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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
- That Was The Year That Was, 2011
January 9, 2012
So, what did the EDUCAUSE Policy group in Washington do in 2011? In general, we did what we've always done: worked closely with our campus constituents to understand and provide assistance…
- Notes on Current Networking Initiatives, Summer 2011
August 10, 2011
In the last year, several related and synergistic broadband initiatives have gained some traction and attention. These efforts, though they may have common audiences and players, each have sli…
- Cyberinfrastructure Advisory Framework
October 30, 2008
The Net@EDU Campus Cyberinfrastructure working group has developed a set of key guidelines and questions to help CIOs assess their institutionâ€™s current CI environment as they plan the fut…
- Considerations for Campus Cyberinfrastructure Data Management Policy and Procedure Development
June 4, 2009
Equally important as the physical cyberinfrastructure components designed to facilitate the transmission and storage of data are the policies and procedures for how that data is managed. The purp…
- Campus Cyberinfrastructure and Data Centers
June 4, 2009
Many campuses have data centers that are inadequate for the rapidly increasing demands placed on them. Lower costs for hardware, hotter electronics, and greater densities for rack-mounted servers…
- Developing a Coherent Cyberinfrastructure from Local Campuses to National Facilities: Challenges and Strategies
April 2, 2009
This report summarizes the observations and recommendations from a workshop in July 2008 sponsored by the EDUCAUSE Net@EDU Campus Cyberinfrastructure Working Group (CCI) and the Coalition for Aca…
- The Application of CALEA to Higher Education Networks
January 1, 2006
Legal analysis of the recent CALEA ruling by the American Council on Education. Legal analysis of the recent CALEA ruling by the American Council on Ed…
- Blocking VoIP Calls: Foreboding Harbinger or Benign Fluke?
January 1, 2005
This is a one page issue brief providing the EDUCAUSE perspective regarding communication transport providers blocking of Internet protocol traffic and the potential consequences on the development…
- IP-Enabled Services Reply Comments to the FCC Docket #04-36
January 1, 2004
EDUCAUSE submitted comments in the IP-Enabled Services Proceeding on April 28. Those organizations who submit comments are given the opportunity to read through all of the comments submitted and pr…
- Wiretapping the Internet: Is VoIP Different?
January 1, 2004
A position brief written regarding CALEA and the FCC. A position brief written regarding CALEA and the FCC. …