New USG Free and Open Textbooks Announced

Affordable Learning Georgia (ALG) announces the release of five new free and open-licensed textbooks, produced by the University System of Georgia and published by the University of North Georgia Press. These textbooks have all been expert-authored, double-blind peer-reviewed, and editorially reviewed through the UNG Press. The textbooks cover highly-enrolled courses in the USG which do not currently have a broad range of pre-existing open textbooks supporting them.

Two MGA faculty members were involved in the creation of two of these textbooks: Dr. Amy Berke (Writing the Nation: A Concise Introduction to American Literature, 1865 to Present) and Dr. N. Alan Clark (Understanding Music: Past and Present). Faculty who teach in these areas may want to consider using one of these open textbooks as a free alternative to traditional textbooks currently in use.
For World Literature courses:
Compact Anthology of World Literature, CC BY-SA 4.0
World Literature I: Beginnings to 1650, CC BY-SA 4.0

For American Literature courses:
Writing the Nation: A Concise Introduction to American Literature, 1865 to Present, CC BY-SA 4.0

For Music Appreciation Courses:
Understanding Music: Past and Present, CC BY-SA 4.0

For Introductory Geology Courses:
Laboratory Manual for Introductory Geology, CC BY-SA 4.0

These five textbooks join our previously-produced US History I open textbook:
History in the Making: A History of the People of the United States of America to 1877, CC BY-SA 4.0


Affordable Learning Georgia has also leased the following three University of North Georgia Press textbooks for free digital access:

For American Government courses:
The Basics of American Government

For English Composition courses:
Contribute a Verse: An Introduction to First-Year Composition

For Macroeconomics courses:
Principles of Macroeconomic Literacy