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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
- E08 Podcast: An Interview with Sheri Thompson, IT Planning and Communications Officer for Louisiana State University
July 28, 2009
This fourteen minute podcast features an interview with Sheri Thompson , IT Planning and Communications Officer for Louisiana State University. The conversation was recorded at the EDUCAUSE 20…
- EDUCAUSE Now - Show #16 - Project Management, Federal Policy Changes, and Green IT Initiatives
June 11, 2009
EDUCAUSE Now is a monthly podcast, focusing on the intelligent use of information technology in higher education. Â Join hosts Gerry Bayne and Colleen Luckett for this episode which present…
- Podcast: Protecting Privacy in a Sea of Data - Joanne McNabb, Chief of the Office of Privacy Protection for the State of California
May 11, 2009
This fifty minute podcast features a keynote address from the 2009 EDUCAUSE & Internet2 Security Professionals Conference. The speech, " Protecting Privacy in a Sea of Data ," is …
- ELI Podcast: The Law and Policy of Web 2.0: Much Old, Some New, Lots Borrowed, So Donâ€™t Be Blue
January 27, 2009
This one hour and thirteen minute podcast features a session presented by Beth Cate , Associate General Counsel for Indiana University System . The speech, " The Law and Policy of Web 2.…
- EDUCAUSE Now - Show #11 - Science Commons, EDUPUNK, How to Get Faculty to Do What You Want!
January 15, 2009
Welcome to 2009 and a new year of EDUCAUSE Now! Join host Gerry Bayne and Colleen Luckett for a look at making research more streamlined with the open sharing of knowledge. Listen to a lively deb…
- CNI Podcast: The Science Commons Project - An Interview with John Wilbanks
January 15, 2009
This thirty minute podcast features an interview with John Wilbanks , Vice-President of the Science Commons Project . It was recorded at the CNI 2008 Fall Task Force Meeting. Science C…
- CNI Podcast: WebAnywhere - A Screen Reader On-the-Go
January 12, 2009
This fifteen minute podcast features an interview with Jeff Bigham , Ph.D. candidate at the University of Washington and Richard Ladner , Boeing Professor in Computer Science and Engineerin…
- E08 Podcast: An Interview with Ellen Smout, Manager of Corporate Data Security for the University of Western Ontario
December 29, 2008
This fifteen minute podcast features an interview with Ellen Smout , Manager of Corporate Data Security for the University of Western Ontario. The conversation was recorded at the EDUCAUSE 200…
- E08 Podcast: In Conversation - Privacy & Security
December 29, 2008
This twenty-five minute podcast features a conversation recorded at the EDUCAUSE 2008 Annual Conference. The topic is Privacy and Security . Privacy and Security. Privacy or Security. Priv…
- E08 Podcast: An Interview with Shimizu Yasutaka, President of the National Institute of Multimedia Education, Japan
December 18, 2008
This twelve-minute podcast features a conversation with Shimizu Yasutaka , President of the National Institute of Multimedia Education ( NIME ) in Japan. This interview was recorded at the E…