Presentation given at the CNI fall 2012 membership meeting.
Faculty, students, authors, and publishers all have a stake in the evolution of textbooks. As texts and business models are transformed variously by online interactivity and open-source content, what are the implications for the stakeholders? EDUCAUSE and Internet2 have been collaborating on e-text pilots to explore some of these issues. In addition to assessing how e-texts are best used, the multi-campus pilots seek to test new models for financing, distributing, and using e-texts. This presentation discusses some of the policy issues involved, including licensing vs. sales, accessibility, affordability, rights, and privacy.