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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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