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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 >
- Exploring Students' E-Textbook Practices in Higher Education, EDUCAUSE Review Online, July 2015. A two-year university-wide study of students' e-textbook practices found that e-textbook use has increased and become broader demographically.
- Instructor Engagement with E-Texts, EDUCAUSE Review Online, February 2015. This case study of Indiana University's e-text initiative reports on the participation levels and motivations of instructors in engaging with digital textbooks.
- Assessment with E-Textbook Analytics, ECAR Research Bulletin, February 2015, The purpose of this research bulletin is to provide concrete strategies, grounded in research with e-textbook analytics, on how to use data from interactive platforms to inform decisions about supporting student learning with educational technology.
- 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
- EDUCAUSE Now - Show #10 - Vint Cerf Interview, Washington Policy Update, Year-End Review
December 11, 2008
Itâ€™s the year-end episode of EDUCAUSE Now! Grab your eggnog and come sit by the warm fire while we bring you a policy update from our Washington, DC, office, take a look back at 2008 with …
- E08 Podcast: E-Mail: In or Out?
November 25, 2008
This forty-six minute podcast features a point-counterpoint session recorded at the EDUCAUSE 2008 Annual Conference. The presentation, " E-Mail: In or Out? ," is a panel discussion on…
- E08 Podcast: Digging Deep with P2P: Understanding Students' Media Habits
November 19, 2008
This thirteen-minute podcast features a panel update recorded at the EDUCAUSE 2008 Annual Conference. The panel discussion is entitled, " Digging Deep with P2P: Understanding Students'…
- EDUCAUSE LIVE! Podcast: ID Theft Red Flags
October 23, 2008
This fifty-eight minute podcast features Naomi Lefkovitz, Attorney for the Division of Privacy and Identity Protection at the Federal Trade Commission. PowerPoint slides are also available fo…
- Podcast: An Interview with Michael Kaiser, Executive Director for the National Cyber Security Alliance
October 17, 2008
This podcast features an interview with Michael Kaiser, Executive Director for the National Cyber Security Alliance . He talks about October as Cybersecurity Awareness Month and tells use how …
- EDUCAUSE Now - Show #5 - P2P Update & Data-Rich Blogging
July 10, 2008
EDUCAUSE Now is a monthly podcast, focusing on the intelligent use of information technology in higher education. Each episode features a variety of stories, interviews, and views that relate to …
- Podcast: The Big Brother Dilemma
June 11, 2008
This podcast features a 50 minute keynote address from the EDUCAUSE 2008 Enterprise Conference. The speech, " The Big Brother Dilemma ," is by Gregory A. Jackson , Vice President &…
- Podcast: IT and Campaign '08
May 21, 2008
This 58 minute podcast features a panel discussion from the EDUCAUSE 2008 Policy Conference. The participants of this discussion, " IT and Campaign '08 ," include: Joanne…
- Podcast: P2P Policy Update - From Campus to Congress, and Now the State House
May 20, 2008
This hour and forty-five minute podcast features a panel discussion on the latest P2P news regarding higher education. The discussion, "P2P Policy Update - From Campus to Congress, and Now t…
- Podcast: A Blueprint for Big Broadband: Moving from Why to How
May 20, 2008
This podcast features a speech by John Windhausen Jr. , President of Telepoly. The speech, " A Blueprint for Big Broadband: Moving from Why to How ," was recorded at the EDUCAUSE 2…