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E-books have been around since the early 1990s but have had a slow adoption by the higher education community. While e-books allow for the inclusion of richer media, providing a more interactive experience for the reader, the format, as well as access and copyright issues, are still currently evolving. Explore this resource site—a collection of all EDUCAUSE resources related to E-Books.
Articles, Papers, and Reports
- A Study of Four Textbook Distribution Models, EDUCAUSE Quarterly, December 2011. In preparation for campus-wide e-text adoption, Daytona State College completed a two-year comparative study of four textbook distribution models: print purchase, print rental, e-text rental, and e-text rental with e-reader device.
- Mobile Perspectives: On e-books E-Reading: The Transition in Higher Education EDUCAUSE Review, March/April 2011.
- 2011 Horizon Report, ELI/NMC, February 2011. Each year, the Horizon Report describes six areas of emerging technology that will have significant impact on higher education. This year electronic books are prominently featured in the report.
- The User-Driven Purchase Giveaway Library, EDUCAUSE Review, September/October 2010.
- Deploying Innovation Locally, EDUCAUSE Review, September/October 2010.
- E-Textbooks: “An Interesting Ride”, EDUCAUSE Review, March/April 2010.
- 7 Things You Should Know About E-Readers, ELI, March 2010.
- Digital Books and Your Rights: A Checklist for Readers, Electronic Frontier Foundation, February 2010
- E-Books in Higher Education: Are We There Yet?, ECAR Research Bulletin, January 2010
- 7 Things You Should Know About E-Books, ELI, November 2006
Presentations, Podcasts, Seminars, and Videos
- eTexts: A Perishable Opportunity for Higher Education?, EDUCAUSE Live!, January 2012. This EDUCAUSE Live! This program addresses the strategic, business, and policy implications for institutions in light of a changing world of consumer electronics and new models for digital educational resources such as eTexts, website tutorials, and other licensed content
- Digital Content in Higher Education – Practical Findings, ELI Web Seminar, March 2011 (ELI membership required) This webinar provides an overview of the digital textbook landscape as it currently exists and a glimpse into the emerging trends that will shape higher education digital content in the near future.
- Dealing with the Changing World of E-Textbooks, EDUCAUSE Annual Conference, October 2010. This video from E10 examines the current trends in textbook technology with respect to delivery platform options (iPad, Kindle, etc.), software format (electronic publication versus PDF), and pedagogical implications.
- Kindles in the Classroom: Theories, Practices, and Results in a Lower-Division English Course, ELI Annual Conference, January 2010. At California Lutheran University, the goal of the Kindle pilot project was to explore and identify the practices that would best optimize the Kindle's teaching/learning potential—a potential CLU recognized as promoting deeper student engagement in critical reading and writing.
- E-Readers and E-Textbooks: Current Reality and Future Possibilities, EDUCAUSE Live!, August 2009. This seminar addresses the current state of e-reader devices and their functionality as platforms for the delivery of e-textbooks, as experienced by Northwest Missouri State University in its 2008–2009 pilot study.
Updated November 2012
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EDUCAUSE Library Items for E-Books
- Interview: Loren Wilson, Director of Information Systems at Kansas State University
April 22, 2013
In this conversation with Marilu Goodyear, Loren Wilson discusses collaboration and strategy as information systems director at Kansas State University. …
- CNI Podcast: Wikipedia and Libraries: What's the Connection?
February 19, 2013
In this podcast, OCLC Research Senior Program Officer Merrilee Proffitt and Sara Snyder from the Smithsonian Libraries talk about their presentation, "Wikipedia and Libraries: Wh…
- ERO Conversation: Ian Dolphin, Executive Director of the Sakai Foundation
February 11, 2013
Ian Dolphin is Executive Director of the Sakai Foundation. In this conversation with John Bucher, CTO for Oberlin College, Dolphin discusses the foundation's products and the benefits of com…
- CNI Podcast: Sigrun Eckelmann on the German Research Foundation
February 1, 2013
Sigrun Eckelmann is Program Director for Academic Libraries & Information Systems at the German Research Foundation (DFG). In this interview she described the programs she works with …
- CNI Podcast: The Research Data Alliance
January 18, 2013
Fran Berman is the Edward G. Hamilton Distinguished Professor in Computer Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Chris Greer is the associate director of the IT Lab at the National I…
- CNI Podcast: Does Preservation as a Service (PaaS) Make Sense?
January 17, 2013
David S. H. Rosenthal is Chief Scientist for the LOCKSS Program at Stanford University. In this conversation he discusses the pricing and surprising challenges of outsourcing long-term data s…
- CNI Podcast: Carly Strasser & John Kunze on New Tools for Enabling Research
January 17, 2013
Carly Strasser is data curation specialist at the UC Curation Center. John Kunze is a preservation technologist for the California Digital Library. In this conversation they highlight…
- CNI Podcast: Anita de Waard on the Force 11 Research and e-Scholarship Community
January 16, 2013
Anita de Waard is Vice President for Research Data Collaborations at Elsevier. In 2011 she joined with researchers, publishers, and digital scholars in various fields to create Force 11 , …
- ERO Podcast Conversation: Sarah Morrow, Privacy Officer for the Pennsylvania State University
January 7, 2013
Sarah Morrow is a privacy officer for the Pennsylvania State University. In this podcast conversation she talks about the relationship between privacy and institutional interests. …
- Podcast: Discovery in a Digital World
December 12, 2012
Speaker: Edward L. Ayers, President, University of Richmond In the most effective teaching, students create new knowledge even as they learn. Digital environments possess remarkable capaci…