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Open Textbooks

Links for Open Textbooks

As the cost of textbooks continues to rise, an increasing number of educators and students are looking at open textbooks and other open educational resources (OER) as an option. This section includes links to open textbook libraries and OER repositories.

There have been two open textbooks created and adapted at the University of Saskatchewan already, and four more are in production. As they are completed, you can find them in our open textbook library. You can also see the list of all open textbooks being used at USask at this time.

During the 2020-2021 academic year, at least 9,000 students in six colleges and schools at USask are using open textbooks instead of commercial textbooks, saving them approximately $800,000Students have saved more than $2.5 million since USask launched the open textbook initiative during the 2014-2015 academic year.

USask Open Textbooks

https://openpress.usask.ca/

Managed by the Distance Education Unit (DEU) at the University of Saskatchewan. Please contact open.press@usask.ca for information about starting an open textbook project using our Pressbooks™ publishing platform today.

BC Campus Open Textbook Project

https://open.bccampus.ca/

The BCcampus Open Textbook Project from British Columbia currently lists more than 150 open textbooks in twenty-four disciplines including Accounting, Biology, Chemistry, English, Math, and Psychology. Textbooks listed can be used by anyone free-of-charge (digital versions) and instructors are free to make any modifications they wish to the text, as long a they attribute the source and, in turn, make available the revised work with an open license. Texts available through this site go through a peer review process.

OpenStax College

https://cnx.org/

OpenStax College is a nonprofit organization committed to improving student access to quality learning materials. Free textbooks are developed and peer-reviewed by educators to ensure they are readable, accurate, and meet the scope and sequence requirements of your course. Through partnerships with companies and foundations committed to reducing costs for students, OpenStax College is working to improve access to higher education for all. OpenStax College is an initiative of Rice University and is made possible through the generous support of several philanthropic foundations.

Milne Open Textbooks

https://milneopentextbooks.org/

Milne Library Publishing at SUNY Geneseo manages and maintains Milne Open Textbooks, a catalog of open textbooks authored and peer-reviewed by SUNY faculty and staff.

Open Textbook Library

https://open.umn.edu/opentextbooks/

Open Textbook Library is a tool to help instructors find affordable, quality textbook solutions. All textbooks in this library are complete and openly licensed.

Pressbooks Directory

https://pressbooks.directory/

Instructors, librarians, administrators, and even students can search thousands public books created on the Pressbooks Authoring & Editing Platform. The Directory includes public domain literature, CC BY open textbooks, and a vast variety of open educational resources (OER) published all along the license spectrum. More resources are added every day as Pressbooks users continue to do the good work of open education.

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