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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.
- Assessment of E-Book Strategies, EDUCAUSE Live!, June 2014. In this session, findings from three institutions will provide insight into the kinds of information collected, what the data revealed, and the impact of these studies on policies and strategic directions.
- 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.
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EDUCAUSE Library Items for E-Books
- Horizon Report: 2014 Library Edition
August 14, 2014
The NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Library Edition identifies “Increasing Focus on Research Data Management for Publications” and “Prioritization of Mobile Content and Delivery” as fast…
- [Mobile Perspectives: On e-books] E-Reading: The Transition in Higher Education
April 7, 2011
David McCarthy ( email@example.com ) is Director of Product Management for Digital Education at Barnes & Noble. Comments on this article can be posted to the web via the link at…
- 7 Things You Should Know About iPad Apps for Learning
February 9, 2011
Applications designed for the iPad offer interactive content that takes advantage of touch-screen navigation. The iPad combines robust computational functionality with a screen large enough to …
- Digital Books and Your Rights: A Checklist for Readers
February 24, 2010
After several years of false starts, the universe of digital books seems at last poised to expand dramatically. Readers should view this expansion with both excitement and wariness. Excitement be…
- 7 Things You Should Know About E-Readers
March 4, 2010
E-readers are portable, low-power, high-resolution devices that display digital versions of written material from books, magazines, newspapers, and other printed sources. They typically use e-ink…
- E-Books for Academe: A Study from Gettysburg College
October 20, 2009
This ECAR research bulletin analyzes the potential impact of electronic books (e-books) on higher education. It draws evidence from a series of small qualitative studies and focus groups with fac…