n. Short for electronic text. A book or other text-based work that is available on line in an electronic media format. An e-text can be read on line or downloaded to a user's computer for offline reading. See also ezine.
An e-text (from "electronic text"; sometimes written as 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 files in the ASCII character encoding.