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Textbook Alternatives

A guide to finding low-cost textbooks and textbook alternatives


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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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 
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