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OpenStax Takes Open-Textbook Model International

September 12, 2017

High-quality, openly licensed textbooks from OpenStax will now be available to students in the United Kingdom, thanks to a partnership between the Rice University-based nonprofit and The Open University‘s UK Open Textbooks project. The international initiative, funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, is part of OpenStax’s mission to make its open-textbook model available to students all over the world.

OpenStax textbooks are expected to save U.S. students more than $145 million this academic year, and the publisher is hoping to do the same for U.K. students, the company said in a news release. “Our goal is to bring affordable course materials to as many students as possible, so international expansion is an exciting and intuitive next step for us,” said OpenStax Managing Director Daniel Williamson in a statement. “By its nature, openly licensed content is meant for adaptation. This project will allow us to research which pieces of our model work well in an international context and which pieces can best be adapted to meet the specific needs of U.K. students.”

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