Creating an Open Textbook

By: Robert Sanders  

This paper presents the experiences of a professor from a large U.S. university preparing and using a literary textbook available free of charge to students and teachers to use, adapt, and modify. The book is a brief anthology of Spanish Romanticism with a thematic focus on legends and archetypes, and includes a historical introduction and period-specific visual art. The paper discusses conception, focus, sources, layout, software, peer-editing, distribution, student reception, and professional review. This project is a small example of textbook publishing that gives more readers access to books, allows more authors to publish highly specialized books, and invites more people to modify and adapt books.

Textbook, Literature, Open-Access, Publishing, PDF, Ereader, Fair-Use
Publishing Practices: Past, Present, and Future
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

Robert Sanders

Associate Professor of Spanish, World Languages and Literatures, Portland State University, United States
United States

Associate Professor of Spanish with interests in language and literature pedagogy and the history of 19th and 20th-century Spain.