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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 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
- E-Research and E-Scholarship: Enabling the Scholarly Communication of the Future - Notes from a Midwest Regional Discussion Session March 2009
May 19, 2009
E-Research and E-Scholarship: Enabling the Scholarly Communication of the Future EDUCAUSE Midwest Regional Conference, March 24, 2009 Notes provided by Dorette Kerian Melissa Woo…
- Toward Universal Access to All Knowledge - NOTES from a talk by Brewster Kahle
April 29, 2009
Toward Universal Access to All Knowledge - NOTES This presentation was recorded for podcast and is available at http://www.educause.edu/blog/gbayne/PodcastTowardUniversalAccessto/170701 …
- E-Research and E-Scholarship: Enabling the Scholarly Communication of the Future Discussion Session WRC09 - San Francisco April 2009
April 17, 2009
E-Research and E-Scholarship: Enabling the Scholarly Communication of the Future Notes from a discussion session faciliated by Robert McDonald, Associate Dean for Library Technologies, Indian…
- Notes - EthicShare presentation at CNI Spring 09
April 10, 2009
CNI Spring 2009 Meeting EthicShare http://www.ethicshare.org/ NOTES Intro - Helping Hands and others (CLIR, NSF & U of Minnesota) came together to collect Bioethics informat…
- Focusing on Cloud Computing
March 23, 2009
On Friday Jeffrey Rayport and Andrew Heyward of research firm Marketspace presented their views on cloud computing as part of the Google D.C. Talk series. Held at the Newseum, the speakers were j…
- What's Your Carbon Footprint? Sustainability and Green IT Initiatives That Make a Difference - Notes
March 7, 2009
What's Your Carbon Footprint? Sustainability and Green IT Initiatives That Make a Difference - Notes Southwest Regional Conference (2009) Closing general session Podcast available at…
- The Technology Revolution: IT as a Catalyst for Change - NOTES
January 20, 2009
Notes from the EDUCAUSE Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference Opening General Session: The Technology Revolution: IT as a Catalyst for Change Participants: Sayeed Choudhury, The Johns Ho…
- "The Future of the Internet" Includes Policy Challenges and Social Dilemmas
December 24, 2008
The Pew Internet & American Life Project has issued its report based upon survey findings called "The Future of the Internet III." Technology stakeholders and critics were asked…
- Talking About Cloud Computing (Part 2)
September 19, 2008
Last week, Google DC Talks held a discussion on cloud computing. It also served as an opportunity to showcase a recent study on the subject conducted by the Pew Reseach Center's Internet an…
- Talking About Cloud Computing (Part 1)
September 12, 2008
Today, Google hosted a discussion entitled "Cloud Computing:Navigating the Next Frontier" in its Washington, DC office. The panel, which was moderated by Google policy director Alan Da…