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Textbook costs create a financial burden on college students that can impact their academic success. The rising costs of commercial textbooks have continued to outstrip inflation, adversely affecting access to higher education and student learning as students forgo buying textbooks altogether. Open textbooks can help alleviate the burden of textbook costs. Open textbooks are full, real textbooks that are licensed to be freely used, edited, and distributed. There are tens of thousands of freely available open educational resources and open textbooks, and a wide variety of tools to help you discover them.

  • Provide flexibility in curriculum
  • Increase student retention
  • Allow you to build your own resources with licensed materials
  • Promote your work to a global audience
  • Do not add costs
  • Provide supplemental learning materials for courses
  • Help students determine what classes or program to enroll in
  • Make students better prepared for classes