Exploring Open Access E-textbooksBooklist
DescriptionIn previous columns I've explored reference e-book platforms, distributors, and aggregators. This month I want to step out a bit further and explore open-access digital textbooks. I learned a lot about digital textbooks in February when I attended the O'Reilly Tools of Change (TOC) Conference. This conference discusses issues in publishing; one of these issues happened to be digital textbooks. The first question that often comes to mind when discussing open-access digital textbooks is, what are they? They share several characteristics: they are protected by the creative commons license by which content may be copied, shared, or changed so long as the original author is attributed; they are developed by a community of authors or users and intended for educational purposes; and they are free.
Citation InformationSue Polanka. "Exploring Open Access E-textbooks" Booklist Vol. 106 Iss. 16 (2010) p. 69 ISSN: 0006-7385
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/sue_polanka/92/