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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
- OPEN: Alternative to SOPA/PIPA Released
December 8, 2011
Today, Sen. Wyden (D-OR) and Rep. Issa (R-CA) released their alternative to SOPA ( H.R. 3261 ) and PROTECT IP (PIPA)( S. 968 ). The Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade (OP…
- Alternative Online Piracy Legislative Proposal Released
December 2, 2011
A discussion draft proposal has just been released by a bipartisan group of legislators to serve as an alternative approach to SOPA, the House bill and PROTECT IP (PIPA), the Senate bill, in…
- EDUCAUSE Submits Proposed Targeted Fixes to SOPA
December 1, 2011
Over the past few weeks, EDUCAUSE, together with members of the EDUCAUSE Government Relations for Information Technology (GRIT), has met with the staff leadership of the House Judiciary Comm…
- How PIPA Would Affect Colleges and Universities (July 5, 2011)
July 5, 2011
This EDUCAUSE Policy Analysis and Advocacy Program Policy Brief focuses on S. 968, Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act (S. 968), also…
- Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) Update
November 15, 2011
On Wednesday, November 16 th at 10 am (EST), the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on H.R. 3261 , the “Stop Online Piracy Act” (See blog post of October 28 th fo…
- Joint PIPA Letter (May 25, 2011)
May 25, 2011
Letter sent to Patrick Leahy and Chuck Grassley, respectively chair and member of the Committee on the Judiciary, regarding S. 968, Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Th…
- Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA): The House Version of Protect IP (PIPA) and Its Consequences for Our Campus Networks
October 28, 2011
This week Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) and Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) introduced H.R. 3261 , the “Stop Online Piracy Act,” which is the House version of the Senate’s bill, “Protect IP” (fo…
- UCLA Streaming Video Case Dismissed
October 5, 2011
On Monday, October 3 rd , a federal judge in Los Angeles dismissed the copyright infringement lawsuit brought by AIME (Association for Information Media and Equipment, whose members includ…
- The Orphan Works Controversy Heats Up Again
September 14, 2011
On Monday, September 12 th , the Authors Guild filed a copyright infringement suit against the HathiTrust , a non-profit digital repository partnership between major research institu…
- Streaming Legislation
July 21, 2011
Earlier this spring, Victoria Espinel, the U.S Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, produced a “ White Paper ” (see May 11 th blog ) that detailed a number of intellectual …