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ERIC Number: EJ826191
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1527-6619
Course Correction: Executive Summary
Allen, Nicole
EDUCAUSE Review, v44 n1 p19-20 Jan-Feb 2009
Textbooks are an essential, but increasingly expensive part of obtaining a college degree. Digital textbooks are a promising way to lower costs for students. The digital format has the potential to cut production costs, increase options for students, and open up the market to more competition. Digital textbooks are now beginning to gain a more prominent position in the textbooks marketplace, making it a critical time to ensure that they are on the right track. This article presents findings from a study conducted by the Student Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs) to determine how digital textbooks can live up to their potential as a solution. Through a survey of 504 students from Oregon and Illinois and 50 commonly assigned textbook titles, the researchers confirm three fundamental criteria--affordability, printing options, and accessibility. They found that publishers' digital "e-textbooks" fail to meet these criteria, and that an emerging form of digital textbooks--open textbooks--are a perfect match.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois; Oregon