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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.
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- California Bill = Path Around Curricular Bottlenecks Through 3rd-Party Online Providers
March 13, 2013
As numerous mainstream and higher education media outlets have reported--for two, see the New York Times and Inside Higher Education --the California state senate president is pois…
- Open Education Week, March 11-15, 2013
March 11, 2013
Open Education Week 2013 starts today! Here's the announcement from the Open Courseware (OCW) Consortium , which organizes the event: The second annual Open Education week will…
- Increasing Access to Federally Funded Scientific Research: Initiatives from the White House and the Congress
February 25, 2013
A new bill mandating Open Access to federally-funded research was just introduced into both houses of Congress. Entitled the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research ACT (FASTR), it was i…
- Federal Research Public Access Act: An Update
March 6, 2012
On March 5, 2012, a group of 81 scholarly journal publishers sent a letter in strong opposition to the Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA) ( S. 2096 and H.R. 4004 ) to Sen. Jose…
- Federal Research Public Access Act of 2012 and What It Means for Access to Research Findings
February 9, 2012
Today, Rep. Michael Doyle (D-PA) introduced the Federal Research Public Access Act of 2012 (FRPAA) (H.R. 4004), which is bipartisan legislation that directs federal agencies to encourage ope…
- The Research Works Act and What It Really Means
January 27, 2012
Recently, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) introduced the Research Works Act (RWA) ( H.R. 3699 ) to "ensure the continued publication and integrity of peer-reviewe…
- Princeton policy pushes academics to maintain copyrights in their scholarship
September 28, 2011
On September 19, Princeton University's Faculty Advisory Committee on Policy adopted an open access policy on scholarly research that prohibits faculty from giving all rights to their schol…
- "Linked open data" the key to the humanities' future?
September 28, 2011
Inside Higher Education posted an interesting article this morning on the increasing interest in and potential of the digital humanities ( http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2011/09/28/nati…
- Fostering Openness - Notes from a SERC09 Discussion Session
June 4, 2009
EDUCAUSE Southeast Regional Conferernce 2009 Atlanta, GA Tuesday, June 2, 2009 DISCUSSION SESSION Openness: Fostering openness: Fostering Sharing, Collaboration, and Open Acc…
- Openness: Fostering Sharing, Collaboration, and Open Access to Knowledge and Resources - Notes
March 6, 2009
Openness: Fostering Sharing, Collaboration, and Open Access to Knowledge and Resources Notes from a discussion session held at the EDUCAUSE Southwest Regional Conference Feb 25, 2009. Note…