Help Lower Textbook Costs for Students

open textbook illustrationAre you a lecturer or other member of staff in your institution who is concerned about the impact of high textbook costs on your students? Explore possible open textbook solutions by attending a two hour workshop and writing a short textbook review. Receive a £150 voucher for completing a review.

Did You Know…

  • The high cost of some course materials can impede students’ academic success. (We know from further research that having to work during term-time also can hinder student progress).
  • The National Union of Students estimates that the average student can spend over £1000 on textbooks and supplies, and research from the US shows similar amounts in 2015–16.
  • The cost of textbooks is rising at a rate of 4 times inflation.
  • 88% of students claimed to have skipped purchasing a textbook because of the cost and 9% claimed to have changed courses (UK research).

Open Textbooks

Open textbooks can help alleviate the burden of textbook costs for students and provide teaching staff with content that can be customised for their course. Open textbooks are full, real textbooks, used by many instructors in North America, and these books are licensed to be freely used, edited, and distributed.

What You Can Do

Attend the Open Textbook Workshop — a two-hour session where you can discover open textbooks in your field. After the workshop, you’ll be asked to write a short review of an open textbook from the Open Textbook Library. Your review will benefit other staff considering open textbooks. You’ll receive a £150 voucher for completion of your open textbook review.

What: Open Textbook Network Workshop
Where: W606
When: 10-12noon on Monday 4 December 2017
Who: The workshop will be led by Bea De-Los-Arcos, advocate of open education and partner on the UK Open Textbook Project (

Take 5 minutes to register for the workshop on Monday 4 December 2017 at 10-12noon by emailing Marion Kelt ( Capacity is limited and open textbooks are not available for all subjects. Preference will be based on textbook subject area availability.

If you have questions about this workshop or open textbooks, please contact Marion Kelt ( or Sheila MacNeill ( at GCU, or Bea De-Los-Arcos ( who will run the session. You can also visit the project website at or visit the Open Textbook Network who are partners on this initiative. This work is sponsored by the Hewlett Foundation.

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