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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.
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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 …
- 7 Things You Should Know About Net Neutrality
June 22, 2010
Net neutrality is the principle that broadband Internet providers will handle all network traffic in a nondiscriminatory manner. The Internet was conceived as an “open” service that would ope…
- The Internet at Risk: The Need for Higher Education Advocacy
October 19, 2007
© 2007 James X. Dempsey. The text of this article is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 license ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ ). EDUCAUSE…
- Lessons for the Future Internet: Learning from the Past
January 1, 2006
© 2006 Michael M. Roberts EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 41, no. 4 (July/August 2006): 16–25. Lessons for the Future Internet: Learning from the Past Michael M. Roberts Mike Roberts ha…
- Senate Ponders Policing of Net Neutrality Offenses
January 1, 2006
"Taking cues from earlier proposals in the House of Representatives, key senators recently said they too are pondering legislation that would police violations of so-called Net neutrality unde…
- Consumer Groups Push for Net Neutrality Rules
January 1, 2006
"Organizations react to telcos plans to slow access to some content." "Organizations react to telcos plans to slow access to some conten…
- FCC Votes on the Comcast/BitTorrent Issue Tomorrow, and EDUCAUSE Enters the Fray
July 31, 2008
Tomorrow the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is expected to hold a meeting to adopt an enforcement action against Comcast for violating the Commission's principles on an open and acc…
- Regulation of the Internet: The Hows and Whys of Telecommunications Reform
January 1, 2005
The Internet has enjoyed years of relative freedom from regulation compared to other communication avenues such as telephone and cable. Is this about to change? Why, and why now? How will the out…
- Where in the World is the World Wide Web?
January 1, 1996
The geography of cyberspace is a sensitive legal issue. The geography of cyberspace is a sensitive legal issue. …
- 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…