Open Educational Resources
Where can I find an open textbook for my class?
Is the quality the same as other textbooks?
If you’ve found an open textbook that you want to use, but it isn’t quite up to snuff, the open license allows you to edit to to fit the needs of your course.
Can students order a print copy?
Yes, there are on-demand online print services available, or students could print out only the parts they want at home. We can work with you to determine the best printing option.
Who writes open textbooks? How do they get paid?
Why would a textbook author want to give away content for free?
Do open textbooks have supporting/ancillary materials?
Some do. Like commercial textbooks, some open textbooks have ancillary materials.
How often are open textbooks updated?
How can I edit OER?
The vast majority of open textbooks have a Creative Commons license that allows for editing, adapting and making derivatives in any file format. The Libraries offer editing and formatting support. If you need assistance, contact Digital Publishing Librarian Chris Diaz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are there accessible versions for students with disabilities?
Open content has huge potential to increase accessible content on campus. Unlike traditional materials, it is not locked down and can be adapted and reformatted without extra permission, and is usually available in different formats.
I am thinking of writing an open textbook. What are my rights? Could I sell my book to a publisher later?
If you write a textbook, you hold the copyright and have the power to share, edit, and sell your book as you wish. If you choose to make your textbook open, you would designate a Creative Commons license, which would give others the right to copy, share, and modify your work. Creative Commons licenses work in parallel with copyright, so you would retain copyright even when assigning a Creative Commons license. We are happy to meet with you to discuss copyright, publishing, and licensing in more detail.