"Open Textbook" is a term used for textbooks that are typically:
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Taming the Textbook Market
The basic concepts and process behind using open textbooks: "Janet Spencer"
Testimonials on adopting an open text by actual community college faculty: Erik Christensen, physics professor and Lisa McDonnell, sociology professor
Creative Commons Videos: There are several here, each explaining different aspects of licensing and how it works
Community College Open Textbook Collaborative
Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources
"Adoption of Open Textbooks Quick Start"
CCOTC's Open Textbooks by subject, with reviews
DiscoverEd This is cool! A search engine created by Creative Commons that searches only OER resources.
The Orange Grove Digital Repository and Texts Plus
MERLOT: Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching
Connexions: Similar to MERLOT, "a place to view and share educational material made of small knowledge chunks called modules that can be organized as courses, books, reports, etc."
Folksemantic: search, recommend, collaborate, remix
Textbook Revolution site run by students promoting use of open texts by college professors. *Not all content here is licensed to be "open".*
"Remixable textbooks by expert authors. Free online and affordable offline."
Textbook\Media: A resource similar to Flat Word above, aiming to make selected textbooks available at an affordable price with lots of flexibility in both faculty and student preferences.
Automated Text Readability Rating -- Type or paste a portion of the text and you'll receive a rating on readability, including an approximate grade level
list of books (not limited to textbooks) available under a Creative Commons License
Project Gutenberg: books in the public domain (most of these are old enough that their copyright has expired)
Bartleby: more books in the public domain
Google Book Search: The "advanced book search" option lets you search only those books whose full contents can be viewed online. *Note: There is not a print option for Google Books.*
Curriki: "curricula-wiki" Not strictly books, but mostly text-based. A wide variety of materials.
media search (includes images, music, video, websites)
Internet Archive: Free Movies, Music, Books & Wayback Machine: exceptional resource!
HippoCampus: materials are free but may not be copied or transformed.
PBS Video: PBS is now has free streaming video of many of their programs. (Free but not open.)
BongoBooks: Wow, amazing tool, and completely free. Hosts your text, lets you import your own files, open files found on another site, and incorporates many features of Course Management Systems as well, including loading assignments and a secure gradebook. One nice feature for students is the ability to make their own annotations on the text that only they can see. "Demo" and "FAQs" links give a great overviews of the various functions. *A note on use of this site to create your own text: BongoBooks gives instructors the option of charging students for access and then receiving royalties from each purchase. If you use materials created by someone else through an open license agreement and put it on this site, you will most likely not be able to charge students to access the book, as most open license educational resources require non-commercial use only.
BookBuilder: Another great book-building tool with nice features such as a text reader and student annotation tool.
Flat World Knowledge accepts new texts and will also host a textbook you've adapted from one already in their repository
Connexions does the same.
Kirkwood's ANGEL Course Management System could conceivably be used to host any type of content you create, including what amounts to a textbook, although it doesn't have near the specific functionality for a "book" format that the above sites give you.
Google Sites has a little more functionality than ANGEL does in formatting a site to look the way you want it too. It also has a function to make the site private so that only your students can access it. It doesn't however allow each individual student to access personal information such as grades. The automatic Table of Contents function would be a nice way to organize lots of chunks of information you collected from different sources.
Engrade is a free and secure online gradebook. It has a few course management system-type features, including an assignment calendar and an attendance tracker. Why include it here? It could round out the course management-type functions you might miss by moving your content to another format, such as Google Sites or Kirkwood's Website Manager.
The file "opentextbook.irf" (see below) is an iLinc file, which is a recording of one of the live sessions given simultaneously in person and through iLinc. To view this recording, you must first go to Kirkwood's iLinc site , click on "System Test" in the top navigation bar, then click on the "part II" join test. This will download the software you need to view the recording. Once you've done this, return to this page, download and open the .irf file, and it should automatically open in iLinc.