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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
- 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 Robert Mendenhall
November 1, 2007
In this 16 minute recording, we'll hear from the President and CEO of Western Governors University, Robert Mendenhall . Listen in as he shares some thoughts on his particpation in a pa…
- 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…
- EDUCAUSE LIVE! Podcast: Lessons Learned on the Road to PCI Compliance
September 12, 2007
In this E-LIVE podcast, your host, Steve Worona , is be joined by two guests for the topic " Lessons Learned on the Road to PCI Compliance ." His guests include: Mark Welch ,…
- EDUCAUSE LIVE! Podcast: Working Effectively with Law Enforcement: How to Protect the Privacy of Your University Community Withou
September 11, 2007
From August, 2007, your host, Steve Worona , is joined by Michael Corn , Director of Security Services and Information Privacy for the Office of the CIO at the University of Illinois at Urb…
- Podcast: The Disruptive Nature of Technology - Jon Udell
August 27, 2007
This hour and five minute long podcast features a session from the Seminars on Academic Computing Conference by Jon Udell , Evangelist of Microsoft Corporation. Mr. Udell is an author, informa…
- Podcast: Privacy and Security in Higher Education: Filling the Policy Vacuum
August 13, 2007
In this hour and ten minute long podcast from the 2007 Seminars on Academic Computing , we hear from Fred H. Cate , Distinguished Professor at the School of Law and Director of the Center f…