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OpenStax College collaborates to offer free online STEM text

By Laura Devaney
June 3rd, 2015

Nonprofit publishers plan to offer free introductory-level textbook title in spring 2016.

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OpenStax College and the American Society for Microbiology Press are partnering to produce Microbiology, a new introductory-level textbook due for release in spring 2016. Courtesy OpenStax College.

Rice University-based publisher OpenStax College and the American Society for Microbiology Press are teaming up to produce Microbiology, a new introductory-level textbook due for release in spring 2016 that will be free online and low-cost in print.

The collaborative publishing agreement — the first for each partner — will produce a peer-reviewed, open-copyright textbook. More than 300,000 U.S. college students take an introductory microbiology course for allied health majors each year, and the new book could save them an estimated $30 million over the next four years, according to Richard Baraniuk, the founder and director of OpenStax College and Rice’s Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

“Partnering with OpenStax College on this new microbiology textbook shows our interest in delivering the highest-quality scholarly content as broadly and accessibly as possible,” said Christine Charlip, director of ASM Press.

(Next page: More details on OpenStax College’s textbook plans)


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