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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.
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EDUCAUSE Library Items for E-Textbooks
- What the Verizon-Google proposal has achieved….
August 17, 2010
I’m quite sure that the individuals involved in drafting the recently announced Verizon-Google Legislative Framework Proposal did not expect the very public and very negative reaction that i…
- 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 fi…
- “Third Way” may be the lever to resolve the debate over net neutrality
June 16, 2010
Just as I wrote earlier that net neutrality proponents may have won by losing the Comcast vs. FCC decision; it appears that Chairman Genachowski’s Third Way proposal may be the lever that w…
- Commerce Committees call for Changes in the Communications Act
May 26, 2010
At an event on May 20th, Rick Boucher, Chairman of the House Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet, stood before a group of telecommunications wonks and descri…
- Rockefeller fends off an ambush
April 15, 2010
In yesterday’s Senate Commerce Committee hearing, Chairman Rockefeller (D-WV) fended off an ambush. Julius Genachowski, the FCC Commissioner, sat alone before the Committee to discuss the Natio…
- Net Neutrality: Did we win by losing?
April 12, 2010
I have been hesitant to comment on the recent Comcast vs. FCC Court decision which centered on the controversial issue of Net Neutrality and whether the FCC had the authority to enfor…
- Does Google want to be your next ISP?
February 11, 2010
While everything else slept under three feet of snow in DC, the Internet world was abuzz with the latest announcement from Google that they were going to venture into the mega broadband network b…
- Obama on YouTube: "I'm a big believer in net neutrality."
February 2, 2010
In a follow-up interview to his recent State of the Union address, President Barack Obama took questions from viewers in an interview on YouTube . One citizen asked the President for his view…
- Are we in the final throes of the net neutrality struggle?
October 23, 2009
It is often felt that once an issue is memorialized on paper that the real discussion and debate is already over. This may or may not be the case with the Notice of Public Rule Making (NPRM) that…
- Net Neutrality and Managed Services: Your Expertise is Needed!
October 14, 2009
With the FCC poised to vote up or down on opening a rule making proceeding on net neutrality, the old battle lines are being redrawn in the press and advocates and opponents are taking their resp…