oxford Text Archive, that unsung predecessor of the late Mr Hart,
was originally named the "oxford archive of electronic literature", and
certainly used the term "electronic text" consistently during all of its
publications. In the late 1980s or early 90s I am sure there is ample
evidence of people bemoaning the "e-" prefix as a deplorable neologism.
If memory serves, there is an early report called "what is an e-book"
for example, which specifically defines that term distinct from the
OTA's primary concerns: an "e-book" was a published book for reading on
an "e-book reader" whereas an electronic text was a digitized textual
resource for research use only.