When a work of electronic literature is described as "born-digital," this means that the work in question originated in its digital form. The term serves to differentiate born-digital projects from transmedial projects that are merely digital versions of a previously analog form. In other words, the born-digital work is one created initially in its digital form, and that requires its digital format in order to be properly read and/or used. Digitally produced text-based projects, such as ebooks or scanned archival documents, are not born-digital because they simply remediate their print forms.

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