Adapt an Existing Open Textbook

In addition to cost to students, one of the biggest advantages to choosing an open textbook is that it gives faculty the legal right to add to, adapt, or delete the content of the textbook to fit their specific context without having to get additional permission from the copyright holder. The reason this is possible is because the copyright holder has granted permission using an open license known as a Creative Commons license. The license gives people the right to modify and reuse the textbook without the need for further permission.

But how do you go about adapting an open textbook?

In this section, we’ll give you some tips on how to adapt an existing open textbook.


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USask Open Textbook Authoring Guide - Ver.1.0 Copyright © 2016 by Distance Education Unit, University of Saskatchewan is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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