Open Textbooks/Books

For a textbook to be considered open, it must be licensed in a way that grants a baseline set of rights to users that are less restrictive than its standard copyright. A license or list of permissions must be clearly stated by the author.

  • BC Campus OpenEd
    • a repository of open textbooks which are the byproduct of the BC Open Textbook Project. The project's goal is to make higher education more accessible through openly licensed textbooks.
  • Boundless
    • provides online educational resources for students and instructors with off-the-shelf and customizable content and resources
  • College Open Textbooks
    • a collaborative of educational organizations pushing the use of open textbooks to community and two-year colleges. Not only do they provide a repository of OER, but also provide training, mentoring and peer-review opportunities.
  • Flat World
    • provides online, college-level eTextbooks which can be customized to fit individual courses.
  • Lardbucket 2012 Book Archive
  • Lumen Learning
  • Open SUNY Textbooks
    • Established by the State University of New York libraries, Open SUNY Textbooks is "an open access publishing initiative," which relies on academics as authors and peer-reviewers to produce high-quality open texts available for adoption.
  • Open Textbook Library
    • Compiled by the Center for Open Education and College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota, the Open Textbook Library is a catalog of open, peer-reviewed textbooks.
  • OpenStax
    • a nonprofit developed at Rice University, allows instructors to review open textbooks freely online, and provides them with access to additional course materials like assignments and tests.
  • Project Gutenberg
    • provides free access to books which are no longer under copyright in the US. eBooks are available in a broad array of subjects.
  • Saylor Academy
    • not only provides open textbooks which are vetted and curated by Saylor, but also full course offerings. While licenses vary slightly from text to text, but try to make all resources as open as possible while creating and updating materials.
  • Wikibooks
    • Wikibooks is a site of instructional texts which are accessible by keyword search or subject. With a similar set up as Wikipedia, Wikibooks can be written by anyone, and are frequently update to include more current and accurate information. You will find completed, partial and in-development books.