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Open Textbooks: Finding open textbooks

Information about open textbooks, one type of open educational resource.

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How can I find open textbooks?

These resources hold open textbooks and other open educational resources.  Not all are free of cost to students.  There is some overlap of resources among the collections below.  Some also provide tools for creating your own open educational resources.

  • Open Textbook Library A repository of open textbooks at the University of Minnesota. All are "openly licensed, complete, suitable for adoption outside the author's institution and available in print."
  • Affordable Learning Louisiana Find Textbooks From the LOUIS statewide consortium of Louisiana academic libraries. 
  • AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository The name belies the subjects covered, which include music, art, philosophy, and more.
  • Boundless Open Textbooks.  $19.95 per book. 
  • Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources "Our mission is expanding access to education by promoting awareness and adoption of Open Educational Resources (OER)." Over 200 member institutions. Over 750 textbooks as of May 2015.
  • College Open Textbooks. "The College Open Textbooks Collaborative, a collection of twenty-nine educational non-profit and for-profit organizations, affiliated with more than 200 colleges, is focused on driving awareness and adoptions of open textbooks to more than 2000 community and other two-year colleges."
  • Cool4ED California State University and University of California open educational resource and textbook service.  
  • Flat World Knowledge A commercial supplier of inexpensive online and print textbooks.
  • Global Text Project books From the University of Georgia.
  • MERLOT II the Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching. "MERLOT is a free and open online community of resources designed primarily for faculty, staff and students of higher education from around the world to share their learning materials and pedagogy. MERLOT is a leading edge, user-centered, collection of peer reviewed higher education, online learning materials, catalogued by registered members and a set of faculty development support services."
  • OER Commons textbooks and tools to create textbooks
  • Open Access Textbooks Websites a list of sites
  • Open Textbook Library A repository of open textbooks at the University of Minnesota. All are "openly licensed, complete, suitable for adoption outside the author's institution and available in print."
  • Open Course Library from the Washington State State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.
  • Open.Michigan "Open.Michigan is a University of Michigan initiative that enables faculty, students, and others to share their educational resources and research with the global learning community."
  • Open SUNY Textbooks "Open SUNY Textbooks is an open access textbook publishing initiative established by State University of New York libraries and supported by SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology Grants."
  • OpenStax CNS "...a place to view and share educational material made of small knowledge chunks called modules that can be organized as courses, books, reports, etc." At Rice University.
  • OpenStax College at Rice University
  • Orange Grove Texts Plus "is a joint initiative of the University Press of Florida  and The Orange Grove, Florida’s Digital Repository. "
  • Teaching Commons All types of open education resources (OERs) including textbooks
  • WikiBooks

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