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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.
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EDUCAUSE Library Items for E-Books
- "I'll Have What She's Having": Generating New Reference Questions by Blogging Old Ones
January 7, 2009
A session at the EDUCAUSE Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference 2009
Increased off-site reference traffic has prompted the need for good tracking mechanisms, but why keep the subject of the reference question a secret? Why not use one researcher's question to a…
- 2025: Your Data--Valuable and Viable?
December 4, 2009
A session at the ECAR Symposium 2009
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- 7 Things You Should Know About Lulu
January 22, 2008
Lulu is a web-based self-publishing service, providing online access to the tools an individual needs to design, publish, and print original material, including books, brochures, reports, calend…
- A Comparative Study of International Approaches to Enabling the Sharing of Research Data
November 30, 2008
The current methods of storing research data are as diverse as the disciplines that generate them and are necessarily driven by the myriad ways in which researchers need to subsequently access an…
- A Few Thoughts on the Google Books Library Project
February 13, 2008
Viewpoint A Few Thoughts on the Google Books Library Project © 2008 Charles Edward Smith. The text of this article is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No Deriv…
- A New Polemic: Libraries, MOOCs, and the Pedagogical Landscape
August 21, 2013
The author, Nora Almeida , examines MOOCs through the lense of libraries, including intellectual property, digital preservation, and information delivery and curricular support models. The aut…
- A Review of the Open Educational Resources Movement: Achievement, Challenges and New Opportunities
February 27, 2007
This report examines The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s past investments in Open Educational Resources, the emerging impact and explores future opportunities. Central to the report …
- A Robust Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Program at UCF
January 30, 2007
Three years ago the University of Central Florida (UCF) began an electronic thesis and dissertation (ETD) submission process to enable students to disseminate their research widely and quickly. T…
- A Systems Approach: Expanding Access and Achieving Student Success through Support Services at Rio Salado College
March 12, 2012
This report covers how Rio Salado College (RSC) in Tempe, Arizona provides a full slate of support services to its online learners. The report was designed to capture the essence of a rela…
- Academic Libraries: 2010 First Look
December 13, 2011
The Academic Libraries: 2010 First Look summarizes services, staff, collections, and expenditures of academic libraries in 2- and 4-year, degree-granting postsecondary institutions in the 50 sta…