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Free-Licensed Electrical Textbooks

Last Edited: June 7, 2015

Please refer to the ‘References and Additional Resources’ below for other Free Electronic Textbooks.

The Electronic textbooks presented below fall under this criteria:
  • Licensed under a Creative Commons License or GNU Free Documentation License.
  • Utilized in classroom settings.
  • Encompases the subject. (ie. not divided into separate chapters or sections, to be used only with other forms of media such as video)
In the additional resources, there’s additional work that doesn’t fall into these three categories.

If you have any other suggestions for other electronic textbooks, feel free to comment.

Clicking the link ‘[View .PDF in Google Drive]’ for each textbook entry will allow you to share, save, and print.  However, if you want to duplicate the textbook, I’d recommend purchasing a printed copy from the author’s official website.  In most cases, the cost of printing an entire text is more than buying a professionally bound and printed copy.  

All the textbooks below are based on these two licenses that allow for sharing: the Creative Commons (CC) license and the GNU Free Documentation License (FDL).  Copyrighted work licensed under the CC license allows the medium to be shared and distributed worldwide (and meets all other licensing criteria determined by the CC license).  Copyrighted work under the FDL allows the documents to be copied, redistributed and modified.  All modified works of CC Share-alike and FDL must carry the same license as the original work was licensed under.  All of the works below are copyrighted and both the CC license and the FDL allow individuals the rights to share the medium without copyright infringement.  As with all licenses and copyright, individuals using these materials must abide by all conditions stated in both copyright law and the licensing terms.  Also note, not all CC licences have the same rights.  Go to the Creative Commons for more information about CC licensing or click the licensing section for each textbook to discover what your rights are.

Some of these books have additional licences such as the GPL and the LGPL.  Please read the details of these licences.

In general: Please (prolifically) share the textbooks below, support these authors endeavors and convince electronics departments introduce this material into their curriculum.  A free and open education is an essential tool for all of mankind to reach its highest potential. 

Circuit Theory by et al.
March 16, 2013
153 pages

Communication Systems by et al.
March 28, 2013
184 pages

Digital Circuit Projects: An Overview of Digital Circuits Through Implementing Integrated Circuits by Charles W. Kann
May 12, 2014
96 pages

Electronics by et al.
March 15, 2015
401 pages

Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering I by Don Johnson
September 22, 2014
334 pages

Signals and Systems by et al.
March 28, 2013
124 pages


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