Group Title: Open Access Week 2009 posters
Title: Textbook prices and open textbooks
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Title: Textbook prices and open textbooks
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Creator: Lightcap, Paul
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Arguments For and Against

Open Textbooks

Open Textbook Advocates Argue:1
* Digital delivery of materials costs less for students
* Open Textbooks are more affordable and easily
* Open textbooks are available in printable formats (pdf
& print on demand)
* Open textbooks can be accessed online or
downloaded to access offline
* Unlike many e-books open textbooks are not limited to
a finite number of simultaneous users
* Unlike many e-books open textbooks have
supplemental materials that are available without
individual licenses

Open Textbook Opponents Argue:2
* There is a high cost to provide high quality Textbooks
* There is a high cost to provide meaningful
supplementary materials
* The demand for textbooks is high and justifies
charging a high cost
* Tuition inflation has risen at a higher rate than
textbook inflation high textbook costs are just part of
the price of education
* 75%-90% of students prefer printed textbooks to
e-textbooks (depending on the study)
* Printed textbooks allow publishers to offer a variety of
methods and formats. This includes blending text with

The Pros and cons discussed above were taken from the following two articles:
1. Allen, N. (2009) Course Correction: Executive Summary. Educause Review. 44 (1): 19-20
2. Oda, S & Sanislo, G(2009) Book Industry Trends:College. Educause Review. 44 (1): 14-16

Case Study: An Open Textbook in Mathematics

Frustrated with new editions that only had minor changes and rising textbook costs, Dr.
Rob Beezer decided to write his own textbook for students in his sophomore Linear Algebra
classes at the University of Puget Sound. He decided to make his textbook, A First Course in
LinearAlgebra, free not only to his students, but to students everywhere by using a GNU Free
Documentation License. "A wide range of institutions including community colleges (Miramar),
Liberal Arts Schools (Smith), and state universities (Colorado State) have started using the
textbook in courses."1

Benefits to creating his textbook as an open textbook have included:
* The book is accessible online for free
* All 700 pages can be printed on demand for just $29.70
* It is available in multiple formats including optimized formats for the Sony Reader and Amazon
* Proceeds from the print-on-demand and donations have generated financial returns equivalent
to royalties
* Supplemental materials (like printable flashcards) are included and the text itself can hyperlink
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More information about Dr. Beezer's decision to start an open
textbook can be found at and in the following
1. Beezer, R. (2009) The Truly Free Textbook. Educause Review.44 (1):

Open Textbooks in Florida

Orange Grove Texts Plus is partnering with the University Press of Florida to
The goal of the project is to make "high-quality scholarship that is affordable,
adaptable to reader preferences."*

offer open textbooks.
accessible, and

In September 2009, as part of a pilot project, 120 books were made freely available online. These
books can be viewed online or downloaded for offline viewing. They can also be requested
through on demand printing for 50% of the cost of traditional textbooks. "Orange Grove Texts Plus
will eventually include a large selection of ontent from UPF's backlist of more than 1600 titles."*
In the future, professors may be able to develop open textbooks in a digital format -Q
for distribution through this imprint.
* Orange Grove Texts Plus

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