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An Open Access 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 Access Textbooks may have certain copyright restrictions, but these restrictions normally do not limit dissemination, repurposing, creating derivative works and use for educational purposes.
Although rapidly evolving, textbooks in electronic form are available in three dominant models:
Open textbooks are real, complete textbooks licensed so teachers and students can freely use, adapt, and distribute the material. Open textbooks can be downloaded for no cost, or printed inexpensively.
OpenStax College is a nonprofit organization committed to improving student access to quality learning materials, affiliated with OpenStax CNX. Our free textbooks are developed and peer-reviewed by educators to ensure they are readable, accurate, and meet the scope and sequence requirements of your course.
This project is based at SUNY and it includes books on various topics from English composition to nursing. Additional features, like integration within Blackboard are available to faculty for a small fee.