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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
- Cost Differentials between E-Books and Print in Academic Libraries, College & Research Libraries. January 2015. This article discusses how academic libraries face funding pressures compounded by the need to provide students with access to electronic resources, both in journal and book formats. Dealing with space constraints and the need to repurpose library space to other uses, libraries must carefully examine the move to e-only formats for books to determine if the format makes reasonable economic sense.
- The Current State and Potential Future of E-Textbooks, ELI Brief, November 5, 2013. The University of Washington conducted a pilot to investigate two leading e-textbook platforms to determine which platform participants preferred. Participating instructors taught with their choice of e-textbook and selected the platform they preferred; they were not required to use the e-textbook in a predetermined manner. This brief discusses the pilot and its findings.
- Understanding What Higher Education Needs from E-Textbooks: An EDUCAUSE/Internet2 Pilot, ECAR Report. July 2013. This pilot shed light not just on the usability of McGraw-Hill textbooks in Courseload but more broadly on the value of digital materials in higher education at this time.
- Stanford School of Medicine E-Book Pilots, ELI Brief, January 2013. This project focused on the authoring and publishing processes as well as the response of the residents who were to be the eventual users.
- E-books: Developments and Policy Considerations, OECD, October 2012
- 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
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.
Library Items on this Topic
EDUCAUSE Library Items for E-Books
- An Interview with James Michalko
December 18, 2006
In this 14 minute recording, we'll get an update from OCLC's Jim Michalko . Listen in as he shares thoughts about a range of developments including the combination of RLG and OCLC.. …
- An Interview with Peter Kaufman and Mark Phillipson
December 18, 2006
In this 23 minute recording, we'll hear Peter Kaufman and Mark Phillipson, both from the Columbia University's Center for New Media Teaching and Learning . Listen in as they cove…
- An Interview with Glenda Morgan
December 18, 2006
In this 17 minute recording, we'll hear from Cal State's Director of Academic Technology Research, Glenda Morgan . Listen in as she shares some thoughts about her research into fa…
- An Interview with Geneva Henry
December 18, 2006
In this 15 minute recording, we'll hear from Rice University's Geneva Henry about a range of topics including open source, connexions, intellectual property and more. See also: ht…
- An Interview with Greg Jackson
October 19, 2006
This 27 minute recording provides coverage of an interview with the University of Chicago's CIO, Greg Jackson . Listen in as Marilu Goodyear hosts a discussion about patents, cyberinf…
- An Interview with Steve Wheatley, VP of ACLS
January 6, 2006
In this 14 minute recording, I sit down with Steve Wheatley , a VP with the American Council of Learned Societies . Listen in as he shares thoughts on the political economy of higher educa…
- An Interview with MIT's MacKenzie Smith
December 16, 2005
In this podcast, I speak with MIT's McKenzie Smith about the Science Commons , governance of DSpace , The MIT Libraries' investigation of Semantic Web technology via their SI…
- An Interview with UNC's JosÃ©-Marie Griffiths
December 15, 2005
In this 29 minute recording, we'll hear from JosÃ©-Marie Griffiths , Dean and Professor of the UNC School of Information and Library Sciences. She's also the principal investigat…
- An Interview with ArtStor's James Shulman
December 13, 2005
In this 22 minute recording, we'll hear from ARTstor's James Shulman as he compares and contrasts the work of ARTstor with the likes of flickr , jstor , portico and the…
- A conversation with Lanny Arvan
November 2, 2005
In this 17 minute recording, Lanny Arvan joins me for a discussion about mobile computing, rich media publishing, blogging, vendor consolidation, intellectual property and more.Â Lanny…