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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€¦
- House Republicans Look to Block FCC Action on Net Neutrality
July 25, 2014
Republicans in the House of Representatives are attempting to limit the Federal Communications Commissionâ€™s (FCC) ability to act on network neutrality. On May 28, Representative Bob Latta â€¦
- EDUCAUSE Advances Net Neutrality Principles, Positions
July 23, 2014
Summary: Earlier this year, the FCC launched a new net neutrality rule-making process to restore protections lost when its previous rules were overturned. EDUCAUSE joined with several higher educâ€¦
- FCC Approves and Releases Net Neutrality Proposal
May 27, 2014
On Thursday, May 15, the Federal Communications Commission ( FCC ) voted 3 to 2 in favor of Chairman Tom Wheelerâ€™s (D) proposal to create a new, albeit more limited, net neutralâ€¦
- Internet Policy Task Force Looking to Alter Notice and Takedown Procedures
April 28, 2014
On Thursday, March 20 , technology companies and copyright holders met to discuss the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and the notice and takedown process used by copyright holders to pâ€¦
- FCC Releasing Net Neutrality Rules Mid-May, Chairman Gives Insight into Proposals
April 28, 2014
On April 23, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will release in mid-May new proposed â€śnet neutralityâ€ť or Open Internet Rules, which would outlinâ€¦
- US May Cede Control of the Internet Domain System
April 28, 2014
On March 14, the U.S. Department of Commerceâ€™s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced the US government will not renew its contract with the Internet Coâ€¦
- FCC Telecom Service Provider Accessibility Certification Rules
April 22, 2013
Our friends at ACUTA (the higher education telecommunications administrators association) have posted an alert to colleges and universities that "charge students, tenants, or others for â€¦
- USF Reform Comments to the FCC
July 9, 2012
July 9, 2012 comments sent by EDUCAUSE, AAU, ACE, APLU, AASCU, and NACUBO to the Federal Communications Commission about the proposed reform of the Universal Service Fund contribution methodologyâ€¦
- 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 neutrâ€¦