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An e-text (from electronic text; also etext) is, generally, any text-based information that is available in a digitally-encoded human-readable format and read by electronic means, but more specifically it refers to digital files using ASCII character encoding. Wikipedia's article has a more detailed definition.

While the terms "e-text" and "e-book" (ebook) are often used synonymously, the term e-text is generally used for the more limited case of data in ASCII text format, while the more general e-book can often be in a specialized and, at times, proprietary, file format. Metadata relating to the text is sometimes included with e-text, though it appears more frequently with e-books.

Distributed Proofreaders creates an e-text of each project.