An Open Textbook is an instructional textbook publication in digital form, consisting of text, images, or both, readable on computers or other electronic devices, such as e-readers or tablets, that is made freely available through a host or online organizational service. Open textbooks may have certain copyright restrictions, but these restrictions do not limit dissemination, repurposing, or creating derivative works for use for educational purposes.
Although rapidly evolving, textbooks in electronic form are available in three dominant models:
This guide aims to expand your knowledge of open textbooks in areas such as:
If you have comments, suggestions, or would like more information about these topics or library services, please direct them to the Feedback Form below.
Your Subject Specialist Librarian can help you locate Creative Commons and other freely available resources to use in your course as a textbook or supplemental learning materials.