Open Education Week - Open Textbooks

Tue. Mar. 10, 2015

In honour of Open Education Week, the UW librarians are putting together a selection of free educational resources for you. Today, we're looking at free and open textbooks.

An open textbook is a textbook licensed under an open copyright license (such as Creative Commons), and made available online to be freely used by students, teachers and members of the public. Many open textbooks are distributed in either print, e-book, or audio formats that may be downloaded or purchased at little or no cost.

Part of the broader open education resources (OER) movement, open textbooks increasingly are seen as a solution to challenges with traditionally published textbooks, such as access and affordability concerns. They may also give faculty more control over their instructional resources.

You can learn more about Open Textbooks on the Library's Open Access Research Guide.

Some recent Open Textbook news:

Here is a list of places you can find open textbooks, about a wide range of topics.