An open textbook is a textbook licensed under an open copyright license and made available online to be freely used by students, teachers, and members of the public. They are available for free as online versions, and as low-cost printed versions, should students or faculty opt for these. They are an affordable, flexible alternative to traditionally-published textbooks.*
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The following resources contain existing open texts that are openly-licensed and free for educators to use and adapt to their own needs.
Florida’s operational repository project of open source educational materials.
Lists open textbooks by subject, many of which have been peer reviewed.
UBC Library has several open collections, including open textbooks, accessible through the Library search Summon. Among the collections are:
All of the collections may not be accessible through the UBC Library systems. To review additional open textbook collections and their full catalogue of items, review the "Open Textbooks Databases" content below.
Step 1 - Go to UBC Library and search for "open textbooks" in the '''General''' search bar.
Step 2 - Using the filters on the left side of the results page, limit the search results to '''Full Text Online''' and '''Books/Ebooks'''. This will yield a list of items that are either open textbooks or cover open textbook issues.
Step 3 - To find textbooks in your discipline, limit to an area of study using the '''Discipline''' filter.