University of Helsinki’s publication service offers a fast and free of charge option to publish textbooks openly. Right now is a good time to think about the openness of the textbooks, as the new curriculum for 2023–2026 is being prepared.
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The Helda Open Books service at the University of Helsinki is a convenient way to make a new or sold-out textbook openly available to students. Right now is a good time to think about the openness of the textbooks, as the new curriculum for 2023–2026 is being prepared.
Many university teachers have already taken advantage of open access: Helda Open Books has published more than 40 books used as course literature (see the list of HOB textbooks). Teachers and book authors have shared their views on HOB publishing in a series of interviews on the Think Open blog.
Publishing requires permission from the authors and from the publisher and a suitable file (usually pdf). If necessary, the book can also be scanned at the library. The library’s HOB team will assist with any issues related to publishing: email@example.com. Check out also the HOB guide.
- Read also: The article (in Finnish) in the Think Open blog explains with examples what challenges (e.g. files, publishing permits) and opportunities (e.g. visibility) are involved in opening textbooks.