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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
- "Sharing and Fairness: Rights and Responsibilities"
January 11, 2006
This is the podcast of the second general session of EDUCAUSE's 2006 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference. This session was recorded on Wednesday, January 11, 2006. The session featured panelist…
- 2007 Policy Conference: Why Higher Education Advocacy Matters on IT Policy
June 5, 2007
The closing keynote speech at the 2007 Educause Policy Conference was delivered by James X. Dempsey , Policy Director at the Center for Democracy and Technology in Washington, DC. The key conc…
- 2007 Policy Conference: Identity Crisis
June 22, 2007
The opening keynote speech at the 2007 Educause Policy Conference was delivered by Jim Harper , Director of Information Policy Studies at the Cato Institute. Through public policy debate,…
- 2007 Policy Conference: Year In Review
June 5, 2007
The 2007 Policy Conference kicked off with a top-ten style list of Policy Issues currently facing higher education. This entertaining and insightful list was compiled and delivered by Tracy Mit…
- 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. Lanny'…
- A Interview with Doug Van Houweling, president and CEO of Internet2
October 20, 2005
In this recording, we'll listen in on an interview with Doug Van Houweling, president and CEO of Internet2, as he provides a bit of background about the breadth and depth of the organizatio…
- An Interview about CALEA with Wendy Wigen
October 17, 2005
The attached recording provides a 27 minute interview with EDUCAUSE Policy Analyst Wendy Wigen about the potential impact of CALEA (the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act),…
- An Interview with Adam Stone about policy, compliance and cybersecurity in research institutions
November 2, 2005
In this 15 minute recording, we'll hear from Adam Stone , Associate Liaison to DOE/UC at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, on the interaction of research innovation, institutional polic…
- An Interview with Al Essa
October 26, 2006
In this 18 minute recording, we'll hear from Al Essa , Associate Vice Chancellor & Deputy CIO at the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. Listen in as he shares some thoughts o…
- An Interview with ALA's Rick Weingarten
December 9, 2005
In this 32 minute recording, I join Rick Weingarten, Director of the ALA's Office of IT Policy, for a look inside the beltway. Join us as he shares a brief bit of background about the Amer…