Generally, in the field of education, be it you are a student or a professor, you will surely need to do some sort of reference regarding your studies. Gone are the days, where one has to completely sail through the ocean of books at the library, to get just a single point clarified! The developed heights of the internet, has made this tedious task of searching to be the simplest one! This is how the Open Textbooks have had its intro. Anyone who is in the thirst of knowledge could use these sorts of books as a ready reckoner with the ease of surfing through the suitable sites.
Connotation of open textbook:
To define an open textbook, as its name itself makes it clear, these books are open to all for reference, distribution, copying and even editing in some cases. Therefore, an open textbook author is so liberal in waiving his rights and granting them to the readers of his book! Thus open book could be more precisely said to be openly-licensed textbooks, where you, who read the book, are licensed to edit it, share it, change its format, deal it out commercially or non-commercially without exhibiting the credit of the original author. Its free accessibility makes it stronger in content over powering the traditional textbook model!
Significance of open textbooks:
Statistics, very clearly points out that the growing inflation has its cruel impact on the student sector too, that they have to pay $62.97, which is calculated to be the average cost of just one textbook! Thus, open textbooks are making the concept of “textbook affordability” a possible one. These helpful books, by which the true realms of the education are just open to all classes of people, considerably reduce the cost of education.
Just as Nicole Allen, the Campaign Director for ‘Make Textbooks Affordable’ commented the open textbooks would bring out the best quality of education and even reform the textbook industry!
Difference between the traditional and open textbooks:
The main point of difference, which exists between the traditional online books and open textbooks, lies in the fact of accessibility. In the case of former books, the author has copyrights and you, as a reader have no right to edit it, but suggestions are welcome. This is not so in the case of open textbooks. The author himself, permits editing to be done, thus making the book more resourceful and updated. There is no need for the instructors to be keeping on amending their curriculum to the new edition as in the case of traditional books. When the matter in the books is refreshed automatically by open editing, where lies the need for buying and lurking for new books? Are not the open textbooks more advantageous?
To sum up, the open textbook is indeed bliss for the parents of the student sector, who need not be spending their money to get the required books. Also for the teaching sector as they get the latest details wanted. With the growth of internet and other web-based facilities, the open textbooks will also be on its steady strand of rise, emerging to be an ingenious book of revised information, making our people more erudite!