Online Learning Update

January 30, 2012

Learning Online Digital shift: e-books rising in popularity

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:10 am

By KATIE DAWSON, Indiana Daily Student

The Indiana University eText initiative has saved 5,300 IU students as much as $100,000 by allowing professors to select eTexts instead of traditional textbooks to teach in class. eTexts first became available for faculty to consider for classes in September 2011 but are now available for all classes to use this spring semester. After the IU fee model was developed to charge each student who takes a class using eTexts, an agreement was issued between five publishers to supply eTexts to these students. “Essentially what we’ve done is negotiate a very favorable pricing for students where the publisher drops the price substantially if each student pays for it when he or she takes the course,” Wheeler said. “So if the textbook is originally $100, you would often see an eText fee of $30 to $40.”

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