The University of North Georgia Press (UNGP) celebrated its newly-published free and open textbooks at a book event during the University System of Georgia (USG) Teaching & Learning Conference in April.
UNGP has published four free and open-licensed textbooks supported by the USG and eCore titled: World Literature I: Beginnings to 1650; Writing the Nation: A Concise Introduction to American Literature, 1865 to Present; Understanding Music: Past and Present; and Laboratory Manual for Introductory Geology.
UNGP has also leased three previously published low cost textbooks to Affordable Learning Georgia, making the digital versions of the following books available for free: The Basics of American Government; Contribute a Verse: A Guide to First Year Composition; and Principles of Macroeconomic Literacy. The total student savings is estimated at $3.1 million within the next two years.
"All of these textbooks have been expert-authored, double-blind peer-reviewed and editorially reviewed through UNGP," said BJ Robinson, director of UNGP. "The textbooks cover courses with high enrollment in the USG that lack quality options in pre-existing open textbooks to support them."