January 23, 2022

U. of Minnesota’s Open Textbook Network Reports Student Savings of $1.5 Million From Open Textbooks

From the University of Minnesota:

Faculty from nine colleges and universities across the United States have saved their students an estimated $1.5 million in textbook costs to date by adopting open textbooks, the University of Minnesota’s Open Textbook Network (OTN) reported this week.

The OTN, created and run by leaders at the U of M’s College of Education and Human Development, is an alliance of schools committed to improving access, affordability and academic success through use of the open textbooks.

Open textbooks are funded, published and licensed to be free for students or available in print for a low cost. The U’s Open Textbook Library lists nearly 200 open textbooks in a number of subject areas.


The $1.5 million in student savings was reported by nine early OTN members, including California Polytechnic State University–San Luis Obispo, Cleveland State University, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, Ohio State University, Purdue University, University of Arizona, University of Minnesota, University of Northwestern St. Paul, and University of Oklahoma. Most of these savings were realized within the last year.

Over the past year, the Open Textbook Network has grown from seven to more than 25 members. In sum, these members represent 84 institutions nationwide.

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Direct to Open Textbook Network Info Page (Includes Member List and How to Join)

Track Legislation in U.S. Congress: S. 2176: Affordable Textbook Act

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See Also: First Meeting of the Open Textbook Network Set to Take Place Next Week (August 1, 2015)

See Also:  University of Minnesota Launches Catalog of Peer-Reviewed Open Source Textbooks (May 10, 2o12)

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.