There are a number of projects around the world aiming to develop high-quality libraries of open-access textbooks suitable for Further Education and Higher Education. The books are generally free to use, free to copy, and free to modify.
Why open-access textbooks?
Open-access textbooks can provide real cost savings to students, with textbooks costing students up to £400 per year. Free at point of use textbooks of equivalent quality can be sourced through a variety of open-access platforms. These can be linked to from reading list software (readinglists.uwe.ac.uk) to provide an easy route for student access.
Open-access textbook websites
- Open Textbook Library for textbooks on business and management; computer science and information systems; education; engineering; humanities and languages; journalism, media studies and communications; law; mathematics and statistics; health; sciences; and social sciences.
- BC Campus for textbooks on arts; business and management; health; sciences; and social sciences.
- Open Stax for textbooks on humanities; mathematics and statistics; sciences; and social sciences.
- OAPEN for textbooks on business and management; earth sciences; humanities and languages; law; literature; and social sciences.
Search for open-access textbooks
You can search for open-access textbooks in the library search.
(limit results to 'Content Type: books / e-books' and 'Open access')
Recommending an open-access textbook to your students
- Add it to your reading list at readinglists.uwe.ac.uk
- Contact the Library for advice on copyright at firstname.lastname@example.org. They will also back a copy up if necessary.
- Join the open-access textbooks mailing list at UWE Bristol.
Are you using open-textbooks now?
If so, please e-mail email@example.com