Free textbooks improve learning and the classroom experience

We’ve established that the economic market for textbook is fundamentally broken. But even without that point, there are still many excellent reasons to switch over to a free textbook. First and foremost, using an expensive resource disconnects students. The Expensive Textbook Model is presented below:

The problems that teachers encounter when using expensive textbooks can almost entirely be mitigated by using free resources. Students get immediate and perpetual access to the course textbook, including later editions. Free textbooks also encourage students to focus on learning, not whether they can afford to purchase the textbook.

While this isn’t a novel finding, we encourage you to test it out! Print out this survey for your students.

– David


39 comments so far

  1. arpita on

    thank you for this noble idea.
    for many students in the resource limited settings, it is not possible to purchase textbook after textbook – and so their hunger for knowledge is not quenched.
    it is very difficult to build concepts without appropriate references – and it is easily provided in opentextbooks.

  2. Carlos Torres on

    Thank you! I value very much tis philosophy and generosity! It is very important to me!

  3. Jose Eduardo on

    Thank you for the Free Textbook, I am very satisfied with the lessons and text

  4. Grace on

    Thank you so much for your sharing and Free Textbook. Fantastic! it is very important and useful for me !

  5. Li Yiwei on

    Thank you very much. It is a great opportunity for poor students who cannot afford too many book fees!

  6. Makgotlelela Koenaite on

    Thank you so much for allowing us to use the textbook free of charge. It is much appreciated.

  7. Ashek on

    I am teaching an undergraduate class (consisting of around 60 students) and using this book as a reference. Thank you and I appreciate your great work!!!

  8. Ling Ning on

    Thank you for the Free Textbook, I am very happy and surprised with the resource.I hope I can get improved. Thank you again

  9. Shaghayegh Shabanian on

    This was by far the best Statistic book that I have read. I eventually learned statistics concepts and delicate differences between different but similar concepts. Thank you very, very much.

  10. JJ on

    Thanks for free Statistics book.

  11. Willbrode Otieno on

    Thanks for the book

  12. Nawaz on

    Thank you for such a wonderful gift

  13. usen on

    thanks for your generosity. may you and your family always be healthy and wealthy.

  14. Sudarshan on

    Thanks a lot. Enabling people to learn for free is probably one of the best things one can do 🙂

  15. Azalea on

    Thank you for enabling students like me who can’t afford all these resources to obtain it and WITH guidance from a teacher. I am forever grateful and are more motivated to excel.

  16. Jin on

    Thank you so much for your sharing and Free is very useful for me !

  17. Jayashree on

    Thank you for providing course materials absolutely free

  18. tia on

    Thank you for the thoughts and actually trying to make a difference.

  19. Pallavi on

    Thank You for the OpenIntro Textbook.

  20. David SON on

    I’m very happy to use your textbook for free. Thank you very much.

  21. lorenzo on

    Thanks for free TextBook…as a student I completely agree with the” freetxtbook-model” advantages

  22. jie on

    thank you!

  23. Benjamin Osaro-Olai on

    Thank you so much for doing this for us.

  24. Junyan on

    Thank you for sharing this book with us! Much appreciated!

  25. Mouhamadou Bassirou on

    Thankyou for sharing

  26. Azhan on

    Thank you sir, this book is really helping me in my job experience.

  27. Mohd Anwar on

    Thank you so much sir, This book is very helpful for resolving my daily office problems

  28. Paul Avellaneda on

    thanks for allowing me to read a free text book Paul from Ecuador

  29. A.O on

    Thank you so much for the open source content. I appreciate it as it has allowed me to focus on the class instead of trying to ask students to borrow their books or study with them until I can afford mine.

  30. gabe on

    Thank you so much for the free book!

  31. Andrii Ivasenko on

    Thanks for the book. You made it so easy for us.

  32. ktd on

    Thank you for allowing students around the world to access a so useful content, freely.
    Thank you so much !

  33. TC on

    Thank you so much for the book and the opportunity to learn statistics which I believe is very useful for further research!

  34. Ziyi Li on

    Thank you for sharing this text!!

  35. Lawali Halidu on

    thank very its well helpul

  36. Polly on

    Thank you for sharing this textbook.

  37. suhana on

    Thank u so much for sharing the book for free,just downloaded the book, it is going to be an amazing journey

  38. 丁心玥 on

    Thank you very much to share this book with us and I really learn a lot from it! 🙂

  39. robbieberry on

    Love open resources! Thank you for providing this book for us!

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