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What are open textbooks?
Open textbooks are OER compiled as textbooks that are typically authored by faculty and published on the web with the support of universities or commercial companies. Open textbooks are usually governed by Creative Commons licenses that allow users to read online, download, or print the book at no additional cost.
Open textbook permissions
The baseline permissions allow the users of open textbooks
to do the following:
- to use the textbook without compensating the author
- to copy the textbook, with appropriate credit to the author
- to distribute the textbook non-commercially
- to shift the textbook into another format (such as digital or print)
Some authors also grant additional rights such as:
- to add, remove or alter content in the textbook, often on the condition that derivative works must have the same license
- to copy and distribute the textbook without giving credit to the author
- to use the textbook commercially
Open textbook collections
A Canadian repository of open textbooks
Developed and peer-reviewed by educators. Available in multiple formats with the latest technology-based learning tools. Licensed to be revised and remixed by educators who want create a custom solution for a course.
Open SUNY Textbooks
An open access textbook publishing initiative established by State University of New York Libraries
Open Textbook Library
A curated collection with faculty reviews. Supported by the Center for Open Education and the Open Textbook Network. Provides reviews and ranking.
Textbooks and other learning materials created by faculty authors and curated by university and college libraries
Saylor Academy Open Textbooks
A collection of freely available open textbooks for using, keeping, revising, and sharing under open licenses
A collection of open-content textbooks that users can copy or modify freely, without asking for permission