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Open Books & Textbooks

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Authoring Tools

Authoring Open Textbooks

by Karen Lauritsen and Melissa Falldin

Pressbooks for EDU

A (growing) guide to using Pressbooks for EDU publishing. By Zoe Wake Hyde

Discipline-Specific Textbooks


Native Peoples of North America

An introductory text about the Native peoples of North America (primarily the United States and Canada) presented from an anthropological perspective



A free and open, online, not-for-profit art history textbook with complete multimedia content from Khan Academy.



An astronomy learning tool, created by University of Arizona Astronomy professor Chris Impey, intended either as a supplement for classroom instruction or for informal learners wanting to know more about the subject.


Entrepreneurship and Innovation Toolkit

A textbook on entrepreneurship published by the Edwards School of Business at the University of Saskatchewan.

The Business Plan Development Guide

A textbook on developing business plans published by the Edwards School of Business at the University of Saskatchewan

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Introduction to Hydrology

Developed by Professor Steve Margulis at UCLA, this free textbook provides a broad foundation in the topics of hydrologic science including: mass balance, basic atmospheric thermodynamics, radiation, atmospheric circulation, precipitation, snow, evapotranspiration, unsaturated flow and infiltration, groundwater, and runoff.

Civil Infrastructure Planning, Investment, and Pricing

Open access textbook on construction management written by Professors in Civil and Environmental Engineering Department (CEE) at Carnegie Mellon University.

Fundamentals of Infrastructure Management

Open access textbook on construction management written by Professors in Civil and Environmental Engineering Department (CEE) at Carnegie Mellon University.

Life Cycle Assessment

Open access textbook on construction management written by Professors in Civil and Environmental Engineering Department (CEE) at Carnegie Mellon University.

Project Management for Construction

Open access textbook on construction management written by Professors in Civil and Environmental Engineering Department (CEE) at Carnegie Mellon University.


Stand up, Speak out: The Practice and Ethics of Public Speaking

Adapted from a work produced and distributed under a Creative Commons license (CC BY-NC-SA) in 2011 by a publisher who has requested that they and the original author not receive attribution. This adapted edition is produced by the University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing through the eLearning Support Initiative.

Public Speaking: The Virtual Text

A textbook from the Public Speaking Project, a project by speech professionals who are dedicated to providing free and low cost original instructional materials.

Boundless Communication

In collaboration with Boundless team, Lumen Learning imported this OER course to the Lumen Platform, to ensure they remain freely available to the education community after Boundless ceased operations. Lumen maintains the Boundless content in the same condition it was provided to them. Courses may contain issues with formatting, accessibility, and the degree to which content remains current, accurate, and complete.

Communication in the Real World

This text was adapted by The Saylor Foundation under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License without attribution as requested by the work’s original creator or licensee.

The Seven Challenges Workbook

A workbook that proposes seven ways to guide conversations in directions that are more satisfying for both conversation partners. The author has solicited suggestions from the work of a wide range of communication teachers, therapists and researchers in many fields.

Business Communication for Success

This text was adapted by The Saylor Foundation under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License without attribution as requested by the work’s original creator or licensee.

Writing for Strategic Communication

Written by Jasmine Roberts, a strategic communication lecturer in the School of Communication at The Ohio State University. Roberts teaches classes in public communication campaigns, writing for strategic communication, persuasive communication, and public speaking. 


Principles of Political Economy

An open economics textbook that attempts to "teach students about alternative schools of economic thought but also to deepen their understanding of the dominant, neoclassical approach to economics. Written by Daniel E. Saros, Associate Professor of Economics at Valparaiso University. Prof. Saros has published two books with Routledge, including Information Technology and Socialist Construction: The End of Capital and the Transition to Socialism (2014) and Labor, Industry, and Regulation during the Progressive Era (2009).


The American Yawp

A free, collaboratively built, open American history textbook designed for college-level history courses.


Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (COERLL)

A federally funded collection of OER based at the University of Texas that offers primarily foreign language educational resources.

Live Lingua

A collection of U.S. Government created public domain language eBooks and a/v resources for almost every language.


The Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction

A collection of Creative Commons licensed eBooks on a variety of legal topics.


A collection of open and/or free/low cost law casebooks and course readers.


Abstract Algebra: Abstract and Applications

An open algebra textbook for one or two-semester undergraduate course in abstract algebra. Written by Thomas W. Judson, Robert A. Beezer of the University of Puget Sound.

Active Calculus

an activity-driven text in a format that is freely accessible to students by Matthew Boelkins, David Austin, & Steven Schlicker of Grand Valley State University. Updated in August 2017.

American Institute of Mathematics list of approved open textbooks

A list of open textbooks that meet the evaluation criteria set by the AIM editorial board.

Elements of Discrete Mathematics

An introductory web-textbook on discrete mathematics by Richard Hammack

Introduction to Probability, Statistics, and Random Processes

An open access, peer-reviewed textbook intended for undergraduate as well as first-year graduate level courses on the subject. Written by UMass Amherst's own Hossein Pishro-Nik.


Open Music Theory

An open source online textbook for college-level music theory courses developed by the Digital Pedagogy Lab


Variational Principles in Classical Mechanics

OER textbook on classical mechanics that compiles 15 years of lecture notes by Prof. Douglas Cline, from the Physics Department at the University of Rochester.


Noba Project

A collection of openly licensed psychology textbooks.

Saylor Psychology 101: Introduction to Psychology

An open Psychology textbook created by Saylor Academy


Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking

Written by Matthew J. Van Cleave at Lansing Community College

Multi-Discipline Open Textbook Collections

2012 Book Project

An archive of mostly entry-level college, Creative Commons-licensed, textbooks issued in 2012 for free by a textbook publisher.


AcademicPub is a build-your-own-textbook service that offers students three different options for purchasing the book: digital download, paperback, or hardcover.

Instructors can create a customized textbook with book chapters, case studies and journal articles.

AcademicPub provides services to track how much royalties will cost for each custom textbook.

Affordable Learning Georgia

A collaborative effort by the University System of Georgia (USG) and California State University to replace high cost textbooks across the Georgia system. The site features a list of the top 50 enrolled classes along with approved open textbooks for those classes.


A Denmark-based publishing company that offers free eBooks and textbooks in the Sciences, Management, Accounting, Math, Law, Languages and more. 

Cornell University Press/Project MUSE OA Books

Seven books on History & Literature published by Cornell University Press, now offered as Open Access books. Topics include the history of Russia, Poland and Germany as well as cultural criticism.

DPLA eBook collections

An effort by the Digital Public Library of America to increase access to eBooks. Contains both open and "closed" ebooks.

The Global Text Project 

A free library of thousands of texts for students in a range of topics covered in a university undergraduate program.

Join venture between the Terry College of Business of the University of Georgia and the Daniels College of Business of the University of Denver.

Individual book chapters can be opened and modified to fit your own needs.

It's More Than A Textbook

Begun in 2013 by Eric Kean, a Math and Viola instructor at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA, It's More Than a Textbook is an online platform that helps instructors create interactive and inexpensive ($15) e-texts with an integrated assessment system.


A multidisciplinary Open Access publisher of books and journals covering the fields of Science, Technology and Medicine.

InTech has published more than 850 Open Access books, and provides support services for faculty who wish to publish a book or journal and make it available via Open Access.

JSTOR Open Books

A collection of over 6,000 Open Access DRM-free ebooks from a variety of academic publishers with coverage in many disciplines including Business, Anthropology, Education, Environmental Science, Health Sciences, History, Law, Political Science, Religion, Psychology, Technology and more!

Knowledge Unlatched

A UK-based project in which libraries share the cost of producing academic texts that are then released with a Creative Commons license. The titles are mostly monographs. UMass Amherst is a participating library.

Lumen Pressbooks

A collection of course materials developed by Lumen Learning, Lumen Learning was co-founded by open education visionary Dr. David Wiley and education technology strategist Kim Thanos, Lumen is dedicated to facilitating broad, successful adoption of OER.


The Multimedia Educational Resource for Online Teaching (MERLOT), developed by the California State University Center for Distributed Learning offers access to thousands of open educational materials. The search function even allows you to enter an ISBN number of a current textbook to find a comparable open textbook.

OER Commons: Open Textbooks 

This catalog contains hundreds of college-level open textbooks from higher education institutions around the world.

Ohio Digital Bookshelf Project 

A pilot project for the Ohio Textbook HQ, the Ohio Digital Bookshelf aims to provide inexpensive higher-ed textbooks.

Free registration required to view textbooks.

Open Book Publishers

A UK project that publishes books under open licences. They focus mostly on scholarly monographs but have a number of titles that could be used as open textbooks. PDF and HTML versions are free. Print copies are available via print on demand (POD) for between $20-$30.

Open Culture's List of Open Textbooks

A curated list of open textbooks from the publishers of the Open Culture website, a compendium of all things open on the web.

OpenEd at BCcampus

A Canadian Government funded project, begun in 2012, that provides students with open textbooks and other open educational resources.

OpenStax College 

OpenStax College offers free textbooks that meet scope and sequence requirements for most courses. These are peer-reviewed texts written by professional content developers.

All content is free to use and reuse under the Creative Commons attribution license.

Open SUNY Textbooks

An open textbook project of the State University of New York Libraries , funded by SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology grants.

Open Textbook Library

A catalog of open access textbooks to be reviewed by faculty members, made available by the University of Minnesota's College of Education and Human Development.

All textbooks in this catalog are openly licensed, complete, and available in print at very little cost. Subjects covered: Accounting & Finance; Business, Management & Marketing; Computer Science & Information Systems; Economics; General Education; Humanities & Language; Mathematics & Statistics; Natural & Physical Sciences; Social Sciences.


Although not a collection of "open" books, these are free for UMass students and faculty to use. The database includes thousands of monographs and textbooks in every discipline.

Textbook Media 

Offers a number of e-Textbooks sorted by author and topic.

All of the textbooks can be downloaded for free and many of them can be purchased in print form.

Textbook Revolution 

A student-run site dedicated to increasing the use of free educational materials by teachers and professors.

The approach is to bring all of the free textbooks they can find together in one place, review them, and let the best rise to the top and find their way into the hands of students in classrooms around the world.