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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
- AN-MSI Strategic Plan
January 1, 2002
Advanced Networking with Minority-Serving Institutions is the premier collaborative initiative for Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) and their communities to create solutions that ensure they …
- AN-MSI Project Plan for Year Three
January 1, 2001
The NSF AN-MSI Project Plan for the 3rd year, 2002. The NSF AN-MSI Project Plan for the 3rd year, 2002. …
- NSF Advanced Networking Project with Minority-Serving Institutions (AN-MSI)
January 1, 1999
The original project plan for AN-MSI from 1999. The original project plan for AN-MSI from 1999. …
- Northern Arizona University Information Technology Strategic Plan 2012-2016â€ƒ
May 2, 2011
Northern Arizona University's information technology strategic plan, 2012-2016. Northern Arizona University's information technology …
- AN-MSI Menu of Services (Version 1.0)
January 1, 2000
Review of the Menu of Services developed for the AN-MSI project during the December 5, 2000, Committee Chairs Meeting in Washington, DC. This document is the first draft of services AN-MSI will p…
- LEAD's Current AN-MSI Evaluation Design: Dec 2000
January 1, 2000
This document is an updated version of the LEAD Center's evaluation design for the AN-MSI project, describing what they've done in the past 6 months and what they plan to do for the 6 m…
- Mainstream Network Model: Guidelines to Upgrading Campus Networks
January 1, 2002
This document presents a "mainstream network model" aimed at a medium sized college or university. It is intended to identify designs and issues for consideration by local planners when…
- It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's a ... Portal?
January 1, 2000
This article explains a campus portal strategy and why one is needed. This article explains a campus portal strategy and why one is needed. …
- A Roadmap to Service Excellence - The UW-Madison Information Technology (IT) Strategic Plan
February 25, 2009
A Roadmap to Service Excellence - The UW-Madison Information Technology (IT) Strategic Plan , February 2009. A Roadmap to Service Excellence…
- University of Arizona Information Technology Strategic Plan 2009 - 2013
March 25, 2011
The IT Strategic Plan for the University of Arizona for the years 2009-2013. The IT Strategic Plan for the University of Arizona for the years 20…