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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
- Network Neutrality and Quality of Service: What a Non-Discrimination Rule Should Look Like
June 11, 2012
In this paper, from the Center for Internet and Society, author Barbara van Schewick proposes a framework that policy makers and others can use to choose among different options for network neutr…
- Is Net neutrality dead? (FAQ)
April 6, 2010
A federal appeals court decision against the Federal Communications Commission has left many people wondering if the open Internet's days are numbered. On Tuesday, a three-judge panel…
- FCC wants to know: Is degrading P2P traffic 'reasonable'?
January 15, 2008
"As foreshadowed at the Consumer Electronics Show last week , federal regulators this week took the first formal step into investigating complaints about how Internet service providers, s…
- Push for â€˜net neutrality' stalls
September 14, 2007
Though legislation is unlikely this year, education groups say they haven't given up the fight to keep network owners from prioritizing web traffic according to payment. …
- Ten Things That Finally Killed Net Neutrality
September 10, 2007
The author give a good overview of the current Net Neutrality forecast. The author give a good overview of the current Net Neutrality forecast. …
- FTC Nixes Net Neutrality
July 2, 2007
Consumers Should Trust the Marketplace, Regulators Purr. Consumers Should Trust the Marketplace, Regulators Purr. …
- CALEA: It doesn't apply to universities and libraries after all
May 17, 2007
"Back in 2005-2006, when CALEA (the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act) was being expanded to cover broadband providers and VoIP companies, libraries and universities raised a…
- Internet 3.0: Identifying Problems and Solutions to the Network Neutrality Debate
January 1, 2006
This paper will examine the network neutrality debate with an eye toward refuting and dismissing the many false and misleading claims and concentrating on the real problems occasioned by the Intern…
- The Debate on Net Neutrality: A Policy Perspective
January 1, 2007
Whether to legislate to maintain "net neutrality", the current status quo of prohibiting broadband service providers from charging online websites for preferential access to theirresident…
- Berners-Lee Gets Technical on The Hill
January 1, 2007
Tim Berners-Lee recently went to Congress with a global view of the future of the Internet and was hit with a dose of here-and-now U.S. policy questions, including network neutrality, and digital r…