Establishing an Institutional E-Book Program: A Case Study for Change
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The origins, details, and evolution of an institutional e-text program are discussed. The program was one of the first and continues to be one of the largest, multi-publisher, institutional e-text programs – at a public university – in the United States. The program began in 2010 from a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education FIPSE agency. The success of the program led to the institutionalization of the program in 2012. The main emphasis and goals of the program are to keep the cost of textbooks to less than 10% of tuition and fees and to ensure that academic freedom rests with the faculty, students will receive their required e-texts by the first day of class, and students will have an option to purchase a printed copy of their e-texts. Today, the university’s e-textbook program issues more than 25,000 e-textbooks to students to 47% of the courses on the university’s class schedule. It is estimated that students save about $3.5 million per year over the cost of traditional textbooks. Details about the program are included as well as information about lessons learned.