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.


Pilot Program Finds Cost Is the Primary Factor Behind E-Textbook Adoption

Cost is the main reason why colleges and universities are shifting from paper to electronic textbooks, according to a new report from the Educause Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR). Other motivating factors behind e-textbook adoption include availability, portability, functionality, and innovation.

Overcoming the Barriers to eText Adoption--Higher Education's Initiatives to Tame the Digital Content Tiger

The conversion from printed instructional content to digital content is inevitable. Just as the music industry progressed from vinyl to tape to CD and now to digital formats, so progresses the instructional content industry. With any change comes some level of resistance, doubt, and barriers to progress. The conversion from printed to digital content is no exception. Here, we'll propose initiatives to overcome these barriers.

Apple Found Guilty of E-Book Price Fixing

A federal judge at the Southern District of New York court has found Apple guilty of violating United States antitrust laws and colluding with five book publishing companies to inflate e-book prices. The three-week trial concluded June 20, and the judge issued the ruling July 9. The tech giant plans to appeal.

Blackboard Set To Test-Drive e-Textbook Integration

Blackboard has collaborated with Vital Source Technologies to launch a pilot program to test e-textbook integration with its Blackboard Learn learning management system.

The Rise of eText

A discussion of eText and how higher education institutions can prepare for a shift from print to digital course materials and textbooks.

Coursera, Chegg Partner To Provide Free Textbooks

Massive open online course provider Coursera has partnered with Chegg to launch a pilot program that will provide Coursera students free electronic versions of textbooks from Cengage Learning, Macmillan Higher Education, Oxford University Press, Sage, and Wiley.

Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne Expanding Use of Pre-Paid Course Material Plan

Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne said it was expanding a digital textbook test program being delivered by the company that operates its campus bookstore.

Ball State Works with Courseload To Expand Faculty Adoption of Digital Content

Ball State University will be promoting greater use of digital course materials among faculty members and students following completion of an e-textbook pilot.

Strategic Mobilization: A Model for the Future

Recognizing mobile technology's ubiquity and reach into students' lives, its rapid technical evolution, and its unique transformative potential for education, the Tennessee Board of Regents has included mobilization as an important part of its strategic plan. As Associate Vice Chancellor for Mobilization and Emerging Technology, Robbie Melton oversees mobilization strategies and initiatives for TBR. Here, Melton shares how she works to build and extend TBR's model for strategic mobilization.

Rutgers University Press Takes Introductory Physics Text Online

Rutgers University Press has inked a deal with an online instruction tools provider to support online homework and assessments for its new introductory physics textbook.