Appendix C: OpenStax Textbooks in Pressbooks

Last update: Sep 23/21





See the Pressbooks Directory for a list of OpenStax books that have been added to Pressbooks.

Each of the 33 OpenStax textbooks in the B.C. Open Textbook Collection has a Pressbooks copy that was created in 2019.

The OpenStax collection contains a total of 59 books. Missing from the BCcampus Pressbooks collection are AP (Advanced Placement) books, translations, and first editions for which second editions have been released.

Links to Pressbooks copies can be found in the B.C. Open Textbook Collection by locating the record page for a specific OpenStax textbook and clicking on the “Editable” label under Get This Book on the right-hand side of the textbook’s web page. A second click to “Editable: Pressbooks copy” completes the task. Use the keyword “OpenStax” to reveal all OpenStax textbooks posted in the B.C. Open Textbook Collection.


In 2018, these OpenStax Pressbooks copies were created by BCcampus with an ‘OpenStax import plugin’ that has since been retired. This plugin made the creation of OpenStax Pressbooks copies manageable. Without the plugin, it is not feasible for BCcampus to update the OpenStax Pressbooks copies found in the B.C. Open Textbook Collection.

When we post new editions of OpenStax books in the B.C. collection, we still link to the Pressbooks copy, even if it is an old edition. However, we label it as “1stedition” for clarity. Here is an example: Psychology – 2e (OpenStax)

In 2020, OpenStax converted the editable versions of their books to Google Documents. These files are restricted to instructors who must create an instructor/educator account with OpenStax in order to gain access. Once this account has been approved, verified instructors must go to the Instructor resources section of  the targeted book where they may request access to the document by section through its Customization Form.

Custom copies

B.C. and Yukon instructors and staff who have created accounts on the free BCcampus B.C. Faculty Pressbooks (and anyone with a Pressbooks account) can create personal copies of these OpenStax books by following instructions found in Add Content.

Because the OpenStax importing process wasn’t perfect and resulted in formatting errors, directions by each copy recommend that the online Pressbooks version of these books not be used in the classroom. Instead, students and instructors are encouraged to link to the original OpenStax online version provided on the record page.


Copyright, licensing, ISBNs, citing information, and redistribution instructions are listed at the bottom of the home page for each OpenStax Pressbooks copy. While textbook content is openly licensed, the OpenStax and OpenStax CNX names, logos, and book covers are not and may not be reproduced without the prior and express written consent of Rice University. For this reason, textbook covers are not posted in the Pressbooks copies.

Hardcover copies of OpenStax textbooks can also be purchased from Vretta, a Toronto-based distributor. Prices are posted in Canadian dollars.


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