OpenStax College is an initiative of Connexions at Rice University. Since 2012 OpenStax has created peer-reviewed open textbooks, which are available in both printed and digital formats. In December 2012 "College Physics" became the first OpenStax textbook to be released in iBook format.
Aiming to compete with major publishers' offerings, the project was initially funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the 20 Million Minds Foundation, and the Maxfield Foundation. All textbook content is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Licenses and the textbooks can be modified to suit different purposes by users. Specifically, the books use Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) License, which only requires attribution. OpenStax aims to release a total of 25 textbooks and as April 2013 the following books had been released or were forthcoming:
- College Physics (released June 2012)
- Introduction to Sociology (released June 2012)
- Biology (released April 2013)
- Concepts of Biology (released April 2013)
- Anatomy and Physiology (released June 2013)
- Open educational resources
- China Open Resources for Education
- Flat World Knowledge
- Free High School Science Texts South Africa
- Khan Academy
- MIT OpenCourseWare
- National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning India
- Open Course Library
- Rice University Press, Rice's all-digital platform based on the Connexions technology
- Tufts OpenCourseWare
- Wikiversity, a Wikimedia Foundation project, devoted to learning materials and activities
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- OpenStax College The OpenStax College website
- Why Pay For Intro Textbooks? Inside Higher Ed
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- Free College Textbooks: Wave of the Future? Forbes
- Big Savings for U.S. Students in Open-Source Book Program New York Times
- Connexions homepage, cnx.org
- TED Talk dated 2006-02 Founder Richard Baraniuk discussing Connexions