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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
- Deep packet inspection meets 'Net neutrality, CALEA
July 25, 2007
"Imagine a device that sits inline in a major ISP's network and can throttle P2P traffic at differing levels depending on the time of day. Imagine a device that allows one user access o…
- MPAA: Net neutrality could hurt antipiracy tech
July 20, 2007
"Hollywood hasn't decided what it thinks about the whole "Net neutrality" debate, but it knows one thing: Any rules that would stunt roll-out of the next new whiz-bang filteri…
- FTC Nixes Net Neutrality
July 2, 2007
Consumers Should Trust the Marketplace, Regulators Purr. Consumers Should Trust the Marketplace, Regulators Purr. …
- Mapping the Fault Lines in Telecomm, Media, and Tech Lobbying
June 11, 2007
The digital convergence of telecommunications, media, and technology is changing the landscape for policy makers and the industries that lobby them, as well as the users of computers, telephones,…
- CALEA: It doesn't apply to universities and libraries after all
May 17, 2007
"Back in 2005-2006, when CALEA (the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act) was being expanded to cover broadband providers and VoIP companies, libraries and universities raised a…
- New Coalition Touts National Broadband Policy
January 1, 2007
"A broad coalition of some of the Internet's leading brand names, public advocacy groups and grassroots organizations called on Congress today to immediately adopt a national broadband po…
- EDUCAUSE signs on to 700 MHz Comments to the FCC
January 1, 2007
As part of the Ad Hoc Public Interest Spectrum Coalition, EDUCAUSE signed on to comments submitted to the FCC regarding the auction rules for the 700 MHz spectrum. This valuable spectrum is expecte…
- State Legislative Tracking Chart
January 1, 2007
The EDUCAUSE State Legislative Tracking Chart for the year 2007. This tracking chart focuses mainly on telecommunications issues at the state level. Th…
- Net Neutrality in Practice: What Would It Look Like?
May 16, 2007
In an effort to move the net neutrality debate from rhetoric to realistic compromise, a group of telecommunications attorneys and Internet technologists from industry and the nonprofit sector have …
- New Life for Network Neutrality
January 1, 2007
© 2007 Mark Luker EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 42, no. 3 (May/June 2007): 88 New Life for Network Neutrality Mark Luker Mark Luker, Vice President of EDUCAUSE, heads the Policy O…