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OpenStax College publishes first iBooks textbook: College Physics

­OpenStax College has published College Physics, the first iBooks textbook that is based on a free, open-source textbook from Rice University-based publisher OpenStax College. The open-education resources (OER) publisher said it plans to create iBooks textbook versions of additional textbooks for heavily attended college courses from its growing catalog.

The dynamic, interactive iBooks textbook version of College Physics costs $4.99 and contains interactive graphics, videos, quizzes, demos and other added features that enable students to immerse themselves in the material.

“Millions of iPads are used in education today, and we want to offer the benefits of OER to every iPad user,” said OpenStax College director Richard Baraniuk.

OpenStax College’s next three titles — Biology, Concepts of Biology, and Anatomy and Physiology — will be completed in early 2013, and sample chapters will be available through the iBookstore this fall. Baraniuk said OpenStax College also has begun raising funds to develop free textbooks for algebra, chemistry, economics, U.S. history and psychology.

College Physics is available for $4.99 from the iBookstore on iPad or at the iTunes Store.