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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
- 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…
- Podcast: Do's and Don'ts of Advocacy: Helping Your Federal Relations Officer Advance the IT Agenda
May 20, 2008
This hour and sixteen minute podcast features a panel discussion recorded at the EDUCAUSE 2008 Policy Conference. The discussion, "Do's and Don'ts of Advocacy: Helping Your Federal…
- Podcast: American Higher Education Is Going Global: Implications for CIOs, National Networks, and Federal Policymakers
May 19, 2008
This 44 minute podcast features a keynote address by Jeffrey S. Lehman , Former President of Cornell University. His speech, " American Higher Education Is Going Global: Implications for…
- Podcast: The FTC as an Educational Partner in Improving Data Security and Privacy
May 19, 2008
This 38 minute podcast features a keynote address by Mary Beth Richards , Deputy Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection for the Federal Trade Commission. Her speech, " The FTC as …
- Podcast: The State of the Internet According to the Congressional Internet Caucus
May 16, 2008
This hour and ten minute podcast features the panel discussion, " The State of the Internet According to the Congressional Internet Caucus ", recorded at the EDUCAUSE 2008 Policy Conf…
- CNI Podcast: An Interview with Duane Webster, Executive Director of the Association of Research Libraries
April 28, 2008
This 26 minute podcast features an interview with Duane Webster , Executive Director of the Association of Research Libraries . Our conversation was recorded at the CNI 2008 Spring Task For…
- Podcast: Don't Download This Panel - A Discussion of Peer-to-Peer Filesharing
April 22, 2008
This podcast features a panel discussion of peer-to-peer filesharing. It was recorded at the EDUCAUSE 2008 Western Regional Conference, and is entitled, " Don't Download This Panel &q…
- EDUCAUSE Live! Podcast: Update on Key U.S. Copyright Developments
March 27, 2008
In this EDUCAUSE Live! podcast, join host, Steve Worona , for the topic " Update on Key U.S. Copyright Developments ". Steve's guest is James G. Neal , Vice President f…
- EDUCAUSE Now - Show #1 - Premiere Episode
March 13, 2008
Welcome to the premiere episode of EDUCAUSE Now ! EDUCAUSE Now is a monthly podcast, focusing on the intelligent use of information technology in higher education. Each episode features…
- EDUCAUSE Podcast: Washington Update with EDUCAUSE Vice President Mark Luker
February 25, 2008
In this 50 minute podcast we feature a keynote speech by Mark Luker , Vice President of EDUCAUSE. The speech was delivered at the EDUCAUSE 2008 Southwest Regional Conference in Houston, Texas,…