There are an increasing number of Open Access books becoming available and we wanted to highlight a couple of places you can find these.
So to start with here are a couple of sites that include books from a variety of publishers.
The OAPEN Library is a platform that contains freely accessible academic books, mainly in the area of Humanities and Social Sciences, in a variety of languages. Check it out here:
The Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) has the main aim of “increasing the discoverability of Open Access books”, again in a variety of languages. Check it out here:
And you can at times find open access eBooks from various publishers sites as well. For example:
This is the Athabasca University Press who as well as giving the opportunity to buy paper copies of their books also have a “free PDF” link available for their titles. Take a look here:
There is also the O’Reilly Open Books project where they have made a selection of books available openly for people to access. While this is a limited collection it shows how some publishers are making selected titles open to access while continuing to make their main collection available to purchase. Take a look here: