Can I use an ebook as a textbook for my class?
The University Library does not recommend the use of library licensed ebooks as textbooks for class. Many of the ebooks and ebook collections that we subscribe to have restrictions on accessibility and use. These restrictions are created by the owner of the content such as a publisher, author, or another party who maintains rights over the digital product. These conditions often determine who can access the ebook, how it can be accessed or used, or if it can be downloaded or printed. In addition, if the ebook is part of an aggregated package, it can be removed by the publisher at any time without notice. This does not happen often, but it has happened in the past.
If you are interested in information about Open Access Textbooks, here are some sites where faculty can learn more:
http://www.openaccesstextbooks.org/ – The Open Access Textbooks Project is a two year initiative to create a sustainable model for the discovery, production, and dissemination of open textbooks. Funded by a FIPSE grant (Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education) this project builds on lessons learned in open text book efforts across the United States and seeks to create a collaborative community to further sustainable implementation of open textbooks.
http://www.openaccesstextbooks.org/websites.html - A list of websites hosting open access textbooks.
https://open.umn.edu/opentextbooks/ – The Open Textbook Library provides a growing catalog of free, peer-reviewed, and openly-licensed textbooks.
http://affordablelearninggeorgia.org/ – A University System of Georgia initiative to promote student success by providing affordable textbook alternatives.
https://openstax.org/ – “OpenStax is a nonprofit based at Rice University, and it’s our mission to improve student access to education. Our first openly licensed college textbook was published in 2012, and our library has since scaled to more than 25 books for college and AP courses used by hundreds of thousands of students. “
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