What are Open Textbooks?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the cost of college textbooks rose 88% between 2006 and 2016. The high cost of required textbooks leads many students to forgo purchasing textbooks altogether, take fewer courses, or even drop or fail a course.
Open textbooks are a solution to some of these academic and financial concerns students face today.
As defined by the Open Textbook Library, “Open textbooks are textbooks that [can be] freely used, adapted, and distributed… These books can be downloaded for no cost or printed at low cost.”
Open textbooks give faculty more control over their instructional resources, and they also increase access to information and higher education by reducing student costs.
Did you know that there are thousands of Open Access engineering textbooks and other resources available online?
Check out my recommendations for Open Textbooks that might help you in your coursework or your general quest for knowledge! Our Open Access Library Resource Guide also has lots of information about Open Access in general.