Publication Details

Pepper, A. & Johnstone, M. 2016, 'A textbook example: the academic library and Cengage Learning eTextbook pilot', VALA2016: libraries, technology and the future, VALA, Australia, pp. 1-32.


This paper shares both publisher and library perspectives and findings from a 2014/2015 Cengage-Learning eTextbook pilot project, an Australia and New Zealand first for institutional elending and region-specific eTextbooks for the academic library. In mid-2014, seven eTextbooks were released via established aggregator platform, EBL, with a three-concurrent-user model. An additional twenty titles were added for first semester 2015. Preliminary results are presented in this paper. The benefits of integrating and experiencing eTexts in new Teaching and Learning paradigms has yet to be fully realised across stakeholders, posing both risk and opportunity for both library and publisher.