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Open Educational Resources: Open Textbooks

A guide to locating, adopting, adapting and creating open educational resources including open textbooks.

Listing Open Textbooks in the University bookstore

Open Textbooks can be listed in the University Bookstore.

OP 30.18: The Adoption and Sale of Textbooks and Related Materials

Texas Tech is required by statute to publish on the institution's website a list of textbooks to be used in all courses no later than the 30th day before the first day that classes are conducted for the semester. The official bookstore for Texas Tech publishes this information on its website on behalf of Texas Tech and provides this list to all local college bookstores. This necessitates that academic departments provide all textbook information to the campus bookstore no later than the 30th day before the start of classes. The official college bookstore for Texas Tech is the Barnes & Noble located in the Student Union. 

Open Textbooks

An open textbook is an openly-licensed textbook offered online by its author(s). The open license sets open textbooks apart from traditional textbooks by allowing users to read online, download, or print the book at no additional cost.

For a textbook to be considered open, it must be licensed in a way that grants a baseline set of rights to users that are less restrictive than its standard copyright.[6][7] A license or list of permissions must be clearly stated by the author.[8]

Generally, the minimum baseline rights allow users at least the following:

  • to use the textbook without compensating the
  • author
  • to copy the textbook, with appropriate credit to the
  • author
  • to distribute the textbook non-commercially
  • to shift the textbook into another format (such as
  • digital or print)

Many authors also grant rights such as:

  • to add, remove or alter content in the textbook,
  • often on the condition that derivative works must
  • have the same license
  • to copy and distribute the textbook without giving
  • credit to the author
  • to use the textbook commercially

Source: Varied Characterizations of Open Textbooks