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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
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.
Library Items on this Topic
EDUCAUSE Library Items for E-Books
- ERO Podcast: Chief of Staff for the Khan Academy, Jessica Yuen
September 5, 2012
In this podcast, we talk with Chief of Staff for the Khan Academy, Jessica Yuen. In our conversation, she discusses the Khan Academy's use of analytics, attitude toward affordability for stu…
- Podcast: Analytics Examined
August 14, 2012
Clifford Lynch is executive director for the Coalition for Networked Information. Gardner Campbell is director for professional development and innovative initiatives at Virginia Tech. In this po…
- Podcast: Wake Forest University's BioBook
July 17, 2012
In this podcast we interview the creators of BioBook, a scalable e-text embodying six central principles of learning. It is organized into self-contained "nodes" that can be revised or …
- Podcast: Transforming Higher Education with Emerging Technologies
March 20, 2012
This talk by the Timothy E. Wirth Professor of Learning Technologies at Harvard University, Chris Dede , describes how we can transform teaching and learning to prepare students with the …
- EDUCAUSE Now: - #38 - 1) How Are Mobile Devices Affecting Higher Education IT? 2) The Rosebud Institute Teaches Screen Literacy
April 14, 2011
This month on EDUCAUSE Now : As we get ready for the EDUCAUSE Mobile Computing 5-Day Sprint , April 25-29, EDUCAUSE Now asks various IT leaders: How are mobile devices affecting…
- Podcast: Yves Paul Epelboin with a Peek at French Higher Ed IT
November 20, 2009
Yves Paul Epelboin is the Director of IT for Teaching and Learning at the Universite Pierre Et Marie Curie in Paris, France. In this ten minute podcast, he shares some cultural insight…
- Podcast: Italian Takeout--Technologies Delivered Home
August 20, 2009
This eight minute podcast features an interview from the 2009 Colorado Learning and Teaching with Technology Conference . My conversation is with Tina Pugliese , Senior Instructor of Italia…
- E08 Podcast: An Interview with David E. Kaufman - Director of Multimedia Educational Technology Support at Central Washington University
July 23, 2009
This twenty-four minute podcast features an interview with David E. Kaufman , Director of Multimedia Educational Technology Support at Central Washington University. The interview was recorded…
- An Interview with Michael Wesch
March 18, 2009
This podcast features our full thirty-minute interview with Michael Wesch , assistant professor of cultural anthropology at Kansas State University. In the past few years he has distinguished …
- ELI Podcast: From Knowledgeable to Knowledge-able: Experiments in New Media Literacy
January 26, 2009
This hour-long podcast features a keynote speech by Michael Wesch , Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Kansas State University. The presentation, " From Knowledgeable to Knowl…