May 20, 2017
In response to a couple of requests we received from our readers here in EdTech and Mlearning, we went ahead and curated for you the collection below. This is a list featuring some popular platforms that provide open digital textbooks. Textbooks are arranged into different categories and content areas. Some of the textbooks are available for free download in various formats others can only be read online. There are also platforms where you can pay a reasonable fee to buy or rent new or used textbooks. These include: Amazon Textbooks, Chegg, and Google Play.
1- OER Commons
Open Education Resources (OER) Commons is a platform that provides open access to a wide variety of open educational resources that are either in the public domain or are licensed under Creative Commons. These resources include things such as :’ full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge.’
‘Bookboon has published more than 1,000 free textbooks for students. These textbooks can be downloaded in PDF format without prior registration.’
Wikibooks offers an open content textbooks collection that anyone can edit. It has over 2000 books and other educational materilas that can be browsed by subject, complettion status or reading level.
4- Open Textbook Library
‘The Open Textbook Library provides a growing catalog of free, peer-reviewed, and openly-licensed textbooks. Explore the library's books to see if an open textbook fits your course's, and students', needs.’
‘MERLOT has one of the largest known collections of open textbooks in the world, with thousands catalogued by topic, audience, level, license, peer review, etc., many with comments, in bookmark collections, and user ratings. MERLOT community members can take advantage of this resource in a variety of ways.’
‘TextBookGo.com is your number one source for free etextbooks. We bring you free digital textbooks from all sources and for all courses! We offer free etextbooks for many subject categories and for all tablet and digital textbook viewing devices.’