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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
- 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
- E-Texts in the Classroom
February 13, 2008
Viewpoint E-Texts in the Classroom © 2008 Charles Hannon. EDUCAUSE Quarterly, vol. 31, no. 1 (January–March 2008), pp. 12–13 E-text readers designed for use in higher educati…
- Market Formation for E-Books: Diffusion, Confusion or Delusion?
October 17, 2007
The issues addressed in this article are not about the E-Book market outcome, but the factors influencing the process of E-Book adoption. The is…
- E-Books in Higher Education: Nearing the End of the Era of Hype?
January 8, 2008
This ECAR research bulletin examines the hype and the reality of e-books in higher education. Some experts predict that 2007-2009 will be transition years for the higher education e-book market, …
- E-Textbooks — for Real This Time?
January 3, 2008
For years, some have predicted a shift — and then not seen it take place. But changes in technology, ventures by publishers and worries over textbook prices might make this the time. …
- e-Books for the Future: Here But Hiding?
January 1, 2006
The author outlines some developments in e-book technologies and links them to existing ways of presenting textbook information. The author outlines so…
- 7 Things You Should Know About E-Books
November 15, 2006
E-books offer new ways for readers to interact with content. An e-book that abandons the notion of reading from front to back, for example, encourages readers to take an active, self-directed rol…
- Compaq founder pushes for academic library online
January 1, 2006
Ever wonder where Compaq founder Rod Canion is? He's with Questia Media, which wants to bring a university-class library to a high school near you. …
- Libraries Fear Digital Lockdown
January 1, 2006
In comments submitted to the All Party Parliamentary Internet Group, which is investigating digital rights management (DRM) technologies, the British Library has expressed strong concerns about the…
- Survey of the Providers of Electronic Publications Holding Contracts with Spanish University Libraries
January 1, 2005
This article describes a qualitative analysis of the electronic scientific contents distributed by the main providers of electronic publications subscribed in the Spanish academic libraries. The pu…
- Ebooks in UK Public Libraries: where we are now and the way ahead
January 1, 2004
An issue paper from the Networked Services Policy Task Group. An issue paper from the Networked Services Policy Task Group. …