Free Digital Textbook Publisher to Produce 10 New Titles by 2017

Rice University’s OpenStax College, a project that publishes free digital textbooks, will use $9.5-million in grants to produce 10 new books by 2017, the university announced on Monday.

The aim of the project, started in 2012, is to provide low-cost textbooks to students who have trouble affording titles that can cost hundreds of dollars. OpenStax has published a handful of books—written and peer-reviewed in-house and accessible free online—for common courses that enroll the most students nationally.

The new textbooks, combined with four titles to be published next year, will bring the total to 21 titles by 2017. According to the university, OpenStax’s existing library has saved students upward of $13-million.

The new grants were given by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation; the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; and the Rice alumni John and Ann Doerr.

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