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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
- Some Thoughts on Free Textbooks
January 14, 2009
Textbooks : Introduction to Physical Oceanography; Our Ocean Planet; Environmental Science in the 21st Century Author: Robert Stewart, Professor, Oceanography Department,…
- Things to Do While Waiting for the Future to Happen: Building Cyberinfrastructure for the Liberal Arts
July 9, 2008
© 2008 David Green and Michael Roy. The text of this article is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc…
- Open Access & Science Publishing: Results of a Study on Researchersâ€™ Acceptance and Use of Open Access Publishing
January 1, 2007
According to this Open Access & Science Publishing study researchers' overall attitude toward Open Access publishing is very positive. Open Access publishing means providing access to scie…
- An Interview with Joel Greenberg
December 18, 2006
In the attached 16 minute recording, we'll hear from Open University's Director of Strategic Development, Joel Greenberg . Listen in as he discusses a range of topics including, amon…
- An Interview with Toru Iiyoshi
November 3, 2006
In this 13 minute recording, Bill Hogue sits down with the Carnegie Foundation's Toru Iiyoshi for a discussion about the Keep Toolkit, the Spellings Report, and much more. …
- An Interview with Ray Kurzweil
October 27, 2006
In this 13 minute interview, we'll hear from author, futurist and inventor, Ray Kurzweil. Listen in as he shares some thoughts on open source, open content, voice recognition and more. …
- An Interview with Al Essa
October 26, 2006
In this 18 minute recording, we'll hear from Al Essa , Associate Vice Chancellor & Deputy CIO at the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. Listen in as he shares some thoughts o…
- An Interview with Terri Bays
October 26, 2006
In this 19 minute recording, we'll hear from Terri Bays , OCW Project Director at the University of Notre Dame. Listen in as she shares some thoughts on open courseware, institutional re…
- An Interview with Patrick Dreher
October 19, 2006
In this 18 minute recording, Bill Hogue sits down with MIT's Patrick Dreher for a discussion about research computing, cyberinfrastructure, and open content. See also: …
- An Interview with the National Research Council of Canada's Glen Newton
January 6, 2006
In this 16 minute recording, we'll hear from acting group leader of the National Research Council of Canada's CISTI Research . Let's listen in as Glen Newton compares and contr…