E-Textbooks Are Coming: Are We Ready?
Textbook options are expanding and the electronic text is poised to become prevalent in the college classroom. Cost pressures are driving this trend even as the academic value of e-textbooks has yet to be established. Limited research is available that examines the effectiveness of the e-textbook as a learning tool. This paper presents the results of a study that compares student performance in two sections of an online course, one using an e-textbook and the other using a paper-based text. No significant difference in student performance was found. However, until e-textbook format and features are standardized and business models generate sizable cost savings, e-textbook adoption is likely to evolve slowly.
Murray, Meg and Jorge Pérez. "E-Textbooks Are Coming: Are We Ready?" The Journal of Issues in Informing Science and Information Technology, 8 (2011): 49-60.
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