Open Journals & Textbooks

Textbooks – Bookboon’s free online textbooks for students are focused and to the point. They are all written by highly respected professors from top universities in the world and cover topics such as economics, statistics, IT, engineering and natural science.

Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources Open Textbooks    includes more than 500 open textbooks in a variety of subjects.

College Open Textbooks The College Open Textbooks Collaborative, a collection of twenty-nine educational non-profit and for-profit organizations, affiliated with more than 200 colleges, is focused on driving awareness and adoptions of open textbooks to more than 2000 community and other two-year colleges. This includes providing training for instructors adopting open resources, peer reviews of open textbooks, and mentoring online professional networks that support for authors opening their resources, and other services.

Curriki is a hub for free, open course materials. Find thousands of course materials in a variety of subjects and grade levels, including free courses and textbooks.

Flat World Knowledge – This is a college textbook publisher whose books are published under an open license. This allows professors to customize the books they order – edit, add to, mix-up – or use as-is. Students can access the books online for free or can pay for print-on-demand and audiobook versions.

Freebooks4Doctors With more than 300 medical texts already on hand, makes available PDF ebooks, journals and links to other free medical books.  Its mission is to promote the free availability of medical books on the Internet.

FreeTechBooks is a resource which lists out computer science and programming books which are made freely & legally available on the Internet.

Global Textbook Project An international initiative, Global Textbook Project seeks to provide access to free, quality textbooks to students in developing nations. The project is led by a team of university faculty members, whose global staff is creating a growing collection of open textbooks.

National Academies Press Most books published by the National Academies Press can be downloaded for free in PDF format. Just find the book you want, bypass the print price, and click the “Download Free PDF” button. This site requires that you provide a name and e-mail address.

OER Commons – Materials range from pre-k to secondary. Along with other materials textbooks are included

Open Culture has a collection of 150 free textbooks from Art History to Physics and Business.

OpenStax College – OpenStax College offers students free textbooks that meet scope and sequence requirements for most courses. These are peer-reviewed texts written by professional content developers

Open Textbooks: Catalog –  are college texts offered online under a license that allows free digital access, low-cost print options and customization by instructors. 

Open Text Library – Open textbooks are textbooks that have been funded, published, and licensed to be freely used, adapted, and distributed. These books have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of colleges and universities to assess their quality. These books can be downloaded for no cost, or printed at low cost. All textbooks are either used at multiple higher education institutions; or affiliated with an institution, scholarly society, or professional organization.

Project Gutenberg is the place where you can download 33,000 free books! This is a great resource for Literature classes and books for young children.

ScienceDirect   is a leading full-text scientific database offering journal articles and book chapters from more than 2,500 journals and almost 20,000 books.

Smarthistory – is a free, not-for-profit, multi-media web-book designed as a dynamic enhancement (or even substitute) for the traditional art history textbook.  They are committed to joining the growing number of teachers who make their content freely available on the web.

SpringerOpen  The growing demand for open access publishing has led Springer to expand our open access program to fully open access books as a further addition to our already established SpringerOpen journal portfolio. Authors in all disciplines now have the opportunity to publish open access books, including complete monographs, edited volumes, proceedings and SpringerBriefs.

Textbook Revolution – Textbook Revolution is a student-run site dedicated to increasing the use of free educational materials by teachers and professors.. On this site you’ll find links and reviews of textbooks and select educational resources. Some of the books are PDF files, others are viewable online as e-books, or some are simply web sites containing course or multimedia content.

Wikibooks is a Wikimedia community for creating a free library of educational books that anyone can edit.  Rather than be subject to expensive static books, Wikibooks readily encourages copying, modifying, reusing, and free distribution of its books. 

Worldwide Mathematics offers free mathematics textbooks in Calculus and Mutli-Variable Calculus, and includes free lecture series to accompany the content.


Directory of Open Access Journals The aim of the DOAJ is to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals, thereby promoting their increased usage and impact. The DOAJ aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content. In short, the DOAJ aims to be the one-stop shop for users of open access journals.

Elsevier the world’s leading provider of science and health information, Elsevier serves more than 30 million scientists, students and health and information professionals worldwide

ScienceDirect is a leading full-text scientific database offering journal articles and book chapters from more than 2,500 journals and almost 20,000 books.

OMICS Group International through its Open Access Initiative is committed to make genuine and reliable contributions to the scientific community. OMICS Group hosts over 300 leading-edge peer reviewed Open Access Journals and organizes over 100 International Conferences annually all over the world.

SpringerOpen Our SpringerOpen journal portfolio includes peer-reviewed, fully open access journals across all areas of science. It ranges from very specialized titles to SpringerPlus, our interdisciplinary open access journal that covers all disciplines.