Nothing – using OpenStax textbooks is completely free and doesn’t require filling out your details. It will always stay this way because OpenStax Poland is a non-profit organization which aims to provide access to the highest quality educational content.
Who can use OpenStax textbooks free of charge?
Everyone – both students and lecturers, as well as everyone who is looking for the best quality academic textbooks.
How to use OpenStax textbooks?
All you need is a computer, mobile phone or a tablet with a browser and internet connection. You will find a list of available titles in the “Textbooks” bookmark. Once you’ve chosen a textbook you can access the web view or download a PDF. There is no need to download any software, create an account and most importantly, there is no need to pay.
OpenStax textbooks, including Polish versions of ‘University Physics’, ‘Psychology’ and ‘Principles of Microeconomics’ are free, open educational sources. Using OpenStax textbooks is completely free and legal. The material is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license (CC BY 4.0). It makes all the content accessible to anyone without restriction. Any author can use that content, share it with others, or create a derivative work that is customized and personalized for their context without any charge. The only condition is that you refer to the source.
I am a University lecturer and I want to include OpenStax textbook in the list of recommended reading for students. Do I have to inform you about it?
No, it isn’t obligatory, although we invite you to fill in the questionnaire available HERE. Information regarding the number of students using our textbooks helps us to gain funds to reach more students. Information given by lecturers allow us to draw up a conclusion regarding the number of OpenStax users, which therefore lets us estimate how much Polish students can save by having the access to free textbooks. We are happy to send you a bibliographic note – please contact us.
I’m a student, however OpenStax textbook isn’t on my reading list. Can I use it regardless?
Certainly! OpenStax textbooks are open educational resources. Accessing them is open and free for everyone.
Do I have to register to access OpenStax textbooks?
No, it isn’t necessary. All OpenStax textbooks are free and available for everyone. However, if you decide to open a free account at www.openstax.org, you will be given access to additional functionalities such as: highlighting selected fragments, adding notes and printing out the content with your comments. The list of functionalities is constantly being expanded. Both creating an account, as well as using additional functions available after logging in are free of charge and do not involve any additional commitments.
Who is the author of textbooks published in Polish?
All information regarding our textbooks, including the list of authors, reviewers, translators, publication date and the ISBN number you will find by clicking on the miniature book in the “Textbook” bookmark.
How are OpenStax textbooks created?
The publishing process is preceded by the market research. We check, how popular a subject is, we collect lecturers’ feedback regarding the original, English OpenStax textbook, and we analyze the cost of adapting American publican to the needs of Polish students. Professionals and subject representatives and involved in every publishing stage – including translation, adaptation, editorial, revision and the peer review. You will find the list of authors and translators by clicking on the miniature book in the “Textbook” bookmark. We work closely with OpenStax based in w Houston, USA. Textbooks published by us are part of the free online library at www.openstax.org.
What are open educational resources?
Open educational resources, OER are freely accessible resources (textbooks, courses, lesson plans and other), shared for free with the right to further use and adopt them. (from: http://koed.org.pl/). Open educational resources are either published under free licenses (such as Creative Commons) or they have been moved to the public domain. It means they are completely legal. At no cost you can download, copy, distribute, translate or adapt to meet cultural standards. Creating and distributing open educational resources aims to enable equal access to knowledge for all. If you want to find out more about OER – we are inviting you to visit Coalition of Open Education , an agreement between non-governmental organizations working within the field of education, science and culture that we’re a member of.
Textbooks on this site are licensed under a Creative Commons- what does that mean?
All textbooks on this site are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0). It allows you not only to use, download and copy for free, but also to modify your own copies of the book without paying any fees. As a result, lecturers can use OpenStax resources and adapt the content of textbooks to meet requirements of a particular class. Our requirement is that you provide the source. Correct attribution of authorship: OpenStax Poland, [textbook title], www.openstax.pl
Can I order print copies of 'University Physics'?
OpenStax doesn’t sell print versions of our textbooks. Our publications are available online and can be downloaded as PDF. All OpenStax textbooks are free. We provide print versions of ‘University Physics’ to chosen University libraries. Ask a member of Staff in your library if the OpenStax is available there.
My library doesn’t own a print version of ‘University Physics’
If you’re a librarian and ant to find out how you can get a print copy of ‘University Physics’ – contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Who finances OpenStax Poland?
OpenStax Poland is a NGO, independent and non-profit organization. Our foundation is financed by institutional and private donors. To find out who is involved in our project go to the “Support us” bookmark. If you want to help us publish more free textbooks – go to the “Support us” bookmark.
How can I support you?
Our foundation is financed by institutional and private donors so if you want to help us publish more free textbooks- go to the “Support us” bookmark. You can also help by spreading the world about OpenStax textbooks. If you’re a lecturer- recommend our textbooks to your students and fill in a questionnaire available HERE. If you’re a student- let everyone who can benefit from using OpenStax textbooks know about us. If you think there’s something else you can do to help us develop our foundation – contact us:email@example.com. We would love to know what we can do together to bring down educational barriers.
I've found an error in your textbook- where can I report it?
Go to the “Textbook” bookmark. After clicking on the miniature of a chosen book you will go to the page with the most important information about a textbook. There’s an „Errata” at the bottom of the page- click on the “Report a change” to access a form. Our textbooks are digital which makes them easy to amend. We do it regularly and we publish updated versions. If you want to receive information on erratasign up to our newsletter.
Which textbook will be published next?
The editorial team is currently working on the Polish translation and cultural adaptation of “Principles of Macroeconomics” textbook, which will be published in fall 2023 (to find out more on how OpenStax textbooks are made- click HERE). If you want to receive information about what we are up to sign up to our newsletter and follow us on social media:Facebook and LinkedIn.