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Nearly 10,000 Indiana University students are using digital textbooks

Nearly 10,000 Indiana University students are using digital textbooks (eTexts) this spring semester as part of IU's pioneering eTexts initiative. eTexts let students study with leading textbooks or faculty-edited course packs on just about any computer, tablet or smartphone.

Nearly 10,000 Indiana University students are using digital textbooks (eTexts) this spring semester as part of IU's pioneering eTexts initiative. eTexts let students study with leading textbooks or faculty-edited course packs on just about any computer, tablet or smartphone.

"IU has long saved students money by negotiating favorable pricing for software, and it is a natural to negotiate favorable pricing for digital textbooks to reduce the costs of attendance," said Brad Wheeler, IU vice president for information technology and CIO. "As consumer devices continue to improve, we have worked closely with faculty, students and publishers to set a win-win path for digital content."

IU's eTexts initiative began with pilots in 2009, and is now in its third full semester. In the last year, the number of participating course sections and students has doubled. The model is now being piloted and expanded at other institutions.