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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
- Access to, Sharing, and Retention of Research Data: What Do Campuses Need to Do?
May 7, 2012
Data that are generated by research and other scholarly activities are the lifeblood of the research enterprise. These research investigators and their institutions have responsibilities and o…
- White House Initiative Highlights "Big Data"
March 30, 2012
On March 29, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) held an event to announce the launch of a "Big Data Research and Development Initiative." Largely buildi…
- NSF, NIH, DOD, Other Fed. Agencies Launch "Big Data" Initiative
March 29, 2012
The New York Times reports that several major federal agencies--including the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense and the Defense Ad…
- Podcast: Kenneth Spelke on CIO Strategies for a Twelve College System
March 22, 2012
In this podcast, Ethan Benatan , vice president for information technology & CIO at Marylhurst University, interviews Ken Spelke , CIO for the Board of Trustees of Community Technical C…
- NFB: Google Apps Accessibility Not There Yet
January 13, 2012
This last October, I wrote about comments made by the National Federation of the Blind’s legal counsel, Dan Goldstein, indicating that Google appeared to be on track to resolve NFB concerns ab…
- Obama Admin. Renews College Costs Focus
December 6, 2011
Today's Inside Higher Ed reports on the outcomes of yesterday's White House roundtable discussion with college and university presidents about ways to reduce college costs, def…
- ADA Web Accessibility Regs Likely Just A Matter of Time
November 18, 2011
Between the Kindle e-reader lawsuits , Google Apps for Education civil rights complaints , and Penn State’s recent settlement of a National Federation of the Blind (NFB) complaint ab…
- Google Apps Accessibility: A Light at the End of the Tunnel?
October 5, 2011
A couple of weeks ago, Google announced accessibility improvements to a number of Google Apps , including Google Docs (documents list, documents, and spreadsheets), Google Calendar (agenda vi…
- Google Apps accessibility improvements, Sept. 21 webconference
September 19, 2011
My colleague, Joan Cheverie, blogged on Friday about Google's announcement that day of its accessibility improvements to some of the key elements of Google Apps for Education. You can view J…
- A New Government-Only Cloud
August 18, 2011
Amazon appears set to launch a government-only cloud service for federal agencies that will allow them to meet specific security requirements for the handling of federal data, such as having onl…