For professors – Make Open textbooks for students

Why use open textbooks?  

“The rise of open textbooks is a new dynamic with the potential not only to reduce costs for students, but also to create communities of education professionals who work together to maintain quality open resources,” said BCcampus executive director David Porter.

Offer YOU more control and customizability.


6 steps to adapting an open textbooks

Step 1: Check the license First, check the license to make sure you have the permission to modify the contents.

Step 2: The format of the textbook If you wish to adapt an open textbook, you need to be able to have the textbook in a technical format that you can work with. This usually means the original source files used to create the textbook. Common source formats for open textbooks that you should look for are: HTML files (webpages) Word or OpenOffice documents Text files ePub LaTex files (if the original book includes math or science formulas and equations). What tools you will use to create your version of the textbook will depend greatly on what format you find the original textbook in and what you feel comfortable working with.

Step 3: Tools for editing an open textbook Once you have a source format that you can edit, you can then begin to modify the textbook. What tools you will use to do this will depend greatly on what editable format you are working with, and your comfort level with working with that format. PressBooks One of the tools we are recommending for the open textbook project is PressBooks. PressBooks is a web-based authoring tool based on the popular WordPress authoring platform. Working in PressBooks is similar to working within a Learning Management Systems like Moodle or Desire2Learn. You can import a number of different formats into PressBooks for editing, including Word, ePub and HTML. PressBooks will output the textbook as a mobile-friendly website, an ePub document (for use in e-readers), and PDF (for printing). Other editing tools The chart below shows you some of the tool options you have for working with the various file formats. Note that this is not an exhaustive list. You may have a tool that works for you that you wish to use to create your open textbook.

Step 4: Choosing a license Once you have finished creating your own version of the textbook, you should decide on which Creative Commons license you will use to license your book. This will depend a great deal on how the original textbook was licensed.

Step 5: Output Students like flexibility when it comes to their textbooks. Some may prefer printed versions of the textbook, others will prefer using a website. Still others will like to use an e-reader or e-reading software. To make your book as accessible as possible, consider making your textbook available in multiple formats so students have the ability to choose the format that works for them. At a minimum, the open textbook project will make textbooks available as a website (HTML),  ePub document for e-readers, and PDF document which students can print or choose to have printed via a print on demand service.

Step 6: Hosting your book (or how do my students get my textbook?) Once you have edited your version of the textbook, you will need a place to put your textbook where your students can access it.

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Textbook rentals

Textbook rentals is a good method which helps us to save money on textbooks!

Zookal which is an Australian campany, providing a variety of service lines that make students’ live easier. However, textbook rentals is the the largest service line which provides a faster, easier and cheaper alternative to what is available disrupting the current textbook market.

In order to reduce the price of shipping charges for the rented textbooks, Zookal joined with Ozzie, Flirtey, to offer free textbook delivery by drone.


How this Flirtey works?

Students would start by ordering a text using Zookal’s smartphone app. That book would be loaded into a carrying case mounted on the underside of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), at a regional Zookal dispatch center. The aircraft – a hexacopter – would then fly to the client by homing in on their phone’s GPS coordinates.

It would fly using autonomous control technology, which would include a collision avoidance system to keep it from hitting things like trees or buildings. Additionally, it would feature a fail-safe system that would cause it to slowly descend to the ground if its battery pack died.

The client, meanwhile, would be able to track the UAV’s progress via its own GPS chip. When the hexacopter arrived at their location, it would hover in place and lower the text down to them on retractable cords.



Students got their own ways



Here is a statistic of how students find alternative solutions to solve the problem of pricey textbooks.

According to this chart, in 2013 34% students would choose to download the course content from an unauthorized website, which increased drastically by 14% compare with the year 2012.  Other 31% Students choose to photocopy or scanned chapters from others’ books.

This illustrate that the e-book system could definitely help these student out from difficulty to pay for the expensive textbooks.  Instead of downloading from an unsafe and unauthorized website, an e-book system should be a more helpful tool for student to get the content of the course.


E-reader, Ebooks


An e-book reader, also called an e-book device or e-reader which is a mobile electronic device that is designed primarily for the purpose of reading digital e-books, newspapers and documents. It is wireless, portable, and allows readers to tote personal libraries everywhere they go.

However, for university students, e-book reader has lots of advantages which can be seen as firstly, e-book readers are more portable, students can carry a whole library of hundreds of books without worrying about their weight. Secondly, e-book readers are more safely stored and carried from one place to another, than ordinary books and they also withstand time more than books. Thirdly, ebooks in e-reader can show links which access easily to more information and related websites. Lastly, ebooks are much cheaper than traditional printed books!!!!!!!!!!! This website discuss that e-readers vs. Books for college students through 6 aspects which are technology, portability, versatility, cost, content availability and resistance.

It’s good idea to provide e-readers for university students and tuition fee can include it. It is necessary to ensure that every student in university has right to use and enjoy the device. If our campaign just for students who got high-technology devices, it is not workable.

How to save money on textbooks

Our campaign is making textbook affordable, at the same time, students could do something which helps too!
Here we got some advices for Students!

1. Steer clear of the bookstore.

– Shop elsewhere for books rather than just buy it in campus’s bookstore.

2. Buy used.

-Second hand books would definitely be cheaper

3. Share

– Students could split the cost with close friends taking the same course and share a book.

4. Check the library

– School library probably have a copy of the textbook.

5. Rent books

– A popular option in nowadays, like what our campaign had mentioned about the book rental campaign.

6. Opt for ebooks

– Not only save money, but useful when student want to reference the text inside because of the digital format.

7. Decide which you’ll use long-term.

– Think of which book you might use over long teem and consider purchasing just those books new.

Abstract from:

Help Solving Campaign3—Campus book Rentals


This is also a textbook rental campaign.  What’s so special is this campaign could help the customers to save 40-90% off of bookstore prices and let the customers to highlight in the textbooks.  And it is free shipping!

Furthermore this campaign would donate to Operation Smile with each textbook rented.

This is the video introducing how this campaign works

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