Rice U to publish open-source textbooks

February 10, 2012

The Rice University-based open-education platform Connexions announced last week a plan to provide free online publisher-quality textbooks for 5 of the most-attended college courses in the US. The OpenStax College textbook initiative will publish its first 2 books in physics and sociology next month, with 3 more titles in biology and in anatomy and physiology slated to go online this fall. "If we capture just 10 percent of the market with these first five textbooks, an estimated 1 million college students in the United States could save $90 million over the next five years," says Connexions' founder and director. The textbooks will be available for free online via computers, smartphones, and tablets. Connexions' print-on-demand feature will allow students to order low-cost print copies. Rice U News Release | Inside Higher Ed