Open Books & Textbooks
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A (growing) guide to using Pressbooks for EDU publishing. By Zoe Wake Hyde
An introductory text about the Native peoples of North America (primarily the United States and Canada) presented from an anthropological perspective
A free and open, online, not-for-profit art history textbook with complete multimedia content from Khan Academy.
An astronomy learning tool, created by University of Arizona Astronomy professor Chris Impey, intended either as a supplement for classroom instruction or for informal learners wanting to know more about the subject.
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Developed by Professor Steve Margulis at UCLA, this free textbook provides a broad foundation in the topics of hydrologic science including: mass balance, basic atmospheric thermodynamics, radiation, atmospheric circulation, precipitation, snow, evapotranspiration, unsaturated flow and infiltration, groundwater, and runoff.
Stand up, Speak out: The Practice and Ethics of Public Speaking
Public Speaking: The Virtual Text
Communication in the Real World
The Seven Challenges Workbook
Business Communication for Success
A free, collaboratively built, open American history textbook designed for college-level history courses.
A federally funded collection of OER based at the University of Texas that offers primarily foreign language educational resources.
A collection of U.S. Government created public domain language eBooks and a/v resources for almost every language.
A collection of Creative Commons licensed eBooks on a variety of legal topics.
An open algebra textbook for one or two-semester undergraduate course in abstract algebra. Written by Thomas W. Judson, Robert A. Beezer of the University of Puget Sound.
an activity-driven text in a format that is freely accessible to students by Matthew Boelkins, David Austin, & Steven Schlicker of Grand Valley State University. Updated in August 2017.
A list of open textbooks that meet the evaluation criteria set by the AIM editorial board.
An introductory web-textbook on discrete mathematics by Richard Hammack
An open access, peer-reviewed textbook intended for undergraduate as well as first-year graduate level courses on the subject. Written by UMass Amherst's own Hossein Pishro-Nik.
An open source online textbook for college-level music theory courses developed by the Digital Pedagogy Lab
OER textbook on classical mechanics that compiles 15 years of lecture notes by Prof. Douglas Cline, from the Physics Department at the University of Rochester.
A collection of openly licensed psychology textbooks.
An open Psychology textbook created by Saylor Academy
Written by Matthew J. Van Cleave at Lansing Community College
Multi-Discipline Open Textbook Collections
An archive of mostly entry-level college, Creative Commons-licensed, textbooks issued in 2012 for free by a textbook publisher.
AcademicPub is a build-your-own-textbook service that offers students three different options for purchasing the book: digital download, paperback, or hardcover.
Instructors can create a customized textbook with book chapters, case studies and journal articles.
AcademicPub provides services to track how much royalties will cost for each custom textbook.
A collaborative effort by the University System of Georgia (USG) and California State University to replace high cost textbooks across the Georgia system. The site features a list of the top 50 enrolled classes along with approved open textbooks for those classes.
A Denmark-based publishing company that offers free eBooks and textbooks in the Sciences, Management, Accounting, Math, Law, Languages and more.
Approximately 100 peer-reviewed open textbooks collected by both non-profit and for-profit corporations.
Includes a range of formats and copyright licenses, although all are free for use.
Seven books on History & Literature published by Cornell University Press, now offered as Open Access books. Topics include the history of Russia, Poland and Germany as well as cultural criticism.
A free library of thousands of texts for students in a range of topics covered in a university undergraduate program.
Join venture between the Terry College of Business of the University of Georgia and the Daniels College of Business of the University of Denver.
Individual book chapters can be opened and modified to fit your own needs.
Begun in 2013 by Eric Kean, a Math and Viola instructor at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA, It's More Than a Textbook is an online platform that helps instructors create interactive and inexpensive ($15) e-texts with an integrated assessment system.
A multidisciplinary Open Access publisher of books and journals covering the fields of Science, Technology and Medicine.
InTech has published more than 850 Open Access books, and provides support services for faculty who wish to publish a book or journal and make it available via Open Access.
A UK-based project in which libraries share the cost of producing academic texts that are then released with a Creative Commons license. The titles are mostly monographs. UMass Amherst is a participating library.
A collection of course materials developed by Lumen Learning, Lumen Learning was co-founded by open education visionary Dr. David Wiley and education technology strategist Kim Thanos, Lumen is dedicated to facilitating broad, successful adoption of OER.
The Multimedia Educational Resource for Online Teaching (MERLOT), developed by the California State University Center for Distributed Learning offers access to thousands of open educational materials. The search function even allows you to enter an ISBN number of a current textbook to find a comparable open textbook.
This catalog contains hundreds of college-level open textbooks from higher education institutions around the world.
A pilot project for the Ohio Textbook HQ, the Ohio Digital Bookshelf aims to provide inexpensive higher-ed textbooks.
Free registration required to view textbooks.
A UK project that publishes books under open licences. They focus mostly on scholarly monographs but have a number of titles that could be used as open textbooks. PDF and HTML versions are free. Print copies are available via print on demand (POD) for between $20-$30.
A curated list of open textbooks from the publishers of the Open Culture website, a compendium of all things open on the web.
A Canadian Government funded project, begun in 2012, that provides students with open textbooks and other open educational resources.
OpenStax College offers free textbooks that meet scope and sequence requirements for most courses. These are peer-reviewed texts written by professional content developers.
All content is free to use and reuse under the Creative Commons attribution license.
An open textbook project of the State University of New York Libraries , funded by SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology grants.
A catalog of open access textbooks to be reviewed by faculty members, made available by the University of Minnesota's College of Education and Human Development.
All textbooks in this catalog are openly licensed, complete, and available in print at very little cost. Subjects covered: Accounting & Finance; Business, Management & Marketing; Computer Science & Information Systems; Economics; General Education; Humanities & Language; Mathematics & Statistics; Natural & Physical Sciences; Social Sciences.
Although not a collection of "open" books, these are free for UMass students and faculty to use. The database includes thousands of monographs and textbooks in every discipline.
Offers a number of e-Textbooks sorted by author and topic.
All of the textbooks can be downloaded for free and many of them can be purchased in print form.
A student-run site dedicated to increasing the use of free educational materials by teachers and professors.
The approach is to bring all of the free textbooks they can find together in one place, review them, and let the best rise to the top and find their way into the hands of students in classrooms around the world.