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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
- OMB Signs Off On FCC Net Neutrality Rules
September 13, 2011
On September 12, 2011, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) signed off on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Open Internet Order (aka Net Neutrality) following their review of …
- Net Neutrality As Campaign Finance Reform
January 1, 2006
"It is quite possible that the most important piece of campaign finance reform to pass in 2006 will be Senator Wyden's "Internet Non-Discrimination Act of 2006." Until now the I…
- Hoping to Avoid $7 Billion Expense
January 1, 2005
"FCC officials suggest that there are multiple ways to interpretregulation on campus networks, but colleges want clarity." "FCC official…
- Interconnecting Worlds
January 1, 2002
The author discusses how two separate activities in higher education, information technology and federal policy (USA Patriot Act and SEVIS), are slowly becoming involved with one another. …
- What's Policy Got to Do with IT?
January 1, 2002
The author discusses IT policy on the state and national levels and how those policy decisions effect higher education. The author discusses IT policy …
- EDUCAUSE Podcast: Washington Update with EDUCAUSE Vice President Mark Luker
February 25, 2008
In this 50 minute podcast we feature a keynote speech by Mark Luker , Vice President of EDUCAUSE. The speech was delivered at the EDUCAUSE 2008 Southwest Regional Conference in Houston, Texas,…
- 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…
- EDUCAUSE2006 Podcast: Policing the Internet
March 31, 2007
In this 48-minute recording from the 2006 EDUCAUSE Annual Conference, we'll hear from Rodney Petersen and Wendy Wigen in a session entitled Policing the Internet: Higher Education Law and …
- The Net Neutrality Debate
April 27, 2006
A session at the EDUCAUSE Policy Conference 2006
Net neutrality has become one of the most hotly debated topics in the telecommunications reform package before Congress. The assurance that networks will remain open to all legal content and applic…
- When Policy and Technology Collide: What CALEA, Community Broadband Deployment, and Net Neutrality Mean for the Future of the Internet
February 23, 2006
A session at the EDUCAUSE Southwest Regional Conference 2006
Whereas the technical convergence of telecommunications and the Internet is well underway, the policy convergence of these two worlds has been fraught with difficulty. Learn why federal policymaker…