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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
- "Doing Much More Than We Have So Far Attempted"
August 29, 2007
Ã‚Â© 2007 Donald J. Waters. The text of this article is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ ). EDUCAUSE Rev…
- "Engage Me or Enrage Me": What Today's™ Learners Demand
January 1, 2005
© Marc Prensky EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 40, no. 5 (September-October 2005): 60–65. Marc Prensky is the author of Digital Game-Based Learning and the founder and CEO of Games2train, a ga…
- "Free Love" and Secured Services
January 1, 2002
The author describes Columbia University's network registration process. The author describes Columbia University's network registration proc…
- "Give Us Credit": Evolving Security Standards for Credit Card Information
August 29, 2007
Ã‚Â© 2007 Kathleen Kimball and Jane Drews EDUCAUSE Review , vol. 42, no. 5 (September/October 2007): 82–83 Kathleen Kimball is the Senior Director of Security Operations and…
- "I always stick with the first thing that comes up on Google. . ." Where People Go for Information, What They Use, and Why
December 6, 2013
Key Takeaways The Visitors and Residents project seeks to identify and recommend strategies that IT staff and library professionals can adopt to help students and faculty membe…
- "I haven't got all minute!"
November 5, 2013
At EDUCAUSE13’s opening general session, Sir Ken Robinson dropped many a funny line and entertaining anecdote—all while delivering a very direct message about how things have changed in our…
- "I'm Just Going to Walk the Earth"
January 14, 2014
You may have heard that I am stepping down from my CIO position at the University of Maryland. Assuming that you did, and that we’ve been acquainted over the years, you are probably wondering…
- "No More Excuses": Michael M. Crow on Analytics
July 18, 2012
Michael M. Crow became the 16th president of Arizona State University in July 2002, with the goal of transforming ASU into what he calls a "New American University"—an institution com…
- "So, I Want You to Lead": Advice to a New Leader
January 1, 2003
Ã‚Â© 2003 James D. Bruce EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 38, no. 6 (November/December 2003): 10–11. Just over two decades ago, Bill Dickson, then MIT's senior vice-president, as…
- "The Right to Be Let Alone"
February 4, 2010
© 2010 Kent Wada. The text of this article is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa…