: a book composed in or converted to digital format for display on a computer screen or handheld device

Word History

First Known Use

1988, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of e-book was in 1988

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“E-book.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/e-book. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

e-book

noun

ˈē-ˌbu̇k
: a book composed in or converted to a digital format for display on a computer screen or handheld device

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