Top 5 Free Online College Textbooks

ebook in an readerFree online college textbooks are available from many sources and projects, including the College Open Textbooks (COT). Here are five of the most sought-after reference materials available today from the project.

College textbooks can be expensive especially these days. Each year, tag prices of such books continue to increase. That is why free online college reference materials or open textbooks are gaining more popularity. Students can now enjoy high-quality books without spending too much.

The College Open Textbooks (COT) is a special project that aims to produce and distribute helpful reference materials to college students via the Internet. It is spearheaded by the Open Doors Group and the Silicon Valley Educational Foundation with funding from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Here are some of the top free online college textbooks from the project.

Principles of Microeconomics
Authors: Dr. Libby Rittenberg and Dr. Timothy Tregarthen
Since 2009, this book has been widely adopted in about 400 colleges for more than 1,200 economics-related courses worldwide. Its first publication was in 1996 and has since undergone several updates from the authors, who are both professors at the University of Colorado. The book aims to teach economics by facilitating a straightforward and accessible overview of the subject. It would help students to comprehend the actual usefulness of economics.

Project Management Skills for All Careers
Author: Project Management Open Resources
The textbook serves as a functional roadmap of the most important skills that are necessary to obtain success. It intends to fill the gap that is perceived to exist between education and life. The content contains instructions and guidance that are based on best practices. Moreover, there are real-life examples so that people from all careers can relate to it.

Collaborative Statistics
Authors: Susan Dean and Dr. Barbara Illowsky
It took several years for this reference material to be developed and completed. The book is intended for distance learning classes and honors-level/regular classroom settings. Introduction to statistics courses in college is the main concept. It is recommended to students in engineering or math programs who need to know statistics. Prerequisite subject is intermediate algebra.

Introductory Sociology
Author: Open Doors Group
As an introductory material, the textbook has content that explores contemporary issues that students usually hear from the media. It is written to help develop sociological thinking among students especially when dealing with current issues. There are 21 short chapters that can be read and presented in whatever order, making it a really flexible reference.

Smarthistory
Authors: Dr. Steven Zucker and Dr. Beth Harris
This multimedia e-book is about art history. It is becoming one of the most popular open educational resources today. According to estimates, the Web textbook is now generating up to 44,000 unique visits each month. There are about 300 videos and 290 art photos that make learning more engaging.

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