David W. Lewis
Assistant Vice President for Digital Scholarly Communication
This session will review Indiana University’s (IU) etext program. IU has signed agreements to dramatically reduce the costs of digital textbooks for students on all of its campuses. The agreements (with publishers John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; Bedford Freeman & Worth Publishing Group; W.W. Norton; and Flat World Knowledge) will provide students with substantial cost-savings, the ability to access digital or printed hard copies, and uninterrupted access to all of their etexts while they are a student at IU. Indiana-based company Courseload was selected to provide the software for students to read and annotate their etexts. The software integrates directly with IU’s Oncourse system and enables students to tag, search, collaborate as a study group, or view multimedia on any computer or mobile device. Additionally, faculty who opt to use the software will have the ability to integrate notes, links and annotations on students’ etexts.