|Use an existing open text||Adapt one to your own needs||Create your own text|
The Open Textbook project is an initiative of the Consortium of Australian University Librarians (CAUL), with about 30 universities taking part in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. Otago can have two books published on the Pressbooks platform each year, so talk to us about signing up as soon as possible.
CAUL has extensive further information available:
Open textbooks are free and online for a whole class to access without logins or restrictions on downloads or printing. There are many high-quality ones already available – licensed for reuse and adaptation – whether you want something that covers academic writing skills, anatomy and physiology or something more specific like this psychology text adapted for use in New Zealand.
Explore these collections to adopt or adapt an Open Textbook, or use them to get ideas for your own creation.
Pressbooks directory: good search filters to find existing texts on the Pressbooks platform, by subject, by number of interactive activities, etc.
Merlot: diverse range of texts and other open resources, with editorial and user reviews for many.
Open Stax: project of Rice University to create open texts for core subjects. Includes instructor and student resources.
Open Textbook Library: good quality texts with extensive reviews by users.
Directory of Open Access Books: large database of peer-review open books.