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ERIC Number: EJ917671
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-0163-9269
Open-Access Electronic Textbooks: An Overview
Ovadia, Steven
Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian, v30 n1 p52-56 2011
Given the challenging economic climate in the United States, many academics are looking to open-access electronic textbooks as a way to provide students with traditional textbook content at a more financially advantageous price. Open access refers to "the free and widely available information throughout the World Wide Web. Once an article's author or copyright holder gives express consent, an open-access journal or archive may post its content over the Internet" ("Access, Open" 2009). Most, if not all, open-access textbook initiatives are electronic, although some also have print components as well. While the possibility of open-access textbooks seems intriguing to librarians, who are generally interested in both simple, inexpensive access to high-quality information and who often find their book collection budgets hamstrung by at least some textbook purchasing, it is worth asking how students seem to feel about electronic textbooks, open access or otherwise. Open-access electronic textbooks have the potential to be a huge boon to academic libraries, but librarians must make sure they are something students and faculty can use successfully.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States