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   Four Paths to Open Textbooks

Adopt an e-book that is already part of the library's collection, or that the library purchases as a textbook substitute.

Create a course packet that includes journal articles, single chapters (up to 10%) of books, and selected Open Educational Resources (OERs) published under Creative Commons licenses.

Adopt appropriate Creative Commons textbooks written at other colleges and universities. A list of clearinghouses is below.

Lastly, you can write and publish a textbook under a Creative Commons license, as those in the clearinghouses did.

Open Textbook Clearinghouse Sites

Open Textbook Library , created and maintained by the Open Textbook Network from the Unversity of Minnesota, helps colleges and universities advance the use of open textbooks and practices on their campuses.

Global Text Project  publishes open content electronic textbooks that are freely available from this website.  We focus on content development and Web distribution, and we will work with relevant authorities to facilitate dissemination by other means when bandwidth is unavailable or inadequate. The goal is to make textbooks available to the many who cannot afford them. (This site has some navigational challenges).

Galileo Open Learning Materials, (from University of Georgia), GALILEO Open Learning Materials brings together open educational resources throughout the University System of Georgia, including open textbooks and ancillary materials.

Open Stax, a non-profit digital ecosystem from Rice University, containing tens of thousands of learning objects, called pages, that are organized into thousands of textbook-style books in a host of disciplines, all easily accessible online and downloadable.

MERLOT a curated collection of free and open online teaching, learning, and faculty development services contributed and used by an international education community.Center for Open Education, University of Minnesota.

OER Commons,  a public digital library of open educational resources. Explore, create, and collaborate with educators around the world to improve curriculum.

Open Textbooks, SUNY, a no-nonsense service to provide OER from State University of New York, these textbooks are free and open to all institutions. Browse available titles or the SUNY catalog to find learning materials suitable for your courses. You can link to our page, or you can upload the PDF or ebook in your LMS.

Open Introstarted with one goal in mind: create a free and open-source introductory textbook. The link is to an introductory Statistics textbook. The site also hosts videos and labs.

Open Course Library, a collection of high quality, free-to-use courses that you can download and use for teaching. All content is stored in Google docs making it easy to access, browse and download. 

College Open Textbooks The College Open Textbooks Collaborative, a collection of twenty-nine educational non-profit and for-profit organizations, affiliated with more than 200 colleges, is focused on driving awareness and adoptions of open textbooks to more than 2000 community and other two-year colleges. This includes providing training for instructors adopting open resources, peer reviews of open textbooks, and mentoring online professional networks that support for authors opening their resources, and other services.

CUNY Academic Works, The Open Educational Resources series, from City University of New York collects instructional materials -- from textbooks to syllabi -- by the faculty of the City University of New York. To find works from a specific college or school, browse by Colleges, Schools, Centers.

Open Stax Textbookspeer-reviewed, free to use textbooks mainly for large gateway courses. From Rice University.

BC Campus OpenED  supports the post-secondary institutions of British Columbia as they adapt and evolve their teaching and learning practices to enable powerful learning opportunities for the students of B.C. The site hosts links to open textbooks and assist in adopting and adapting the content.

NOBA, psychology texts and modules which can be adapted according to need.

Lumen Learningco-founded by open-education visionary Dr. David Wiley and education-technology strategist Kim Thanos, Lumen Learning is dedicated to facilitating broad, successful adoption of OER. The site contains a list of available texts.

The Orange GroveFlorida's open educational repository.

Open Textbooks Store, except it is not a store but a free, open repository of Math texts collected by the state of Washington.