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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
- 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: 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…
- Podcast: Higher Education and Patent Reform: Pulled in Two Directions
June 29, 2007
This hour and fifteen-minute long podcast features a panel discussion entitled, " Higher Education and Patent Reform: Pulled in Two Directions ". Particpants include: Richard …
- Podcast: Identity Crisis: How Identification Is Overused and Misunderstood
June 28, 2007
This 41 minute podcast features a speech from the EDUCAUSE 2007 Policy Conference. The speech is by Jim Harper , Director of Information Policy Studies at The Cato Institute, and is titled, &q…
- Podcast: Net Neutrality in Practice: What Would It Look Like?
June 26, 2007
In this 48 minute podcast from the EDUCAUSE 2007 Policy Conference, we present a panel discussion, " Net Neutrality in Practice: What Would It Look Like? ". Panelists for this session…
- Podcast:: Security Breaches and Identity Theft
June 26, 2007
In this 55 minute podcast, we present a general session from the EDUCAUSE 2007 Policy Conference entitled, “ Security Breaches and Identity Theft ”. This is a panel discussion moderated by …
- Digital Entertainment on Campus: Old Lawsuits and New Business Models
June 20, 2007
In this hour-long podcast, we present a session from the EDUCAUSE 2007 Policy Conference entitled, " Digital Entertainment on Campus: Old Lawsuits and New Business Models ". This sess…
- 2007 Policy Conference: Why Higher Education Advocacy Matters on IT Policy
June 5, 2007
The closing keynote speech at the 2007 Educause Policy Conference was delivered by James X. Dempsey , Policy Director at the Center for Democracy and Technology in Washington, DC. The key conc…
- 2007 Policy Conference: Year In Review
June 5, 2007
The 2007 Policy Conference kicked off with a top-ten style list of Policy Issues currently facing higher education. This entertaining and insightful list was compiled and delivered by Tracy Mit…