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Free Digital Textbooks
This page contains the URL's to sites referenced in Dian Schaffhauser's June 2016 article in Campus Technology.
In these sources, the copyright holder has offered to allow permissible access to the work.
Canadian province, British Columbia, created a collection of open textbooks that could be used in the top 40 highest-enrollment subject areas.
College Open Textbooks
This site has peer-reviewed more than 100 OER textbooks and provides links to many more. Also contains links to free textbooks by subject.
Links are offered to the site's own content on Lumen's Candela Learning catalog and well as content developed by other institutions it has worked with on OER initiatives. Content is made available in HTML format which can be accessed through a school's LMS.
California State University System manages a catalog of thousands of resources in science and technology, math and statistics, humanities, and education. Resources other than textbooks are offered here.
MIT provides an online textbook page along with links to the textbook files used in their online courses. This site is useful for course materials not covered by other sources.
The nonprofit Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education launched this site to share content from around the world. College level textbooks represent around 600 results and many are listed in other collections in this list.
This site lists a meta collection of free textbooks many taken from other sites listed here. Other collections of free online courses, movies, audio books and other forms of education content are listed.
Open SUNY Textbooks
A pilot project of the State Universities of New York libraries. The titles listed are authored by faculty and published by the libraries.
Open Textbook Library
The University of Minnesota supports this site which represents a consortium of higher education institutions who networked to use OER in their programs. The library of textbooks pulls titles from many sources including some in this list.
Rice University launched this site with 13 titles. There are now 22 in subject areas ranging from anatomy to sociology. The parent organization OpenStax CNX provides an open library of learning objects that can be utilized in custom curricula.
Most of the contents are public domain books that represent their effort to digitize cultural works.
Known for its free courses, the organization also make the curriculum from each course available in downloadable textbook form.
UC Davis STEMWiki Hyperlibrary
Directed by a chemistry professor at UC Davis, this collaborative project focuses on STEM topics and invites students and professors to develop content and then share it. Items offered: labs, homework and worksheets. Current subjects covered: chemistry, biology, geology, statistics, physics, math and solar.
Wikimedia Foundation hosts this site which offers 2,900 textbooks categorized by subject, completion status and reading level. Many of the books can be downloaded as PDF files.