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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
- Podcast: Tom Zeller on Dramatic Changes in Higher Ed IT
July 11, 2012
Tom Zeller has over 30 years of higher education IT experience. His current role as Senior Technology Analyst in the Applied Technology Laboratory at Indiana University involves projects in e…
- EDUCAUSE Now - #42 - 1) Policy Issues: Accessibility and Sharing of Student Data 2) IT as a Game Changer
August 11, 2011
This month on EDUCAUSE Now : EDUCAUSE Vice-President for Policy and Analysis, Greg Jackson shares his thoughts on two hot topics in higher ed IT policy: accesibility and sharing of stud…
- EDUCAUSE Now: - #34 - 1) CIOs Staying Nimble 2) Policy and Law for Higher Ed IT
December 9, 2010
This month on EDUCAUSE Now , we feature two discussions. First, we hear from three university CIOs about how they keep their organizations nimble and what keeps them up at night! We also featu…
- Session: Internet Governance â€“ Federal Regulatory Agency, or a Nightmare Par Excellence?
March 12, 2010
A myriad of federal agencies currently try to address governance issues related to the Internet, for example, the Copyright Office, the FCC, the FTC, the Judiciary, the Department of Commerce, t…
- EDUCAUSE Now - #21 - 1) Jim Collins on What Not To Do 2) Lawrence Lessig on Fair Use for Educators
November 12, 2009
Take a break from raking those leaves and join hosts Gerry Bayne and Colleen Luckett for the November edition of EDUCAUSE Now! This month we talk with two of the keynote speakers from our 2009 An…
- EDUCAUSE Now - #19 - Implications of Social Media on Pedagogy, The EDUCAUSE 2009 Awards, Accessibility for Students with Disabilities
September 10, 2009
Join host Gerry Bayne and Colleen Luckett for the September edition of EDUCAUSE Now! This month we take a look at the adoption of social media in the classroom, the EDUCAUSE 2009 Awards, and acce…
- EDUCAUSE Now - Show #16 - Project Management, Federal Policy Changes, and Green IT Initiatives
June 11, 2009
EDUCAUSE Now is a monthly podcast, focusing on the intelligent use of information technology in higher education. Â Join hosts Gerry Bayne and Colleen Luckett for this episode which present…
- E08 Podcast: In Conversation - Privacy & Security
December 29, 2008
This twenty-five minute podcast features a conversation recorded at the EDUCAUSE 2008 Annual Conference. The topic is Privacy and Security . Privacy and Security. Privacy or Security. Priv…
- EDUCAUSE Now - Show #10 - Vint Cerf Interview, Washington Policy Update, Year-End Review
December 11, 2008
Itâ€™s the year-end episode of EDUCAUSE Now! Grab your eggnog and come sit by the warm fire while we bring you a policy update from our Washington, DC, office, take a look back at 2008 with …
- E08 Podcast: Digging Deep with P2P: Understanding Students' Media Habits
November 19, 2008
This thirteen-minute podcast features a panel update recorded at the EDUCAUSE 2008 Annual Conference. The panel discussion is entitled, " Digging Deep with P2P: Understanding Students'…