Free digital textbooks and e-books
These vendors are offering free access to course materials through the rest of the semester:
Redshelf Free eBook Access Program
"As the COVID-19 outbreak escalated in recent weeks, countless campuses have moved their on-ground courses to an online format and, in many cases, have asked students to leave campus altogether. Many of those students simply can't access previously-purchased materials now locked in their dorm rooms.
Through our RedShelf Responds initiative we are providing students no-cost access to digital textbooks for the rest of the semester, thanks to the generosity of our publishing partners."
Information and publisher list:https://www.about.redshelf.com/redshelfresponds
"To assist students at disrupted semester-calendar schools who are losing access to course materials due to Covid-19 campus closures, the companies below agree to offer access to etexts at no charge to students whose classes have moved online from March 16 through May 25, 2020. Students will be able to access the expansive catalog of etexts from participating publishers through the VitalSource Bookshelf app effective immediately"
Participating publisher listhttps://get.vitalsource.com/vitalsource-helps-full-list-of-participants?hsLang=en-us
For U.S. higher education institutions experiencing unplanned, mid-semester impacts due to COVID-19, Cengage is offering students free access to all our digital platforms and 14,000 ebooks through Cengage Unlimited, for the remainder of this semester.
Internet Archive "The Internet Archive offers over 20,000,000 freely downloadable books and texts. There is also a collection of 1.3 million modern eBooks that may be borrowed by anyone with a free archive.org account." You can search by any sort of metadata you'd like, and items can be borrowed (5 at a time) for 14-day-loan periods. I'm not 100% sure how many "copies" there are of certain titles, and some have you join a waitlist rather than being able to borrow the item immediately.
Oxford University Press
Free resources for instructors & students: resources that will help you and your students experience as little disruption as possible as you move to online teaching and learning.
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