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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
- 2013 Horizon Report
February 4, 2013
Produced by ELI and NMC each year, the Horizon Report describes six areas of emerging technology that will have significant impact on higher education and creative expression over the next one to…
- Using Laptops in the Classroom: The University of Michigan
December 3, 2012
Across the University of Michigan, laptops and other mobile devices are appearing in the classroom in greater numbers. Many faculty see this trend as an opportunity for more innovative teac…
- Innovation Showcase
March 19, 2013
A session at the Midwest Regional Conference
Beyond "Angry Birds": Taking Your iPad to the Next Level Far from being just a media consumption device, the iPad and its integration into both popular and academic culture have led …
- 2013 Horizon Report
February 4, 2013
A session at the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Annual Meeting
Join us for this engaging session, where we'll share the highlights of the 2013 Horizon Report and discuss today's emerging technologies and instructional innovations against some of …
- Technology Enhancement Tools in an Undergraduate Biology Course
December 10, 2012
Key Takeaways This single-class study sought to evaluate technology-enhanced student engagement by comparing the experiences of students using only an e-textbook with the exper…
- Framing Mobile Initiatives to Measure Impact
October 1, 2012
Despite the proliferation of mobile devices and mobile activity—not only in the general population but also in the teaching and learning community, right down to the classroom level— mobile …
- Edupreneurship: Engaging Students in Mobile Learning
October 2, 2012
A session at the ELI Online Fall Focus Session 2012
The effectiveness of a mobile learning initiative is bound to improve when those who will use it have a direct influence on its design. This presentation will discuss how LectureTools (http://www…
- Executive Summary: Student Mobile Computing Practices -- Lessons Learned from Qatar
August 13, 2012
Eden Dahlstrom is a Senior Research Analyst at EDUCAUSE. Mobile computing is transforming information technology and the student learning environment in higher education. Inst…
- Seminar 01A - Strategies to Engage Learners through Interactive Learning Activities with iPad (separate registration required)
November 6, 2012
A session at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference 2012
How do you enable learners to construct understanding and knowledge through self-paced and peer learning? How do you stimulate learners with engaging activities? We'll explore the pedagogical …
- 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 …