January 26, 2022

E-Book/Textbook Pilot Project Underway at Five U.S. Universities

From The Cavalier Daily (U. of Virginia):

“More than 400 University students in eight different courses will use free e-books this semester as part of a pilot program taking place in four other universities across the country.”

“The initiative, sponsored by Internet2, McGraw-Hill and the Courseload eText Pilot Trail Pack, aims to provide students with convenient and cost-effective access to textbooks.

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Five Participating Universities

  • Cornell U.
  • The Ohio State U.
  • U of California, Berkley
  • U. of Virginia
  • U. of Wisconsin

See Also: Internet2, McGraw-Hill, Courseload, and Five Universities Implement eText Pilot in Spring 2012

The pilot, which is based on Indiana University’s eText model (http://etexts.iu.edu), provides a timely and simple way for universities to quickly assess a new model for digital course materials. While an increasing number of eTexts are already available at retail prices, eTexts can cost less when institutions negotiate attractive volume price deals to dramatically reduce costs to students while efficiently paying authors and publishers fairly for each use of their digital work.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.