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Open textbooks are materials that are freely available, usually through a Creative Commons license, to download, modify, and print in various formats.
Why should faculty adopt an open textbook?
Open textbooks are more affordable than commercially available textbooks and enable student education budgets to stretch further, giving students greater flexibility in their education choices. Faculty can readily customize open textbooks to better meet their local teaching and learning needs. Lastly, open textbooks provide pricing, flexibility and customization advantages that commercially available textbooks currently do not provide.
Initiated by Rice University, their free textbooks are developed and peer-reviewed to ensure they meet the scope and sequence requirements of college courses.
Galileo - University System of Georgia - Open Textbooks
This repository is an initiative of GALILEO and the University System of Georgia. GALILEO Open Learning Materials brings together open educational resources throughout the University System of Georgia. Each document in GALILEO Open Learning Materials is classified by its Creative Commons license. This link is takes you to the open textbooks that can be searched by course number, course title, discipline, and Creative Commons license.
Collection of freely available open textbooks for download, online reading, and sharing.
State University of New York (SUNY) Open Textbooks
With the initiative of the SUNY Libraries, Open SUNY Textbooks publishes high-quality, peer-reviewed textbooks for use in higher education.
Open Textbook Library
Created by the University of Minnesota to support development of high-quality open textbooks in various subjects.
BC Campus OpenEd
Open textbooks for the 40 highest enrolled first- and second-year subject areas in the British Columbia's public, post-secondary system.
OpenTextBookStore was created by educators frustrated with the time involved in finding adoptable open textbooks, with the hope to make open textbook adoption easier for other faculty.
The Directory of OpenAccess Books
This site is a clearinghouse of links to books hosted in various locations, and includes a large selection of international textbooks.
MERLOT Open Textbook
Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT) is a curated resource of free and online textbooks for use in teaching and learning.
Global Text Project
Joint venture between the University of Georgia and University of Denver business schools. Provides a free library of thousands of texts on various topics.
Open Access Publishing in European Networks
The OAPEN Library contains freely accessible academic books, mainly in the area of Humanities and Social Sciences. OAPEN has books in multiple languages and covering a large variety of topics.
HathiTrust is a partnership of academic & research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world. HathiTrust materials can be searched through the OU Libraries.
Open-content textbooks collection that anyone can edit.
All Libretexts libraries are accessible to everyone via the internet, completely free. We believe everyone should have access to knowledge
Research on Open Textbook Adoption Efficacy