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Internet, Web, and Other E-Issues
Q. I edit documents used in the healthcare informatics domain, where e-health, eHealth, e-community, e-practice, and other ever-growing variations on the “e-” are present. If the “e-” or the “e” plus a word begins a sentence, I am capitalizing that darn “e.” Otherwise, it looks very strange. Am I correct?
A. For hyphenated e-constructions, we agree:
So far, it has proved impossible to read an e-book without some form of electricity.
E-books are ubiquitous enough that in several years people may simply call them “books.”
For a proper name, however, we leave things alone: eBay is always eBay, even at the beginning of a sentence.