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An e-book (from electronic book; also eBook) is an e-text that uses a type of character encoding other than ASCII, such as HTML. Wikipedia's article has a more detailed definition.

The term e-text is often used synonymously with the term e-book, and is also used for the more limited case of data in ASCII text format. An e-book is commonly bundled by a publisher for distribution in specialized and, at times, proprietary formats, whereas an e-text is generally distributed in plain text. Metadata relating to the text are more commonly included in e-books than in e-text.