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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.
Library Items on this Topic
EDUCAUSE Library Items for E-Textbooks
- Faculty Professional Development for Academic Technology in the CSU
January 1, 2005
California State University plan for Faculty Professional Development and Academic Technology. California State University plan for Faculty Professiona…
- Faculty Development Committee Strategic Plan
January 1, 2005
Strategic Plan for the Faculty Development Committee for California Community Colleges. Strategic Plan for the Faculty Development Committee for Califo…
- Miami University Information Technology Tactical Plan
March 29, 2009
This is the Information Technology Tactical Plan for Miami University. This project was Miami University's resulted in the approval of Miami's first IT strategic plan. The project invol…
- Technology Standards
January 1, 2004
Telecommunication and other inInfrastructure Standards for California State University. Telecommunication and other inInfrastructure Standards for Cali…
- Strategic Planning
December 15, 2008
Mt. Hood Community College's Information Technology Strategic Planning page. Includes 2009-2012 strategic plan, planning council, goals and priorities. …
- Illinois State University Campus Technology Strategtic Plan, Policy and Planning Council
July 1, 2011
Strategic technology planning and policy documents for Illinois State University. Includes the IT Strategic Plan 2011-2013. Strategic technology …
- Information Resources and Technology Strategic Plan 2006/07
December 28, 2005
The California State University, San Bernardino's Information Resources and Technology Strategic Plan for the years 2006 to 2007. The Califo…
- Queensborough Community College Technology Plan, 2011-2015
November 16, 2011
This the Queensborough Community College Technology Plan, 2011-2015 This the Queensborough Community College Technology Plan, 2011-2015 …
- Information Services Strategic Priorities 2007-2008
January 4, 2007
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln's IS Strategic Priorities 2007-2008. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln's IS Strategic Priorities 20…
- Information Technology Services 2007-2012 Strategic Planning Framework
January 1, 2007
Information Technology Services 2007-2012 Strategic Planning Framework - Case Western Reserve University. Information Technology Services 2007-20…