Electronic Textbooks

E-books are being widely adopted as alternatives to traditional textbooks. Here you'll find articles detailing new developments in the area of e-book and e-textbook technologies, along with stories about institutions adopting them.


Gale Adds Nearly 700 STEM Titles to Virtual Reference Library

Gale will add approximately 750 new books focused on STEM, healthcare and K-12 topics to its e-book platform, Gale Virtual Reference Library, as a result of signing four new publishers.

Plymouth U To Provide 30,000 E-Textbooks to Its Students

In the largest e-textbook program ever undertaken in the United Kingdom, Plymouth University is rolling out more than 30,000 e-textbooks to students institution-wide.

Elsevier Adding Classic Science and Humanties Ebooks to Legacy Collection

Elsevier is releasing a slate of new ebooks to its Legacy collection on ScienceDirect in five new areas, including arts and STEM, as well as new materials in a variety of existing categories.

Pearson Intros New Digital Texts for General Studies Courses

Pearson has launched a new digital text and learning tool, called REVEL, as a replacement to its current print textbooks and online learning tools for general studies courses in subjects like Psychology and Sociology.

Tennessee College To Offer All Biology Course Materials Via Mobile Devices

This semester, biology students at Walters State Community College will be able to access all course materials in digital form.

Survey: Digital Textbooks Gaining Esteem in Student Eyes

Digital textbooks are becoming a bigger part of the vernacular in higher education. A recent survey showed that slightly more than three out of five students use interactive textbooks with features that include video, audio and quizzes; more than two out of five students work in courses that use apps, social media and online productivity tools; and one out of three students has attended flipped classrooms in which they watch video lectures before heading to class.

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5 Myths About Open Educational Resources

CT debunks the top five OER misconceptions.

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6 Tips for Using Open Educational Resources

Six expert tips for using OER in the classroom.

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6 Arguments for OER (and 1 Against)

Six good reasons to use open educational resources in the classroom, plus one caveat.

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Complete Guide to Open Educational Resources

Low-cost, high-quality textbooks may once have been a myth, but no longer: Open educational resources provide a wide variety of free learning content for practically any subject. CT asked three OER enthusiasts for their favorite tips and tools.