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Open access textbooks are being developed and promoted to combat the exponential rise of college textbook prices.  Click here to read more about the open textbook movement.

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Check out these commercial and free authoring tools  to create your own e-textbook.

Creative Commons licensing protects the rights of free, self-published content.

Free E-Textbooks

An open access textbook is one that can be freely viewed, downloaded, and self-printed.

How do free e-Textbooks work?

  • Free e-Textbooks are usually published under the Creative Commons licenses so that a work’s copyright can be protected more flexibly from the least to the most restrictive. 
  • Some sites allow you to modify their materials and other sites require you to take the text "as is". 
  • Part of being free of cost means the textbooks are electronic, although some sites allow you to order a paper copy for a nominal fee.  Some sites also offer interactive tools for the e-books for an extra fee.  Source

If you decide to use any OATs in your class, please thoroughly research and examine the book you wish to assign.


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