I don't have much useful to offer here, since I think that e-text means
an electronic text and e-book means an electronic (text)book. Having
said that, irresponsible and inadvisable speculation leads to:
The street version: Digi-dawg-Texts
The outdated but simple rap reference: Digi (getting digi with it, yes?)
The gamer version: ZombieNaziCarChaseText
The 1% version: QuantumExecutiveSummary (text-free edition!)
On 1/19/2012 10:40 AM, Michelle Dalmau wrote:
> Hi Kevin,
> That echoes my morning discussion with John Walsh as we road into work this morning. Our e-text services are currently branded as Electronic Text Services, but we use the e-text shorthand a lot in our documentation and in local discussions/presentations. We are in the midst of re-evaluating our Electronic Text Services model so the name change comes at an apt time.
> I am looking for the catchy, gimmicky shorthand (because I am procrastinating) so in line with Digital Texts how does:
> dText, yo!
> Continue with the suggestions, please, and save me from endless hours of dorkiness.
> On Jan 19, 2012, at 10:24 AM, 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
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