Citation, Documentation of Sources

Q. I am editing an online book for a legal nonprofit. The editors cite some of the material as being reprinted with the author’s permission. Because the book is online, is “republished” the correct term versus “reprinted”?

A. Either “reprinted” or “republished” will get the point across. But the word “reprinted” suggests paper, whereas “republished” is best applied to an entire work. If you want a more suitable term—one that’s both commonly understood and medium independent—try “reproduced.”