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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
- CNI Podcast: An Interview with Jim Neal, VP for Information Services and University Librarian, Columbia University
January 9, 2008
In this 20 minute podcast, we feature an interview with Jim Neal , Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian at Columbia University. He provides leadership for universit…
- EDUCAUSE Live! Podcast: What Price Insularity? Reflections About Computer Security Failings.
January 7, 2008
In this EDUCAUSE Live! podcast, join host, Steve Worona , for the topic " What Price Insularity? Reflections About Computer Security Failings ". Steve's guest is Fred Sc…
- EDUCAUSE LIVE! PODCAST: Swiftboating Higher Education on P2P
December 20, 2007
In this EDUCAUSE Live! podcast, join host, Steve Worona , for the topic " Swiftboating Higher Education on P2P: Why Higher Education Is Not the Real Problem, and Technology Is Not th…
- E07 Podcast: Researching P2P Activity - What Students Say Versus What They Really Do
November 27, 2007
This 36-minute podcast recorded during the EDUCAUSE 2007 Annual Conference features Warren S. Arbogast , President, Boulder Management Group, LLC, Cheryl Asper Elzy , Dean, University Libra…
- E07 Podcast: What Can You Do? The Rest of the Copyright Story
November 27, 2007
This 44-minute podcast recorded during the EDUCAUSE 2007 Annual Conference features Peggy Hoon , Special Assistant to the Provost for Copyright Administration, North Carolina State University,…
- E07 Podcast: An Interview with Susie Quartey
November 26, 2007
In this 13-minute podcast, we feature an interview with Susie Quartey , Associate Director-Copyright Licensing Office, Brigham Young University. She discusses the current copyright issues high…
- E07 Podcast: An Interview with Heather Gordon
November 12, 2007
In this 12-minute podcast, we feature a phone interview with Heather Gordon , Director, Information Services and University Librarian, James Cook University . She discusses the University'…
- E07 Podcast: An Interview with Bruce Schneier
November 1, 2007
The attached recording provides coverage of a 14 minute interview with BT Counterpane's Bruce Schneier . Listen in as he shares some insightful words about privacy along with interesting …
- E07 Podcast: An Interview with Charlene Nunley
November 1, 2007
In this 12 minute recording, we'll hear from the Charlene Nunley , President Emertia of Montgomery College. Listen in as she provides some observations from her three decades of work with…
- Podcast: Key Sessions in Policy and Security at the EDUCAUSE 2007 Annual Conference
October 4, 2007
This 11 minute podcast features a preview of the Policy and Security issues and sessions at the EDUCAUSE 2007 Annual Conference with insights from Mark Luker , Vice President of EDUCAUSE a…