Open textbooks are textbooks that have been funded, published, and licensed to be freely used, adapted, and distributed. These books have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of colleges and universities to assess their quality. These books can be downloaded for no cost, or printed at low cost. All textbooks are either used at multiple higher education institutions; or affiliated with an institution, scholarly society, or professional organization.
OpenCourseWare, or OCW, are course materials created by universities and shared freely with the world via the internet.
- Bookboon's http://bookboon.com/en/textbooks-ebooks: free online textbooks for students are focused and to the point. They are all written by highly respected professors from top universities in the world and cover topics such as economics, statistics, IT, engineering and natural science.
- Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) http://www.doabooks.org/: A growing collection of nearly 3000 online, open access scholarly books. The primary aim of DOAB is to increase discoverability of Open Access books.
- Open SUNY Textbooks http://textbooks.opensuny.org/: Open SUNY Textbooks is an open access textbook publishing initiative established by State University of New York libraries.
- OpenStax https://openstax.org/ & OpenStax College https://cnx.org/: Based on Rice University, OpenStax provides full text textbooks on math, science, social sciences, humanities, and AP.
- Open Textbook Library https://open.umn.edu/opentextbooks/: Supported by Center for Open Education and Open Textbook Network, it provides access to peer-reviewed textbooks in the subject areas: Accounting & Finance, Business, Management & Marketing, Computer Science & Information Systems, Economics, Engineering, Foreign Languages, General Education, Humanities & Language, Law, Mathematics & Statistics, Natural & Physical Sciences, Social Sciences.
- The OrangeGrove Florida’s Open Education Resources https://www.floridashines.org/orange-grove: Florida's digital repository for instructional resources. The repository provides an environment for educators to search for, use, remix, share, and contribute educational resources. The repository can also be integrated with your Learning Management Systems (e.g. Canvas, Blackboard, Desire 2 Learn). Discover, contribute, and import repository resources directly from your LMS.
- College Open Textbooks http://collegeopentextbooks.org/: a core textbook at Scottsdale Community College (SCC). Authored by members of the SCC Math Department faculty, it has been used by thousands of students. Continually improved, it is now part of a comprehensive resource package that includes online help and assessment tools as well as an instructor's guide in various subject areas.
- Global Text Project http://globaltext.terry.uga.edu/: a joint project of the Terry College of Business of the University of Georgia and The Daniels College of Business of the University of Denver. A collection of open textbooks in the areas of Business, Computing, Education, Health, Science, Social Science.
- Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources http://www.oerconsortium.org/discipline-specific/: Anthropology & Archaeology, Art, Biology & Genetics, Business, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Education, Engineering & Electronics, English & Composition, Health & Nursing, History, Languages & Communications, Literature, Law, Math, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Science, Sociology, Statistics & Probability
Ebooks, Images & Other Materials
- HathiTrust Digital Library https://www.hathitrust.org/: Over 8 million digitized items, including more than 2 million public domain books available for free. HathiTrust is a partnership of major research institutions and libraries.
- Internet Archive https://archive.org/details/opensource_English:
- Khan Academy https://www.khanacademy.org/ offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. It tackles math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more.
- The Assayer http://theassayer.org/ is the web's largest catalog of books whose authors have made them available for free. Users can also submit reviews. The site has been around since 2000, and is a particularly good place to find free books about math, science, and computers.
- Project Gutenburg http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page: offers over 50,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online.
- E-Books Directory http://www.e-booksdirectory.com/ is a daily growing list of freely downloadable ebooks, documents and lecture notes found all over the internet.
- Feedbooks http://www.feedbooks.com/publicdomain: Feedbooks is an ebook retailer, provides access to thousands of public domain books.
- National Academies Press http://www.nap.edu/: Full access to more than 4,000 titles in PDF format. The National Academies Press publishes more than 200 books a year on a wide range of topics in science, engineering, and health, capturing the most authoritative views on important issues in science and health policy.
- FreeBooks4Doctors http://www.freebooks4doctors.com/: was created to promote the free availability of medical books on the Internet.
- FreeTechBooks http://www.freetechbooks.com/: Database of Free Online Computer Science and Programming Books, Textbooks, and Lecture Notes (990 books and growing).
- MetPublications http://www.metmuseum.org/art/metpublications/titles-with-full-text-online?searchtype=F : more than 460 art book titles with full-text online.
- OpenDoar: Directory of Open Access Repositories http://www.opendoar.org/index.html: provides a quality-assured listing of open access repositories around the world for academic use.
- The New York Public Library Digital Collection https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/: a living database with new materials added every day, featuring prints, photographs, maps, manuscripts, streaming video, and more.
- Access to Archival Databases (AAD) https://aad.archives.gov/aad/# : online access to records covering a wide variety of civilian and military functions and have many genealogical, social, political, and economic research uses.
“Openly licensed educational resources can increase equity by providing all students, regardless of zip code, access to high quality learning materials that have the most up-to-date and relevant content.”
------- Secretary John King