Category Archives: e-textbooks

Help and guidance for universities looking to publish their own e-textbooks

This blog post was written by Graham Stone, Jisc Collections Senior Research Manager, and Mafalda Marques, Jisc Collections Research Analyst. As a final output of the Institution as e-textbook publisher project, we have created a toolkit to provide practical help and support to universities wishing to start or that are already in their initial stages of e-textbook … Read more

Examining Kindle Direct Publishing distribution route as the choice for publication of academic materials

This blog post was written by Laurence Patterson. The eTIPS project, sponsored by Jisc, is a collaboration between The University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI), and Edinburgh Napier University (ENU). eTIPS saw two eTextbooks authored, formatted, and completed by academics and others. The two eTIPS eTexts published offer universal interest for undergraduates and postgraduates, … Read more

The transition from staff to student publishing

This blog post was written by Scott Connor, Educational Development Unit, University of the Highlands and Islands. In creating our first two etextbooks; ‘How to write a research dissertation’ and ‘Undertaking your research project’, we designed a workstream based on existing processes gained from our well-established digital content development unit. This worked well for us … Read more

Embedding Using Primary Sources in the Liverpool Curriculum

This blog post was written by Emma Thompson, Education Lead, University of Liverpool Library. Using Primary Sources (UPS) was published 18 months ago, and we now have one full academic year of usage. Where did that time go? During the 2017/18 academic year Using Primary Sources has been established as key reading here in Liverpool … Read more

Institution as e-textbook publisher toolkit launch event

        The Jisc Institution as e-textbook publisher project was a four-year project investigating the viability of higher education institutions publishing their own e-textbooks. The overall objective of the programme, which started in 2014, was to assess whether the textbooks that have been created provide: A more affordable higher education for students Better … Read more

Author motivation workshop for academic institutions – June 2018

Jisc’s Institution as e-textbook publisher project, developed in direct response to the unsustainable models and high price of e-textbooks being made available to institutions, has been exploring alternative ways to create learning materials for students. As the next stage in this work, we’ve been exploring why authors choose to publish textbooks and other learning resources, and how … Read more

Author motivation workshop for authors – June 2018

Jisc’s Institution as e-textbook publisher project, developed in direct response to the unsustainable models and high price of e-textbooks being made available to institutions, has been exploring alternative ways to create learning materials for students. As the next stage in this work, we are running a research project to understand why authors choose to publish … Read more

The eTIPS companion websites – supporting learning and teaching through institutionally published work

Written by Laurence Patterson. The eTIPS project, sponsored by Jisc, is a collaboration between The University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI), and Edinburgh Napier University (ENU). eTIPS saw two eTextbooks authored, formatted, and completed by academics and others. The two eTIPS eTexts published offer universal interest for undergraduates and postgraduates, discussing student preparedness for … Read more