While forward-thinking educators, parents and chiropractors have long called for an alternative to the textbook-laden backpack, schools have been slow to consider such a radical notion. Is all that about to change? Our nation’s current fiscal crisis, combined with major shifts in the way we access and process information, is bringing the subject to the fore. Digital textbook alternatives range from “print on demand” to electronic textbooks or e-books. This monograph, part of the 2009 CoSN Compendium, offers quotes and examples from education leaders from many parts of the country; a report by Dr. Geoffrey Fletcher, currently with the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), on the findings of the Congress on the Future of Content; suggestions from Forsyth County (GA)’s Bailey Mitchell about how the content delivery system of the future might evolve; and information on open-content textbook alternatives in use in several states and districts.This is a members-only publication and can only be downloaded and viewed by current members of CoSN.