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eText Examples

This section is meant to give some examples of eText that can be explored. There is a wide range of functionality available.

The most basic eText consists of downloadable PDF files such as the open eBooks available from AU Press. See for example Accessible Elements: Teaching Science Online and at a Distance or The Theory and Practice of Online Learning, 2nd ed.

Another variety of eText is essentially a website set up as a textbook. It is HTML based with internal/external hyperlinks to other webpages or other multimedia resources. This is an earlier style of eText that is more common for open resources. See for example “chem1 virtual textbook a reference text for General Chemistry” by Stephen Lower.

Newer eTexts are being designed with increasing functionality (e.g. annotation) and the ability to work online and offline on a variety of devices.

Updated January 23 2015 by Student & Academic Services

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