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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
- FCC's New Net Neutrality Rules and Higher Ed
January 14, 2011
In late December the FCC approved new rules on net neutrality. These rules have been received with much controversy in the public sphere, gaining the acceptance of some ISPs and the disapproval o…
- 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,…
- Getting Back to the Front of the Line: Internet Policy and the Higher Education Community
January 1, 2000
This article discusses the increased importance of information technology and the Internet in federal policy. Copyright, online gambling, and the role of universities as Internet service providers…
- Managing the Campus Internet Explosion
January 1, 1999
The Internet, in its rebirth as the World Wide Web, entered the campus environment with great rapidity and little forewarning. The rapidity of adoption by students caused many academic institution…
- 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 …
- Washington Update: Hot Topics in Federal Law and Regulation
March 30, 2011
A session at the NERCOMP Annual Conference 2011
Congress and the federal regulatory agencies continue to focus their attention on technology issues. From open source to social media, from copyright infringement to cybersecurity, new laws and new…
- Federal IT Policy: Higher Education and the New Congress
February 5, 2007
IT policy issues, once the province of campus IT leaders, now demand an increasing share of attention across the entire campus executive leadership. As IT becomes a critical, core service of campus…
- IT Policy in Higher Education: Now a Presidential Concern
October 10, 2006
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2006 Annual Conference
IT policy issues, once the province of the campus IT leaders, now demand an increasing share of attention across the entire campus executive leadership. As IT becomes a critical, core service of ca…
- 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…