Explore Free (Open Access) Books and Textbooks
Open access textbooks are openly-licensed digital textbooks that are offered for free online. Traditional textbooks use cumbersome copyright license restrictions, while open access textbooks allow anyone to read, copy, distribute, or modify the content at no cost. Even students who have not been assigned an open access textbook can benefit from using them alongside traditional textbooks as supplemental study material. Many universities around the United States have already developed initiatives to produce high-quality, peer-reviewed open access textbooks for their students and response has been positive: open access textbooks are now seen as affordable alternatives to traditional learning materials.
- At USF
- Online Repositories
- Orange Grove Texts Plus
- The Gutenberg Project
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Open Access Textbooks at USF
USF Scholar Commons houses its own open access textbook collection. While these texts are best suited for use in higher education, every item in the collection is available to all users at no cost. Subjects covered are mathematics, journalism, academic writing, and behavioral research. USF Scholar Commons is actively seeking to enlarge its collection of higher education open access textbooks and accepts submissions from all authors regardless of affiliation. If you would like to add to the collection, please contribute your open access textbook. For any additional questions, please feel free to contact USF Scholar Commons.
Open Access Textbook Repositories
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- Collaboration of University Press of Florida and Orange Grove Digital Repository
- Digital textbooks – free!
- Self-printed textbooks – free!
- “Print on demand” textbooks 40-60% of the cost compared to traditional textbooks
- Textbooks are developed with a Creative Commons copyright license (may be accessed at no cost)
- Titles from the University Press of Florida
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- Or, watch a video of a South Florida Community College professor who uses eTextbooks:
- Free downloads of books in the public domain (published before 1923).
- You can obtain books by James Joyce, Mark Twain, Jane Austen, Charles Darwin and other 18th and 19th century authors.
- These books can be downloaded to a computer or other electronic devices.
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