Appendix B: Post-Secondary PoD Services
- Simon Fraser University Document Solutions’ Print-on-Demand Shop provides printed textbook alternatives to digital versions of open textbooks. Books come in full colour or black and white, have attractive, perfectly bound colour softcovers, and are shipped via Canada Post. A link to this store is listed by each book in the collection. Answers to frequently asked questions about ordering print copies from the B.C. Open Textbook Collection are also available.
- On the Camosun College Bookstore Faculty Adoptions page, instructors are asked to identify course materials that are open educational resources.
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
- KPU has an on-campus option to purchase affordable print copies of open textbooks. The service is print on demand, which means that a student must prepay for their print copy before picking it up at the bookstore. Instructors are able to set up this service by using two existing procedures: the bookstore’s Verba Collect system and the printshop’s Course Manual Requisition form. KPU also provides a print on demand setup tutorial video.
North Island College
- When an open textbook is adopted by faculty, staff in the purchasing and print department help create a PoD file, which is listed like a textbook option on the course description, visible in the book search and the bookstore. If a student wishes to order a print copy, they go to one of the college’s bookstores and order and pay for it. The order is then sent to purchasing or the printshop, and the book is printed for that student and returned to the bookstore for them to pick up. Faculty provide information about open textbooks they’ve adopted to purchasing staff on their textbook requisitions. Purchasing then works with the appropriate departments on things like copyright and licensing in order to create the PoD file.
- For more information, contact email@example.com.
University of British Columbia
- UBC Bookstore lists “Open Educational Resources” on its UBC Instructors: Course Materials Resources page and provides a video for faculty wanting to adopt an open textbook or other OER. The video describes how faculty can locate OER and then use the bookstore online ordering website to select open textbooks so that students can easily locate required course materials at the bookstore before classes start. Additionally, instructors can request that OER be added to the course syllabus.
- For assistance or questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
University of Victoria
- The UVic Bookstore sells paperback copies of books and textbooks published by the University of Victoria’s ePublishing Services, which has adopted an open access business model by using Creative Commons licences that allow authors to retain copyright. All of their open access books are available as free PDFs on UVicSpace (UVic’s institutional repository). The UVic Bookstore’s page for open textbooks is where you can buy printed versions of open textbooks.
For more information, see the Post-Secondary Directory.
- eCampusOntario partners with the University of Waterloo to offer the Open Library’s print-on-demand service, which provides high-quality print copies of resources in the collection.
- Open SUNY Textbooks: Links to purchase print-on-demand copies of each of Open SUNY’s textbooks are provided (ordered through Amazon).