Great article in the EduCause Quarterly “A Campus-Wide E-textbook Initiative.” Authors, Jon T. Rickman, Roger Von Holzen, Paul G. Klute, and Teri Tobin describes the process that Northwest Missouri State University followed to transition from a textbook rental program to an eTextbook rental program. eBook Readers, Laptops, and the NMSU implementation plan are discussed in detail.
The “key takeaways” from the article include:
- A typical college student spends up to $1,000 per year on textbooks, and many students don’t buy textbooks at all because they’re too expensive.
- E-textbooks can cost up to 50 percent less than standard textbooks while providing the foundation for integration of multiple learning resources into a single delivery system.
- E-textbooks and their enhanced interactive learning resources also have the potential to accelerate student learning.