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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
- Assessment of E-Book Strategies, EDUCAUSE Live! June 25th, 2014. Claremont Colleges Library presents results from a study, comparing the usage of the print and electronic equivalent of the same Course Adopted Book title, they also give a quick look at the types of data collected and analyzed from the e-book DDA service.
- 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.
- 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
- Making Web Accessibility Work for Your Institution Is Everyone's Business
May 31, 2012
Making sure that all students, faculties, and staffs have access to web content is critical in education today. When those individuals have disabilities, access may well depend on what it is th…
- Campus IT Policy: Past, Present, and Future
July 6, 2011
July 6, 2011 1:00 p.m. ET (12:00 p.m. CT, 11:00 a.m. MT, 10:00 a.m. PT) The EDUCAUSE/Cornell Institute for Computer Policy and Law was founded in 1995. On the eve of the 16th annual I…
- Preserving Internet Freedom: Guiding Principles for the Industry
February 8, 2004
This is a speech given by Michael K. Powell, when he was Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, at the Silicon Flatirons Symposium on "The Digital Broadband Migration: Toward a R…
- Export Control Laws: Analysis for the IT Manager
January 1, 2005
Through the use of a hypothetical international research collaboration between a U.S. university and various foreign universities and governments, a means for analyzing the applicable export cont…
- Whose Law? The Problem of Jurisdiction on the Internet
January 1, 2005
The question "What law am I obligated to obey?" is a fundamental one in any legal system and one that every lawyer should be able to answer for his or her client. It is, though, decepti…
- National Research Agenda in the Age of Accountability
January 1, 2003
FOCUSING QUESTIONS: 1. What are some reactions that higher education could have to the current forces for accountability, that would be creative, innovative, flexible and learning centered? 2. Wha…
- Legal Issues in Computer and Network Security
January 1, 2003
This presentation will explore the legal landscape for IT security in higher education, including an overview of federal and state privacy and security related laws, and the factors contributing to…
- Implementing New Laws: Meeting Expectations with Available Knowledge and Resources
January 1, 2003
After Congress and the state legislatures pass new laws, the real work begins for colleges and universities. The TEACH Act, SEVIS, HIPAA, and yet unforeseen IT-related laws will test the human, leg…
- Technology Initiatives at the United States Department of Education, the Immigration and Naturalization Service, and the Department of Veterans Affairs: A Panel Update
January 1, 2002
The panelists represent three federal agencies mandating new or revised data exchanges with colleges and universities. The ED is testing its Common Origination and Disbursements (COD) replacement s…
- Legislative and Political Trends Affecting K20 Networking
January 1, 2002
An update on legislative and political trends. An update on legislative and political trends. …