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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
- Wireless Wiretapping
January 1, 2005
The article discusses various communities, including the private industry's objection to CALEA. The article discusses various communities, includi…
- EDUCAUSE Releases Statement on FCC Vote Against Comcast
August 1, 2008
Statement on FCC's Vote on Comcast's Network Management Practices: "EDUCAUSE applauds the FCC for exercising its responsibility to ensure that the Internet remains open and acce…
- A Reinterpretation of CALEA
January 1, 2005
© 2005 Wendy Wigen EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 40, no. 2 (March/April 2005): 60–71. Wendy Wigen is a policy analyst with EDUCAUSE. Comments on this article can be sent to the author …
- Congress Fails to Act on Copyright Bills
January 1, 2004
Controversial bills proposed new penalties (including jail time) for copyright violations. Controversial bills proposed new penalties (including jail t…
- CALEA panel
January 1, 2004
CALEA is the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act, initially passed in 1994. Under CALEA, providers of commercial voice services are required to engineer their networks in such a way a…
- Higher Education Coalition Comments Filed with the FCC Regarding CALEA and Internet Service Providers
January 1, 2004
A coalition of higher education and library associations recently filed a comment with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) opposing a Department of Justice attempt to bring all broadband ac…
- Interconnecting Worlds
January 1, 2002
The author discusses how two separate activities in higher education, information technology and federal policy (USA Patriot Act and SEVIS), are slowly becoming involved with one another. …
- What's Policy Got to Do with IT?
January 1, 2002
The author discusses IT policy on the state and national levels and how those policy decisions effect higher education. The author discusses IT policy …
- Getting Back to the Front of the Line: Internet Policy and the Higher Education Community
January 1, 2000
This article discusses the increased importance of information technology and the Internet in federal policy. Copyright, online gambling, and the role of universities as Internet service providers…
- Managing the Campus Internet Explosion
January 1, 1999
The Internet, in its rebirth as the World Wide Web, entered the campus environment with great rapidity and little forewarning. The rapidity of adoption by students caused many academic institution…