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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.
- 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.
Library Items on this Topic
EDUCAUSE Library Items for E-Books
- What We're Learning from eTexts
December 10, 2012
Presentation given at the CNI fall 2012 membership meeting. Faculty, students, authors, and publishers all have a stake in the evolution of textbooks. As texts and business models are transfor…
- HEOA Peer-to-Peer Forum Presentations
May 18, 2012
These are MPAA and UNC presentations from the HEOA Peer-to-Peer Forum jointly sponsored by EDUCAUSE and NBCUniversal on April 7, 2012. Attendees included Troy Dow, Disney Trac…
- Partly Cloudy? What a CBO Should Know about Cloud Computing
June 29, 2009
Cloud computingÂ presents an opportunity for outsourcing what have long been core internal IT functions and systems on campus. In the coming months and years, many institutions will be explorin…
- Insights on the Legal Landscape for Data Privacy in Higher Education
February 29, 2008
This opening address was presented at the University System of Maryland's Workshop on Data Privacy for Maryland Higher Education. This open…
- Data Classification and Privacy: A Foundation for Compliance
February 29, 2008
These slides were presented at the University System of Maryland's Workshop on Data Privacy for Maryland Higher Education. These slides were…
- 2007 EDUCAUSE Cyberinfrastructure (CI) Summit Proceedings
August 22, 2007
This is an overview of the entire summit. This page includes the final report, presentations and Recommended Readings. This is an overview of th…
- Connecting the Academic Experience to the Operational Security Needs of Higher Education
January 1, 2007
One of the criteria for becoming a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education is for "the academic program to demonstrate how the university encourages the pract…
- Special Webcast on CALEA
January 1, 2006
On Tuesday, Aug. 1 2006, EDUCAUSE presented a free 90-minute Webcast on CALEA, covering our current understanding of how compliance requirements will be applied to higher education. To access th…
- CALEA Panel Discussion
January 1, 2004
Webcast of CALEA Panel Discussion at the Internet2 Fall 2004 membership meeting. CALEA is the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act, initially passed in 1994. Under CALEA, providers of…
- Statement on Behalf of Higher Education on Release of the National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace
January 1, 2002
Comments of Mark Luker, Vice President of EDUCAUSE, at Event to Announce National Strategy, September 18, 2002 Comments of Mark Luker, Vice President o…