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E-Books in Higher Education: Nearing the End of the Era of Hype?

Tuesday, January 8, 2008


This ECAR research bulletin examines the hype and the reality of e-books in higher education. Some experts predict that 2007-2009 will be transition years for the higher education e-book market, with large growth expected in both digital textbooks and digital library collections. Publishers and campuses alike are exploring the use of e-books and other forms of digital content. Are we approaching the tipping point in e-book usage on college campuses from occasional oddity to a mainstream technology?

Citation for this work: Nelson, Mark, R. "E-Books in Higher Education: Nearing the End of the Era of Hype?" (Research Bulletin, Issue 1). Boulder, CO: EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research, 2008, available from

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