Open Textbooks

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Open textbooks are a growing part of the OER movement.


Search Engines

Repository Type of Repository Description Number of Resources Licenses
E-books on the web (http://libweb.lib.buffalo.edu/ft/EBooks.html) Search engine Searches Internet Archive, Google Book Search and many others. Visitors should note the search engine displays each result in a new window, which may be overwhelming at first. N/A N/A

Public Domain

Repository Type of Repository Description Number of Resources Licenses
Making of America (http://quod.lib.umich.edu/m/moagrp/) Image and text library American education, psychology, history, sociology, religion, and science and technology books. Specializes in 1800-1900 publications. Over 10,000 books and 50,000 articles Public Domain
Manybooks.net (http://manybooks.net/) Text library Provides free eBooks for PDAs, iPods, or eBook readers. Books are available in several languages. 21,014 eBooks Public Domain

CC-BY-SA or CC-BY-ND

Repository Type of Repository Description Number of Resources Licenses
Intratext (http://www.intratext.com/) Text library Religious, philosophical, literary, and scientific texts in 40 languages. Over 1,000 texts CC-BY-NC-SA
WikiEducator (http://www.wikieducator.org/Free_Textbooks) Wiki List of free textbooks wiki format. 4 CC-BY-SA
Textbook Revolution (http://textbookrevolution.org/) Text library Textbooks and select educational resources of all kinds. Some of the books are PDF files, others are viewable only online as e-books. Most books are aimed at undergraduates, but there are at least a few resources at every level, from kindergarten to post-doc. All of the books are offered for free by their respective copyright holders for online viewing. 257 CC-BY-NC

GFDL

Repository Type of Repository Description Number of Resources Licenses
Free High School Science Texts (http://www.fhsst.org/) Text library Project to build science textbooks for grades 10-12 in South Africa. Topics include Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. Currently 8 books in development GFDL
Wikibooks (http://www.wikibooks.org/) Wiki Sponsored by the Wikimedia foundation (which also supports Wikipedia), Wikibooks is meant specifically for open textbooks. Subjects range from computer programming to cookbooks. 28,000 pages across dozens of books GFDL

Various

Repository Type of Repository Description Number of Resources Licenses
The Assayer Link library Website that provides links to free textbooks. Registered users can write reviews. The Assayer started in 2000, and has a long history of free textbooks. However, some links are broken or outdated. 1,000 links to books Open Publication License
Open Text Book (http://www.opentextbook.org) Text library Textbooks on various topics. Most are openly licensed, but license does vary. Over 15 books Varies

Sources

ISKME. (2008, February 8). What are Open Textbooks? Connexions. Retrieved April 2, 2008, from http://cnx.org/content/m15226/latest/
Okerbloom, J.M. (n.d.). The Online Books Page: Archives and Indexes. Retrieved June 2, 2008, from http://www.wikieducator.org/index.php?title=OER_Handbook/educator/open_textbooks&action=edit

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