Open SUNY Textbooks

Principal Investigator:

Cyril Oberlander, SUNY Geneseo

This project funds an innovative and collaborative pilot to develop Open SUNY textbooks and develop the venture partnerships to sustain open textbook publishing among SUNY institutions. The grant provides incentive funding to invite faculty to create open textbooks during a pilot phase that builds a community of practice for creating cost-effective course readings, engages libraries in publishing service and infrastructure, promotes academic reusable content models, explores student roles in publishing, and utilizes a hybrid distribution model. Participating libraries are from SUNY Geneseo, SUNY Brockport, University of Buffalo, SUNY Upstate Medical, SUNY ESF, SUNY Fredonia, with support from SUNY Press. During fall 2013, the Open SUNY Textbook program will publish 15 free online textbooks, thanks to the support from a SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology Grant (IITG) and library funding, and the time and talent of librarians and consultation by SUNY Press.

Co-PI’s and Key Partners:

Charles Lyons, University at Buffalo
Open SUNY Textbook participating Libraries or IT: The College of Brockport, SUNY ESF, SUNY Fredonia, SUNY Geneseo, SUNY Monroe Community College, SUNY Oswego, SUNY Upstate, and University of Buffalo. SUNY Press serves as a consultant to the project.

Reports and Resources:

Journals and Press Articles:


Open Textbooks are a key strategy that can make access to college more affordable, can expand opportunities for learning across the globe, and develop critical support to build academic friendly publishing models that are sustainable and produce high-quality open educational resources.

Creative Commons License:

Attribution  Share Alike