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Open Educational Resources (OER): Open Text/ Commons and Pilot e-books Purchases

This guide will provide resources to free and open education resources

Open Texts-OER Commons & Pilot Program for e-Book purchases through GOBI and VIVA

OER Commons

State Council of Higher Education Repor


Pilot Program for Fall 2020

VIVA Bookstore Curriculum Driven Acquisitions Pilot Program. The pilot program will support e-book purchases for bookstore course content available through the VIVA Faculty Textbook Portal and GOBI for three institutions representing each VIVA public institution type (doctoral, 4-year, 2-year).

Open Textbooks

  • College Open Textbooks (COT)
  • College Open Textbooks (COT) is a project of the Silicon Valley Education Foundation and the Open Doors Group. The COT Collaborative is collection of colleges, governmental agencies, education non-profits, and other education-related organizations that are focused on the mission of driving awareness, adoptions, and affordability of open textbooks. Our focus is on community colleges and other 2-year institutions of higher education and the first two years (lower division) of 4-year institutions. Some of our activities also apply to K-12, upper division, graduate school, and life-long learning. An open textbook is an integrated course-associated learning tool that is in the public domain or has been open-licensed by the copyright holder to permit re-use without the necessity of asking permission of the copyright holder. Open textbooks are free or inexpensive on the web and modestly priced for downloads, use on eReaders, or in bound format.
  • Global Text Project
    The Global Text Project publishes electronic texts for students in the developing world. It also maintains a database of links to books for such students. The Global Text Project is a joint project of the Terry College of Business of the University of Georgia and The Daniels College of Business of the University of Denver.
  • InTech Open Science
    InTech is a pioneer and world's largest multidisciplinary open access publisher of books covering the fields of Science, Technology and Medicine. Educators are freely permitted to use the material for teaching, conference presentations, lectures and other non-commercial professional activities.
  • MIT OpenCourseware Online Textbooks
    Online textbooks corresponding to MIT OpenCourseWare. Some of these online textbooks are open-licensed electronic versions of print books. Others are self-published online books, or course notes which are so thorough that they serve as an alternative to a conventional textbook.
  • Noba
    Noba features more than 100 college-level chapters (focused on psychology topics), written by experts and licensed under Creative Commons, that can be used to build customized digital textbooks. Search the catalog of chapters; organize the topics and chapters in the order you choose; “publish” the resulting digital text either online or as a downloadable PDF.
  • Open SUNY Textbooks
    Open SUNY Textbooks is an open access textbook publishing initiative established by State University of New York libraries and supported by SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology Grants. This pilot initiative publishes high-quality, cost-effective course resources by engaging faculty as authors and peer-reviewers, and libraries as publishing service and infrastructure.
  • Open Textbook Library
    Open textbooks are complete textbooks licensed so teachers and students can freely use, adapt, and distribute the material. Open textbooks can be downloaded for no cost, or printed inexpensively. This library is a tool to help instructors find affordable, quality textbook solutions. All textbooks in this library are complete and openly licensed.
  • Opensource Textbooks
    From the Internet Archives: over 2,000 textbooks, divided into sub-collections by discipline.
  • OpenStax College
    OpenStax College offers students free textbooks that meet scope and sequence requirements for most courses. These are peer-reviewed texts written by professional content developers. Adopt a book today for a turnkey classroom solution or modify it to suit your teaching approach. Free online and low-cost in print, OpenStax College books are built for today’s student budgets.