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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
- Top 10 IT Issues, 2015: Inflection Point
February 4, 2015
A session at the EDUCAUSE LIVE! - Top 10 IT Issues, 2015: Inflection Point
Change continues to characterize the EDUCAUSE Top 10 IT Issues in 2015. The pace of change seems not to be slowing but rather increasing. Higher education information technology seems to have rea…
- New Technology Service Models for Community Engagement
September 30, 2014
A session at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference
The goal of the session is to highlight the use of a technology and support model that exemplifies the goals of the community partners alongside UNO partners. We will share best practices of the …
- Mobile Support Solutions for a Distributed, Regionally Diverse Organization
March 18, 2014
A session at the EDUCAUSE Connect: Chicago
We're a small area of a larger research institution charged with supporting regional locations and online education. Come learn about the tools we use to provide on-demand support to nine re…
- The Cycle of Learning and Teaching and a Student Work Force
March 26, 2014
A session at the NERCOMP Annual Conference
Are you trying to encourage team efforts and foster a more cooperative learning environment, one that will naturally increase the knowledge base of the student employee? When success is being ach…
- Seminar 15P - How Good Are Your IT Services? (separate registration required)
October 15, 2013
A session at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference 2013
This workshop is designed to give you the knowledge, processes, and tools needed to conduct meaningful assessments of IT service quality at your institution; use assessment data to engage students,…
- What Do Newer Generation Faculty Want from IT Services?
July 7, 2010
IT professionals have paid attention to research on the attitudes, aptitudes, expectations, and learning styles attributed to student generational cohorts, but now those students are returning to…
- iTEAM: Opening the Door to Online Success
May 30, 2013
A session at the Southeast Regional Conference
iTEAM (Innovative Technology Education Around Marist) comprises a group of students from the Office of Academic Technology, along with the help desk, whose members visit each academic building on…
- On the Cutting Edge: Innovative Services That Blend Technology with Purpose
February 13, 2013
A session at the West/Southwest Regional Conference
Join this lively session for a look at three exciting and innovative services being offered to meet new challenges on our campuses including data management, the need to rethink and repurpose physi…
- Where Do We Go from Here? Using Collaboration Carefully to Navigate Growth
March 18, 2013
A session at the Midwest Regional Conference
The University of Chicago's IT Services desires to embed itself in the experiential and transformational culture of the campus but faces an ambiguous course. Direct engagement with creative de…
- Teaching Fishing; or, Empowering Users with Technology
February 13, 2013
A session at the West/Southwest Regional Conference
"Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he'll eat for a lifetime." This session will discuss the issues of "teaching fishing" (in relation …