Open textbooks are openly licensed academic works that are available in a variety of digital formats with the option to print. They provide creators and adaptors with the ability to reuse, remix, and redistribute textbook material in order to customize or tailor it to their courses.
Using an open license helps to ensure the greatest accessibility to the works generated.
To find out more about Creative Commons licenses, please visit: https://creativecommons.org/licenses
Open Textbook Collections:
If you are looking for an open textbook to use in your course, the following sites offer open textbooks in a wide range of subject areas:
Open Support Materials
When selecting materials (images, videos, audio, graphs, etc.) for use in an open textbook, it is important to identify material that is openly licensed. The following are some sources of open material:
Some tips on getting started
There are several instructional materials available to those who are interested in developing open textbooks. In particular, BC Campus is a leader in open textbook development in Canada and has created an authoring guide and workshop on open textbook development. The guide is located here and the workshop, originally held January – February, 2015 has been archived at https://courses.p2pu.org/en/courses/2675/adopting-open-textbooks