As faculty, you assess textbooks against a set of criteria that reflects your long experience and knowledge of student needs. You do the same with Open Textbooks, but there are a few additional considerations.
o Accuracy of material
o Cultural context * Presentation
o Writing quality and tone
o Reading level
o Visual presentation
o Hierarchy of information
o Collateral materials
o Are the web pages for the textbook accessible? * Production options
o Is the book available in more than one format? Printed? Bound? PDF? * Platform compatibility
o Is the textbook viewable and usable on both MAC's and PC's? * Delivery options
o Is a bound copy available at a very low price? Will your bookstore be able to carry the printed version? * Interactivity
o If the online version includes interactive software or multi-media files, are they accessible and cross platform? * Consistency between online and printed presentation
o Are the online and printed versions comparable in organization and basic appearance?
o Will you be able to identify locations in either with minimal confusion for students?
* Collateral material
o If there are test banks, interactives, or other enrichment materials, are they in a format you can use?
o Free or very inexpensive?