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Textbook Alternatives

A guide to finding low-cost textbooks and textbook alternatives

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Benefits of Textbook Alternatives

There are many potential benefits to assigning textbook alternatives, including library resources and open textbooks. For help exploring options, connect with your Subject Librarian


Teaching:

  • Improve student access to assigned resources in a variety of formats
  • Include more diverse voices 
  • Develop new opportunities for student engagement 
  • Incorporate more flexibility to regularly update content

Research:

  • Publish an original open textbook
  • Adapt an existing open textbook 
  • Do research on the impact of open and affordable textbook options
  • Write and receive grants for open textbook projects

Service:

  • Provide peer-review for new or existing open textbooks
  • Participate in or lead initiatives to provide new and improved options for students
  • Mentor others developing and redeveloping courses with open and affordable options
This page includes content adapted from Open Education in Promotion, Tenure, and Faculty Development 
This work is subject to a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial 4.0 International license. For exceptions, see the Library Copyright Statement.