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Open textbooks are typically authored by faculty and published on the web with the support of universities or new commercial companies. Open textbooks are frequently governed by Creative Commons licenses that enable users to download, customize or print the textbook without expressed written consent of the author.

FREE and OPEN eTextbooks in the MERLOT collection:

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Are you using free eTextbooks in your teaching or your learning? Have you created free eTextbooks? We invite you to catalog these resources in MERLOT. Your colleagues and students around the world will thank you!


First: Become a member of MERLOT (It will take about 2 minutes and it’s FREE).

Second: Fill out the online form to Contribute a Material. (It will take about 4 minutes the first time and step-by-step instructions for contributing materials (PDF) to MERLOT are available).


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Learningpod and MERLOTx provide free supplements that contain hundreds of practice, homework, and quiz questions aligned to open textbooks and courses. Students can use these to get extra practice, improve their understanding, and perform better on exams.

Click on the links below to get a list of workbooks and question sets in specific subject areas.