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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.
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EDUCAUSE Library Items for E-Books
- Hypercurriculum: The Multimedia Packaging of Course Content
April 30, 2014
A session at the EDUCAUSE Connect: Baltimore
This presentation will discuss the development and application of a multimedia e-reader compendium in a beginning design studio, with our motivation being to enhance design education through the …
- From Standardized to Personalized: A Trajectory for Mobile Learning
August 6, 2012
Join the ELI’s Malcolm Brown, director, and Veronica Diaz, associate director, as they moderate this webinar with William Rankin. For almost five centuries, our educational structures and pract…
- eTexts: A Perishable Opportunity for Higher Education?
January 24, 2012
What role, if any, should colleges and universities play in the shift from print to digital textbooks (eTexts) ? One perspective is that eTexts are a consumer transaction between a publisher …
- Barnes & Noble
October 18, 2011
Barnes & Noble.com is the Internet's largest bookstore featuring everyday low prices on an outstanding selection of eBooks, eTextbooks, rental, used and new textbooks, critically acclaimed…
- Digital Content in Higher Education â€“ Practical Findings
March 7, 2011
Digital content growth is exploding in all facets of book publishing, including the higher education market. The digital reading universe is a maelstrom of formats, devices, digital rights mana…
- The Transformation of Digital Content in Higher Education
December 7, 2010
Presentation at the 2010 ECAR Symposium, December 7, 2010, in Carlsbad, California. E-reading and digital content growth are exploding in all facets of book publishing, including the higher educa…
- E-Readers and E-Textbooks: Current Reality and Future Possibilities
August 26, 2009
This seminar will initially address the current state of e-reader devices and their functionality as platforms for the delivery of e-textbooks, as experienced by Northwest Missouri State Universi…
- Expert Discussion Session: Evolving Models for E-Texts
February 14, 2012
A session at the ELI 2012 Online Annual Meeting
In this session, we'll briefly describe Indiana University's e-text agreements with five publishers and with Courseload, the provider of the e-text e-reader software. These agreements are…
- Vocabulary Building across the Disciplines: An E-Reader Initiative
February 23, 2012
A session at the EDUCAUSE West/Southwest Regional Conference 2012
Based on a successful series of pilot courses that used e-reader functions to significantly improve student vocabulary, we are now exploring new opportunities for vocabulary building that targets a…
- The 2011 Horizon Report - Sponsored by SunGard Higher Education, An EDUCAUSE Platinum Partner
February 14, 2011
A session at the ELI Annual Meeting 2011
For nearly nine years, the annual Horizon Report , a joint publication of the New Media Consortium and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative, has tracked new and emerging technologies for teaching, l…