Textbooks shouldn’t bankrupt our school system. Textbooks account for a sizeable chunk of the budget in any school board. Furthermore, there are many subjects in which the subject matter changes or at least evolves before the books are even in the hands of students.
In addition to the textbook dilemma, students should be able to have access to literature to read. Following is a few of the many sites where teachers and students can get involved with the creation and use of open-source textbooks, as well as a few sites where students and teachers can access many ebooks that are in the Canadian public domain.
Wikibooks is a wikimedia collaborative community for creating, editing, and sharing free open-source textbooks.
Open Text Book – http://www.opentextbook.org/
Another collection of textbooks that anyone can access, and redistribute!
Books Should be Free – booksshouldbefree.com
Just a quick note to check out this site. It offers thousands of audiobooks that can be downloaded in MP3, iTunes, and iPod formats. The site is easy to search and has a ton of books – some of which are still read in school.
The Gutenberg Project – http://gutenberg.ca/
A collection of ebooks that are in the Canadian public domain, and are therefore available for free download. Copyright in Canada generally lasts until 50 years after the end of the year of the author’s death.