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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 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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EDUCAUSE Library Items for E-Textbooks
- The PressForward Project and Scholarly Communication on the Open Web
February 21, 2013
A healthy ecosystem for scholarly communication requires a continuum from independently distributed work to postpublication peer review. With funding from the Sloan Foundation, the Roy Rosenzwe…
- 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-Universität Berlin, talks about the policy and technical issues involved in this interoperabil…
- 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…
- Split Over Open Access
June 4, 2009
10 university press directors back requirements for free online versions of federally sponsored research -- even as presses' association fights to end such a requirement. …
- Why Lakoff still matters: Framing the debate on copyright law and digital publishing
June 1, 2009
In 2004, linguist and cognitive scientist George Lakoff popularized the idea of using metaphors and “frames” to promote progressive political issues. Although his theories have since been cri…
- 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…
- 2 New Digital Models Promise Academic Publishing for Profit
October 2, 2008
"Scholarly publishers are well aware that more and more readers and libraries want to get hold of monographs in electronic form. The trick has been how to deliver content digitally without g…
- Ithaka’s 2006 Studies of Key Stakeholders in the Digital Transformation in Higher Education
August 18, 2008
Ithaka's 2006 survey of faculty members sought to determine their attitudes related to online resources, electronic archiving, teaching and learning and related subjects. This study afford…
- Averting a Digital Katrina: Sustaining Trust in the Research Infrastructure
July 1, 2008
© 2008 Amy Friedlander EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 43, no. 4 (July/August 2008) Amy Friedlander is Director of Programs at the Council on Library and Information Resources, Washingt…
- Open Access Publishing and the Emerging Infrastructure for 21st-Century Scholarship
February 15, 2008
In <b>Open Access Publishing and the Emerging Infrastructure for 21st-Century Scholarship</b>, Donald Waters asks, ìopen access for what and for whom and how can we ensure that the…