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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
- 2014 FCC Net Neutrality Rule-Making: Higher Education/Libraries Reply Comments
October 23, 2014
In July 2014, a coalition of higher education and library groups, including EDUCAUSE, submitted formal comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regarding its â€śopen Internetâ€â€¦
- Comments of the Association of Research Libraries, EDUCAUSE, Internet2, NYSERNet, and ACUTA In the matter of Preserving the Open Internet Broadband Industry Practices
January 14, 2010
This is a joint filing (EDUCAUSE along with ARL, Internet2, ACUTA and NYSERNet) to the FCC in the Net Neutrality proceedings. This is a joint fiâ€¦
- EDUCAUSE signs on to 700 MHz Comments to the FCC
January 1, 2007
As part of the Ad Hoc Public Interest Spectrum Coalition, EDUCAUSE signed on to comments submitted to the FCC regarding the auction rules for the 700 MHz spectrum. This valuable spectrum is expecteâ€¦
- State Legislative Tracking Chart
January 1, 2007
The EDUCAUSE State Legislative Tracking Chart for the year 2007. This tracking chart focuses mainly on telecommunications issues at the state level. Thâ€¦
- Tim Berners-Lee Congressional Testimony
January 1, 2007
Testimony of Tim Berners-Lee CSAIL decentralized information group MIT. This testimony was before the United States House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Telecomâ€¦
- Reply Brief in the case of ACE vs. FCC regarding CALEA
January 1, 2006
This document was submitted to the 10th District Federal Appeals Court in Washington DC on March 13, 2006 as part of the ongoing appeal of the FCC Report and Order brought by the higher education câ€¦
- CALEA Opening Brief
January 1, 2006
This is a formal appeal of the FCC ruling concerning CALEA filed in the 10th District Court of Appeals. The document states that we are asking the Court to overturn the FCC ruling based on the evidâ€¦
- Higher Education Coalition Comments on CALEA - Final Draft
January 1, 2005
Higher Education's Comments filed with the FCC on November 14, 2005 regarding CALEA. This is the final draft. Higher Education's Comments filâ€¦
- FCC Order and Further Notice of Public Rulemaking on CALEA
January 1, 2005
On September 23, the Federal Communications Commission released an Order and Further Notice of Public Rule Making applying for the first time the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (â€¦
- Higher Education Coalition Comments Filed with the FCC Regarding CALEA and Internet Service Providers
January 1, 2004
A coalition of higher education and library associations recently filed a comment with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) opposing a Department of Justice attempt to bring all broadband acâ€¦