Open Educational Resources (OERs) are any type of educational materials that are in the public domain or introduced with an open license. The nature of these open materials means that anyone can legally and freely copy, use, adapt and re-share them. OERs range from textbooks to curricula, syllabi, lecture notes, assignments, tests, projects, audio, video and animation (Unesco).
These are eBooks that publishers have made available for free use online. Many can also be purchased in various formats. The online format can vary -- PDF is common but many offer HTML or other format options.
These titles have been made available as open access publications under a Creative Commons licence. They are free to read worldwide through the relevant OUP online platforms, including Oxford Scholarship Online or Oxford Medicine Online. In addition to these titles, there are eighteen titles made available through the OAPEN-UK project on the same basis.
A free PDF version of each title is available to download from our website. This version is free to read and share according to the terms of the Creative Commons publication licence, provided that the author is properly cited. Please note that third party materials included in the publication may be subject to copyright restrictions; proper permission to reuse this material should be sought from the rights holder. Print and eBook versions of these titles are available to purchase.
Collection of Open Access Journals and Books
Bloomsbury provides some Open Access eBooks with Creative Commons licensing. They can be read online and PDFs of the books and chapters are available for downloading.
JSTOR offers more than 8,000 Open Access books from 100+ publishers, including Brill, Cornell University Press, De Gruyter, and University of California Press, are now available at no cost to libraries or users.
Manchester University Press offers free access to books and journals published under a Creative Commons license via their "manchesteropenhive" platform.
MUSE Open, an initiative supported by a grant from the Mellon Foundation, enables Project MUSE to distribute selected OA books in browser-native HTML5 format, with enhanced functionality. Many other books are available OA as PDF files. The publishers of the books determine the licensing terms under which the books are made available.
Books may change their status on MUSE from paid access to OA, at the request of the publisher.
Taylor & Francis publishes books for all levels of academic study and professional development, across a wide range of subjects and disciplines. Many of these are available as Open Access books with Creative Commons licensing. Note: some books only have partial Open Access. For example, one chapter might be available for free but the others are not.