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Open Education Resources: Textbooks


An Open Textbook Testamonial

How, and why open textbooks.

The 2012 Promise of Open Access Textbooks: A Model for Success, a report  by the Florida Virtual Campus


Books and collections of books written specifically as textbooks. According to the College Board Annual Survey of Colleges, the average estimated cost of books and supplies at a 2 year institution in 2015-16 will be $1364. This cost can be lowered dramatically by the selection of high quality Open Source textbooks. Many Universities are piloting programs to produce these textbooks and more will be appearing in the next few years. An open textbook is an integrated course-associated learning tool that is in the public domain or has been open-licensed by the copyright holder to permit re-use without the necessity of asking permission of the copyright holder. Some material is modifiable by the user for order and topic coverage. Some business models allow free or low cost online textbooks with a charge for printed or extended materials.