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.

U Georgia Nears $2 million Mark in OER Savings

The University of Georgia estimated that it has saved students $2 million through the adoption of open educational resources since 2013.

WebAssign Adds 7 New Math Texts

WebAssign, a provider of online instructional tools, has released seven new mathematics titles to the library of textbooks it supports.

ProQuest SIPX Adds Features for Easier Creation and Sharing of Digital Course Materials

ProQuest has launched new capabilities in its SIPX digital course materials products designed to make it easier for faculty to create and share digital content.

U Wisconsin Stout Gets Grant for Open Textbook Pilot

The University of Wisconsin-Stout is undertaking a new project to embed open textbooks and other resources into courses.

Affordable Learning at Scale With OER

Open educational resources free students and faculty from the tyranny of the textbook. Here's how to encourage large-scale adoption.

Open Textbook Network Saves Students $1.5 Million, Inspires OER Senate Bill

A bill introduced in the United States Senate this month would encourage colleges and universities to try out open educational resources (OER) by funding pilot programs. One of the sponsors of Senate Bill 2176 was Al Franken, senator from the state of Minnesota, where the University of Minnesota's Center for Open Education recently announced that its Open Textbook Network has saved students an estimated $1.5 million in textbook costs.

U Missouri Program Connects Students to Digital Course Materials

The University of Missouri System is partnering with Pearson on a digital delivery program aimed at giving students easier access to course content and better preparing them for the first day of class.

BbookX: a tool that lets teachers creat open textbooks using free OER

Penn State Technology Allows Faculty and Students to Build Their Own Textbooks from OER

Penn State researchers have been piloting a technology that allows faculty (and students) to build e-textbooks algorithmically using keywords to gather together materials from open resources.

ASU Adopts Cloud Service to Make Low-Cost Course Materials Available to Students

Arizona State University has signed a three-year agreement with ProQuest SIPX, which will supply a self-service, cloud-based interface that allows instructors to set up course readings using all available library and open source materials.

Cal State San Bernardino Students Test Free Movie and Music Download

Cal State San Bernardino's library will be the first academic library to pilot a streaming content service that lets students stream or download movies, music and audiobooks using their student IDs.