So you’ve probably seen the meme about Bill Gates and his wife offering textbooks for free through their website, OpenStax. This is not quite, exactly true but it is close. OpenStax is a free textbook resource that anyone can access.
The site does feature textbooks, for free, that can be downloaded as PDFs or viewed on the web. You can also pay a small fee (comparative to the cost of most textbooks) to order a physical copy of the book.
The part that isn’t quite as it seems is that this isn’t a free for all textbook depository. There are very specific open source textbooks created to work with existing curriculums if your professor chooses to use them. If you’re studying on your own or you have a forward thinking prof, it’s awesome! But it certainly will not help EVERYONE. Still, a great concept that has the potential to help quite a few people with the rising costs of higher level education. Check out the website, download some free texts.