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With the cost of textbooks soaring, many colleges and universities are looking to alternatives to the traditional paper text. The electronic textbook field is still emerging, and higher education is experimenting with the concept in various modes. Explore this resource site—a collection of all EDUCAUSE resources related to E-Textbooks.
EDUCAUSE and Internet2 E-Text Pilots
EDUCAUSE and Internet2 are implementing a series of e-text pilot efforts with colleges and universities to evaluate technologies and business models in the fast evolving migration from traditional textbooks to electronic content. Learn More >
E-Texts Constituent Group
Intended for general discussion in addition to news about the pilot, the E-Texts Constituent Group discusses the rapidly evolving domain of digital textbooks, multimedia supplements, tutorial websites, e-reader/annotation software, and related materials. Learn More >
- Exploring Students' E-Textbook Practices in Higher Education, EDUCAUSE Review Online, July 2015. A two-year university-wide study of students' e-textbook practices found that e-textbook use has increased and become broader demographically.
- Instructor Engagement with E-Texts, EDUCAUSE Review Online, February 2015. This case study of Indiana University's e-text initiative reports on the participation levels and motivations of instructors in engaging with digital textbooks.
- Assessment with E-Textbook Analytics, ECAR Research Bulletin, February 2015, The purpose of this research bulletin is to provide concrete strategies, grounded in research with e-textbook analytics, on how to use data from interactive platforms to inform decisions about supporting student learning with educational technology.
- The Current State and Potential Future of E-Textbooks, ELI Brief, November 2013. This brief discusses the University of Washington E-Textbook pilot and its findings.
- The Changing Textbook Industry, November 21, 2013. Jonathan Band discusses how the internet has disrupted the textbook market and the future changes due to the recent Affordable College Textbook Act.
- eText Clock is Ticking for Textbook Publishers, Blog post written by Bruce Maas, the CIO and Vice Provost for Information Technology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. September 23, 2013
- Understanding What Higher Education Needs from E-Textbooks: An EDUCAUSE/Internet2 Pilot, ECAR Research Report. July 2013. This pilot sheds 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.
- 7 Things You Should Know About the Evolution of the Textbook, ELI 7 Things, April 2012. This resource examines a new breed of rich-media publishing tools that offer an evolving set of opportunities both for the creation process and for the kinds of resources that can be produced.
- Developing a Digital Textbook Strategy for Your Campus, Florida Distance Learning Consortium, February 2012. This one-day symposium examined institution and state level digital textbook initiatives, including national trends and prevailing models for both publisher digital textbooks and open textbooks.
- eTexts: A Perishable Opportunity for Higher Education?, EDUCAUSE Live!, January 24, 2012 - This EDUCAUSE Live! program addressd 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.
- 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.
- Digital Texts and the Future of Education: Why Books?, EDUCAUSE Quarterly, March 2011. Abilene Christian University and GYLO partnered to investigate student attitudes and perceptions of the impact of using a mobile device as a supplemental tool for teaching statistics.
- 7 Things You Should Know About Open Textbook Publishing, ELI 7 Things, March 2011. Open textbooks can be offered by commercial publishers or found in open repositories. Open resources can promote active learning through student interaction with the text, particularly when they contribute to authorship.
Library Items on this Topic
EDUCAUSE Library Items for E-Textbooks
- Podcast: Wake Forest University's BioBook
July 17, 2012
In this podcast we interview the creators of BioBook, a scalable e-text embodying six central principles of learning. It is organized into self-contained "nodes" that can be revised or …
- CNI Podcast: ORCID's Geoff Bilder on the Name Ambiguity Problem
January 10, 2012
In this interview with Geoff Bilder , interim technical director for ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID), we discuss the name ambiguity problem in attribution of scholarship …
- CNI Podcast: The Public Knowledge Project's Brian Owen
May 5, 2011
The Public Knowledge Project (PKP) has been a very successful open source project during the past 10 years. The most recent count of Open Journal Systems (OJS) installations exceeds 8,000…
- CNI Podcast: Michael Seadle on National Hosting and Interoperability: The LuKII Project in Germany
December 29, 2010
In this interview, Michael Seadle, Dean and Principle Investigator on the LuKII Project at Humboldt-UniversitÃ¤t Berlin, talks about the policy and technical issues involved in this interoperab…
- CNI Podcast: Mira Waller on Helping Small and Independent Publishers with Project Euclid
December 16, 2010
Beginning in 2000, with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Cornell University Library initiated a not-for-profit publishing program to help small and independent publishers of math and…
- CNI Podcast: Austin McLean on Reinventing Dissertation and Thesis Publishing
December 15, 2010
This fall, for the first time in its 71 year history, the ProQuest / UMI Dissertation Publishing service did not charge authors or universities a publishing fee for e-submissions of master’s t…
- E10 Session Podcast: Press "Delete"
October 26, 2010
This presentation introduces the concept of macro solutions : collaborative solutions that adopt a larger-scale perspective to achieve a more efficient and cost-effective nationwide system of …
- CNI Podcast: David Lewis on Integrating Scholarly Communication Tools
April 19, 2010
The Big Digital Machine (BDM) is the name for a concept that aggregates and integrates a set of capabilities to provide universities the ability to manage their scholarly output. In this int…
- CNI Podcast: Sue Kriegsman on Open Access Policies at Harvard
April 16, 2010
So far, five schools at Harvard University have adopted open access policies for scholarly publishing. In this conversation, Sue Kriegsman , Program Manager for the Office for Scholarly Commun…
- CNI Podcast: Karen Wetzel on Creating Standards for Supplemental Journal Article Materials
April 14, 2010
Karen A. Wetzel is the Standards Program Manager for NISO , the National Information Standards Organization. She manages the process of standards development, oversee activities of the tec…