May 18, 2022

Dean of Libraries at University of North Georgia Collaborates With English Professor to Develop Open Source Textbook

From the The Gainesville Times:

Two University of North Georgia faculty members are working closely together to make college a little more affordable.

“Over the coming year, we’ll develop this textbook and then make it available to students at low or no cost,” said Dean of Libraries Deborah Prosser.

The world literature textbook will be offered free online, and a print edition will be cheap. Prosser and English professor Bonnie Robinson are developing the materials using a nearly $25,000 grant from the University System of Georgia.


The book is the second digital attempt for the University Press of North Georgia, the first being an open-source electronic history textbook. Robinson also participated in that development. Open-source products offer universal access and a free license; the idea is to share the university’s textbook compilations with other institutions across the state. Professors can choose what to use in their classrooms, either the full textbook or just portions to supplement existing materials.

The digital version of the U.S. History I textbook is free to access on; a traditional print copy costs $35.

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