Many factors go into selecting a textbook for your course, but an increasingly important factor to consider is student access.
The textbook publishing market is changing. UC Library is finding that some publishers are offering increasingly restrictive and expensive licenses for e-textbook that limit the number of users and/or chapter downloads. Some publishers will not sell e-textbooks to the library. Others publishers will not sell e-textbooks individually, thereby putting pressure on library budgets by requiring institutions to pay for textbook access for all students.
Selecting an OER textbook for your course will ensure all students will be able to access the textbook. OERs (open educational resources) are freely available, openly licensed educational materials that can be linked in LEARN and added to the library catalogue. There are many repositories online for finding OERs: this page identifies useful repositories for each college, showcasing several textbooks as example of open textbooks.
If you have any questions, or would like assistance in identifying an appropriate open textbook for your course, please contact your Subject Librarian.