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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 >
- 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
- Open-Source Collaboration: A Pathway to Sustainability
October 17, 2013
A session at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference 2013
UNC Chapel Hill Libraries and DuraSpace have partnered to make digital preservation software available to a broader community. This collaboration provides a model for other institutions to gain bro…
- The Myth of Open-Source E-Textbooks
November 7, 2012
A session at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference 2012
To help rein in the growing cost of textbooks, there has been much discussion promoting the development by faculty of open-source e-textbooks. This session will cover a wide range of issues relat…
- Opening Up the Academy: The "Open" Agenda, Technology, and Universities
January 23, 2012
Stephen Pinfield ( Stephen.Pinfield@nottingham.ac.uk ) is Chief Information Officer at the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom, and Director of the Nottingham Centre for Research …
- Kuali Open Library Environment (OLE): The Library as an Enterprise Asset
January 13, 2012
A session at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference 2012
Timothy McGeary and Michael Winkler will discuss the November 2011 release and technical efforts underway to connect Kuali OLE to other enterprise systems at Lehigh University and the University …
- The Kansas State University Human Nutrition (HN 400) Flexbook
December 15, 2011
Key Takeaways Flexbooks are "a free and open-source textbook platform " that allows users to " build and edit collaborative textbooks ." Respons…
- Open Resources: The Need for Integration
October 20, 2011
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2011 Annual Conference
Over the past 10 years or so there has been a growing, and inexorable, movement toward making scholarly and academic resources openly available. Within IT this first appeared in open-source softwar…
- Got Open Textbook?
September 15, 2011
A session at the ELI 2011 Online Fall Focus Session
This session will focus on my journey of finding, adopting, and using open-source educational resources in physics and astronomy classes over the past three years. Enrollment in classes is up, st…
- New ELI 7 Things... Explores WordPress
September 9, 2011
WordPress is an open-source web application that is fundamentally a tool for publishing content, and a broad array of colleges and universities have made use of WordPress and encouraged …
- 7 Things You Should Know About WordPress
September 2, 2011
WordPress is an open-source web application that is fundamentally a tool for publishing content , and a broad array of colleges and universities have made use of WordPress and encouraged its …
- Supercourse, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, and the Educator as Catalyst
September 22, 2010
Key Takeaways In the 1980s, BITNET inspired researchers in health care to create the Global Health Network Supercourse, an open-source repository of lectures on public health and prevention…