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If you are thinking of examining or using eTextbooks, the links below can take you to some of the larger collections.  Merlot and Orange Grove contain resources for both K-12 and higher education.  LOUIS, Openstax, and the Open Textbook Library focus on higher education.

  • LOUIS eTextbook Finder - developed by LOUIS, it draws mostly from the Open Textbook Library.  These textbooks are used by faculty at multiple institutions.  The textbook finder only includes textbooks identified in the Common State-wide Course ID system.  It does not include all of the eTextbooks available.

  • LOUIS EDS Faculty Portal - developed by LOUIS, this database allows faculty to search for books that a library can purchase and offer as e-textbooks for multiple users.  The portal searches the publishing platforms of several major publishers including Elsevier and Wiley.

  • Merlot - developed by the California State University System, Merlot offers over 5,000 links to free journals, etextbooks, and related resources.  As an older consortium (1990s) the webpage is crowded and focused on providing resources to the CSU community rather than everyone.  Access to the links are free, but there does not appear to be any vetting process aside from faculty recommendations. 

  • Openstax - formed at Rice University in 2012 has since grown in popularity.  They offer an easy-to-navigate website with a very good FAQ page assisting with faculty-only resources (amenities like homework manager, test bank, etc); as well as how to customize and modify texts.

  • Open Textbook Library - formed in partnership with the University of Minnesota.  The OTL collects eTextbooks from various sources and uses specific criteria for inclusion in their own listings.  The criteria includes peer-review and adopted for course work at multiple institutions. 

  • Orange Grove - developed by the Florida Department of Education, Orange Grove focuses more on k-12 rather than higher education.  However, since 2011 Orange Grove has actively sought to expand OER resources to higher education patrons.

  • Open Suny - developed by the State University of New York, this site is a mixture of a clearinghouse (pulling from other websites) and publisher where SUNY funds the creation of open textbooks.  One of the best tools on this site is the ability to type in an ISBN for your current print textbooks and see what open eTextbooks are available and similar. 

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