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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
- Case Study 21: Shaping the Path to Digital: The Indiana University eTexts Initiative
May 2, 2012
A case study from Game Changers Brad Wheeler and Nik Osborne This chapter is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License Introduction The risi…
- Case Study 17: Stories in Our Classrooms: A Faculty Community of Practice as an Agent of Change
May 2, 2012
A case study from Game Changers Beverly Bickel, William Shewbridge, and Jack Suess In 2006, the UMBC's (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) Division of Information Techno…
- Case Study 12: Georgetown University: Web Conferencing—A Critical Skill for the Connected World
May 2, 2012
A case study from Game Changers Pablo G. Molina Information technologies provide new ways of doing established activities, and they can create new opportunities to do things that we…
- Case Study 9: The Open University of Hong Kong: The i-Counseling System
May 2, 2012
A case study from Game Changers Chun Ming Leung and Eva Tsang This chapter is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License Need/Rati…
- Mobile Computing 5-Day Sprint—Summary
June 3, 2011
This EDUCAUSE brief summarizes the main themes from the EDUCAUSE Mobile Computing 5-Day Sprint, held April 25–29, 2011. This learning experience brought together presenters and hundreds of part…
- Horizon Report 2010: Projects in E-Books, Open Content, Mobile Learning, and Augmented Reality
July 12, 2010
This web seminar includes speakers representing six projects featured in the latest Horizon Report . In this special one-and-a-half hour ELI webinar, you’ll be taken on a tour of their work …
- Net Generation Students and Libraries
January 1, 2005
In this chapter from "Educating the Net Generation", Joan Lippincott of the Coalition of Networked Information challenges us to realign library programs, services, and spaces with the Net…
- EDUCAUSE Leadership Strategies Series, Eight-Volume Set
January 1, 2003
The EDUCAUSE Leadership Strategies series covers a variety of issues important to IT professionals in higher education. Sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers, the series consists of eight volumes: …
- Technology Everywhere: A Campus Agenda for Educating and Managing Workers in the Digital Age
January 1, 2002
Technology Everywhere addresses the dual role played by colleges and universities that must recruit, hire, and train knowledge worker professionals and educate IT learners to manage the ever …
- Educom Code - A Guide to the Ethical and Legal Use of Software for Members of the Academic Community
January 1, 1987
The Educom Code addresses the use of intellectual property in electronic formats. The Educom Code addresses the use of intellectual property in electro…