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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
- 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…
- July 26: Cybersecurity: An Overview of Risks to Critical Infrastructure
July 25, 2011
July 26, 2011 - 11 a.m. Critical Cyber Infrastructure Risks House Energy and Commerce Committee Hearing Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee hearing on "Cybersecurity: An O…
- EDUCAUSE Letter to Wisconsin Governor and Legislative Leadership Supports Cooperative Approaches to Public Networking
June 14, 2011
Over the past fifteen years, education and research in colleges and universities have benefited immensely from cooperative local, state, and national networking initiatives that have provided fl…
- State of the Mobile Net Conference
May 31, 2011
The Advisory Committee of the Congressional Internet Caucus held its 3rd Annual State of the Mobile Net Conference on May 26, 2011, in Washington, DC. The conference highlighted how …
- Mobile Apps, Mobile Mind?
April 27, 2011
Last night a young friend’s four-year-old sat on my lap playing on my iPad 2. His mother told me that they had discovered strange charges on their credit card. Yes, little Lyndon had downloaded…
- Mobile Computing a 5 Day Sprint
April 26, 2011
I just wanted to post something up on the ETCOM Blog about the Mobile Computing Sprint that is currently underway via the network hosted by Educause. Today's session which kicks off …
- What Higher Ed Can Learn from MTV
April 25, 2011
In a recent FastCompany Expert blog posting, "Are You M-Ready,” Nick Shore, Senior Vice President of Strategic Consumer Insights and Research at MTV, shared some fascinating and provoc…