What is it?

While fundamentally a digital copy of physical learning materials, this subset of the Ebook format leverages the benefits of technology to support the source’s intentions and enhance the learning experience. Benefits unique to e-textbooks include personalised learning, status tracking and interactive modules.

Why is it important?

Providing fundamental knowledge continues to be imperative, but the static physical format stands out in an increasingly connected learning experience. E-textbooks are versatile and provide functional advantages including search, personal highlighting, annotation, linking, accessibility for visually impaired students, and use of interactive media.

What to do next?

Many universities have begun the basic process of digitising course material. However, in order to support the high fidelity digital content that can supplement or replace textbooks, we need to provide robust and adaptive infrastructure as well as the tools required by academics to deliver these new types of student experience.