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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
- Trends in Digital Scholarship Centers
June 16, 2014
Key Takeaways Experiences gained from existing digital scholarship centers can help uninitiated institutions better launch their own efforts and thereby increase support for the …
- Digital Collections as Research Infrastructure
June 2, 2014
Key Takeaways Given the importance of digital content to scholarship , institutions are increasingly developing strategic digitization programs to provide online access to b…
- Librarians and Scholars: Partners in Digital Humanities
June 2, 2014
Key Takeaways Libraries have numerous capabilities and considerable expertise available to accelerate digital humanities initiatives . The University of Michigan Library de…
- IT and the Legacy of Our Cultural Heritage
May 19, 2014
Charles J. Henry is President of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). Information technology continues to have a major impact on the evolution of higher educat…
- The Universal Library Is Us: Library Work at Scale in HathiTrust
May 19, 2014
Jeremy York is Assistant Director of HathiTrust. Brian E. C. Schottlaender is the Audrey Geisel University Librarian at the University of California, San Diego. When major research l…
- The Post-Digital Potential of Man and Machine
May 19, 2014
At the beginning of his article Michael Roy , Dean of Library and Information Services and Chief Information Officer at Middlebury College, states: “Many campuses are witnessing the bi…
- Coherence at Scale and the Research Library of the Future
January 27, 2014
Elliott Shore is Executive Director of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). With this issue of EDUCAUSE Review , he begins a one-year term as Editor of the E-Content department…
- Serendipity in Research: Let's Not Leave It to Chance
August 5, 2013
Nick Shockey is Director of the Right to Research Coalition. There has always been something serendipitous about the progress of research—the right person coming into contact with…
- The Case for Building a Digital Preservation Network
August 5, 2013
Without sustained care and attention, the digital works that delight and inform our lives quickly decay into digital dust. The Digital Preservation Network provides a structure for vetting and…
- Leveraging Emerging Learning Technologies to Promote Library Instruction
June 3, 2013
Key Takeaways Realizing the full potential of learning technologies provides instructors with tools to advance students' critical thinking skills, engage them with the knowledge…