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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
- Copyright Challenges Facing Higher Education
November 22, 2013
This podcast features session audio from the EDUAUSE 2013 Annual Conference. The speaker is Pam Samuelson, Faculty Director for the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology at the University of C…
- Podcast: Sharing and Protecting Ideas and Knowledge in the 21st Century
March 20, 2012
How do the ideals of knowledge sharing and education intersect with market forces and modern technology? What is the tension between openness and traditional models of educat…
- ELI2011 Podcast: How To Fix Copyright
March 7, 2011
Due to the changes wrought by digital technology and the Internet, ordinary people are becoming authors , publishers , and, less appealingly, potential infringers on a massive scale…
- Session: It Is About Timeâ€”Getting Our Values Around Copyright Right
November 24, 2009
This session, from the EDUCAUSE 2009 Annual Conference, features a keynote address by Lawrence Lessig , director of the Edward J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics at Harvard Universit…
- Lawrence Lessig Interview
November 16, 2009
This podcast features our full thirty-five minute interview with Lawrence Lessig . He is director of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics at Harvard University and a professor of l…
- EDUCAUSE Now - Show #11 - Science Commons, EDUPUNK, How to Get Faculty to Do What You Want!
January 15, 2009
Welcome to 2009 and a new year of EDUCAUSE Now! Join host Gerry Bayne and Colleen Luckett for a look at making research more streamlined with the open sharing of knowledge. Listen to a lively deb…
- CNI Podcast: The Science Commons Project - An Interview with John Wilbanks
January 15, 2009
This thirty minute podcast features an interview with John Wilbanks , Vice-President of the Science Commons Project . It was recorded at the CNI 2008 Fall Task Force Meeting. Science C…
- CNI Podcast: An Interview with Duane Webster, Executive Director of the Association of Research Libraries
April 28, 2008
This 26 minute podcast features an interview with Duane Webster , Executive Director of the Association of Research Libraries . Our conversation was recorded at the CNI 2008 Spring Task For…
- Podcast: Don't Download This Panel - A Discussion of Peer-to-Peer Filesharing
April 22, 2008
This podcast features a panel discussion of peer-to-peer filesharing. It was recorded at the EDUCAUSE 2008 Western Regional Conference, and is entitled, " Don't Download This Panel &q…
- CNI Podcast: An Interview with Jim Neal, VP for Information Services and University Librarian, Columbia University
January 9, 2008
In this 20 minute podcast, we feature an interview with Jim Neal , Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian at Columbia University. He provides leadership for universit…