E-Texts Being Used More and More at IU

Last spring, after several semesters of pilot studies and trial periods, IU launched its E-Text Initiative, a program that provides digital versions of textbooks that are available to students online. Professors can choose to provide an e-textbook for their course as an option, and it seems more and more are choosing to do so.

There are some great advantages to the e-text program, like...

  • MUCH cheaper (about 35% of the average price of a textbook)
  • You have access to the material for as long as you are enrolled as a student at IU (undergraduate AND graduate years)
  • You can access the material on many mobile devices and download it so you don't have to be connected to the Internet
  • It includes features to highlight and take notes, and also a setting that can allow you to share notes with your classmates/professor and see theirs as well
  • Print feature--if you are more hands-on, you can print off certain pages, your notes, or the whole book if you want. You can also request a paper version that is still usually cheaper than the original hardcopy would have been. 

However, like most changes, some IU faculty and students are having a tough time adjusting to digital learning. Some say it's harder to focus, and also that there's not sufficient training on how to utilize all of the features that the e-texts program offers.

I did a piece for WTIU News where I got to talk to the leader of the E-Text Initiative here, Nik Osborne, and I hope it provides more context to the situation. I think once students get the hang of e-texts and professors learn how to use them better in the classroom, they will be a great resource and an AWESOME way to cut costs for students. 

Check out the video if you're interested in learning more! 

About The Author
Rachel HartogJournalism Major, Class of 2014, Georgetown, IN

I am a journalism major and business minor and plan to graduate in May 2014. Some of my best experiences in life have been because of IU, including studying abroad, meeting great people, and having an awesome internship

After I graduate, I hope to get into the broadcast journalism field, either traveling as a field reporter or getting to cover local events. I'm still exploring what specific area interests me but am open to just about anything!

I am looking forward to sharing all of my experience and everything that makes IU such a great place to be on this blog!