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Open Educational Resources: OER: Open Textbooks

What is an Open Textbook?

Open textbooks that are books that are freely available to download, modify or print, usually through a Creative Commons license.

Open textbooks are free to students; there is a small charge for a printed copy.  A downloaded copy of an open digital textbook can be kept forever, rather than expiring at the end of the semester (as digital textbooks from publishers do).  Publishers charge for their digital textbooks, sometimes as much as the printed copy.

Many students would rather have a print textbook than an online textbook.  OER texts can be printed and sold in the bookstore for a much lower cost (less than $50 each).

Where Can I Find Open Textbooks?