Open Educational Resources: Textbooks

A guide to free and open educational materials and resources.


Textbook Cost

Open textbooks...

  • Help students succeed; 
  • Save students money;
  • Allow for flexible content.

A 2012 Florida Student Textbook Survey found that undergraduate students will pay upwards of $1,200 a year for ​​​textbooks and supplies.

Textbook cost impacts both student success and retention.  

Students who participated answered that the cost of required textbooks caused them to:

64% Not purchase the required textbook.
49% Take fewer courses.
45% Not register for a specific course.
34% Earn a poor grade because I couldn't afford the textbook.
27% Drop a course.
17% Fail a course because I could not afford the textbook.


Image source: Amin Allen Tabrizi.  Biology Textbook.  CC BY-NC-ND 2.0