Where to Find Free Textbooks

Lifehacker just ran a new feature today “Five Best Places to Buy Cheap Textbooks.” Cheap is good, no doubt. But free is even better. So we figured why not take the wraps off of a new Open Culture collection: 100+ Free Textbooks: A Meta Collection.

This new and growing collection pulls together an assortment of free textbooks available online. The list is mostly slanted toward science and math (that’s what is out there), and the texts are almost entirely written by college professors or qualified high school teachers. In some instances, these texts were originally published in book format, and now the authors have decided to publish them online. In other cases, authors joining the “open textbook” movement (see Flat World Knowledge, CK-12Curriki, etc.) have published their works for the first time in electronic format, often under a Creative Commons license. We will update the list continually. But if you see good texts missing, please feel free to ping us. You can access 100+ Free Textbooks: A Meta Collection here, and please forward the link to any young students or lifelong learners who might benefit…

P.S. This collection will always appear in the top navigation of the web site. Just look for “Textbooks” in the top nav bar.

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