Easier customization: 33 OpenStax textbooks now in Pressbooks

To all instructors who have been waiting for more OpenStax textbooks to be added to Pressbooks, your wait is over!

Post by Lauri Aesoph, Manager, Open Education

Current versions of all 33 OpenStax textbooks in the B.C. Open Textbook Collection are now part of the BCcampus Pressbooks library thanks to co-op student, Kaitlyn Zheng, and Josie Gray, Coordinator of Collection Quality.

The open textbook collection built by OpenStax–a non-profit organization based out of Rice University in Houston, Texas–contains 59 books. Of these, 33 books are part of the B.C. Open Textbook Collection. Not included are AP (Advanced Placement), translations, or first editions for which second editions have been released.

B.C. and Yukon instructors and staff who have created accounts on the free BCcampus self-serve instance of Pressbooks  (and anyone with a Pressbooks account) can make copies of these OpenStax books by following instructions in the Add Content part of the Pressbooks Guide.

Links to Pressbooks copies can be found in the B.C. Open Textbook Collection by locating the record page for a specific OpenStax textbook and clicking on the “Editable” label under Get This Book on the right-hand side of the textbook’s web page. A second click to “Editable: Pressbooks copy” takes the user to their final destination and the first step toward customization.

Notable quote:

“We’re pleased that BCcampus has taken steps to make OpenStax textbooks even more flexible for faculty and we’re excited about the opportunities this unlocks for the BCcampus community.”
- Kathi Fletcher, Technical Director, OpenStax

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