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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
- An Interview with James Michalko
December 18, 2006
In this 14 minute recording, we'll get an update from OCLC's Jim Michalko . Listen in as he shares thoughts about a range of developments including the combination of RLG and OCLC.…
- An Interview with Peter Kaufman and Mark Phillipson
December 18, 2006
In this 23 minute recording, we'll hear Peter Kaufman and Mark Phillipson, both from the Columbia University's Center for New Media Teaching and Learning . Listen in as they co…
- An Interview with Glenda Morgan
December 18, 2006
In this 17 minute recording, we'll hear from Cal State's Director of Academic Technology Research, Glenda Morgan . Listen in as she shares some thoughts about her research into fa…
- An Interview with Geneva Henry
December 18, 2006
In this 15 minute recording, we'll hear from Rice University's Geneva Henry about a range of topics including open source, connexions, intellectual property and more. See also: …
- An Interview with Greg Jackson
October 19, 2006
This 27 minute recording provides coverage of an interview with the University of Chicago's CIO, Greg Jackson . Listen in as Marilu Goodyear hosts a discussion about patents, cyberi…
- An Interview with Steve Wheatley, VP of ACLS
January 6, 2006
In this 14 minute recording, I sit down with Steve Wheatley , a VP with the American Council of Learned Societies . Listen in as he shares thoughts on the political economy of higher educ…
- An Interview with MIT's MacKenzie Smith
December 16, 2005
In this podcast, I speak with MIT's McKenzie Smith about the Science Commons , governance of DSpace , The MIT Libraries' investigation of Semantic Web technology via their S…
- An Interview with UNC's JosÃ©-Marie Griffiths
December 15, 2005
In this 29 minute recording, we'll hear from JosÃ©-Marie Griffiths , Dean and Professor of the UNC School of Information and Library Sciences. She's also the principal investigat…
- An Interview with ArtStor's James Shulman
December 13, 2005
In this 22 minute recording, we'll hear from ARTstor's James Shulman as he compares and contrasts the work of ARTstor with the likes of flickr , jstor , portico and th…
- A conversation with Lanny Arvan
November 2, 2005
In this 17 minute recording, Lanny Arvan joins me for a discussion about mobile computing, rich media publishing, blogging, vendor consolidation, intellectual property and more.Â Lanny…