Open Access Textbooks

West Virginia History: An Open Access Reader

West Virginia History: An Open Access Reader

Kevin Barksdale (Marshall University) and Ken Fones-Wolf (West Virginia University) assembled this collection of essays, mostly from the journal they edit, West Virginia History, to serve as a reader for courses on the Mountain State’s history.

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How To Read

We provide each of our textbooks in the following formats: HTML, PDF, and EPUB. An EPUB (electronic publication) is the most popular open, free electronic book format. EPUB files can be opened on systems such as Barnes and Noble’s Nook, iOS devices such as the iPad and iPhone, and the Sony Reader. Amazon’s Kindle does not currently support the EPUB format. Other devices that support EPUB formats include Moon+ Reader and Wordplayer on Android devices, apps such as Freda on Windows Phone 7, and Mozilla Firefox browser add-ons such as EPUBReader and Okular.

All three formats (HTML, PDF, EPUB) should be easily readable on most mobile devices and e-readers. But they can also be read on computers using iBooks on Mac OS X and Calibre for Mac, Windows, and Linux. There are also web browser-based EPUB readers, such as Google Play Books (you can upload your own EPUB files), and the browser add-on Readium.

We recommend the following applications and readers for viewing.

About Open Access Textbooks

Open Access Textbooks is an open access textbook project created through West Virginia University with the goal of producing cost-effective and high quality products that engage authors, faculty, and students. This project is supported by the Digital Publishing Institute and West Virginia University Libraries and is available in HTML, PDF, and EPub formats.

For questions or comments, please contact Cheryl E. Ball. For technical support, please contact Michael Bond.

Editorial Team

  • Cheryl Ball
  • Michael Bond
  • Tim Broadwater
  • Lisette Hernandez
  • Derek Krissoff
  • Cindy Libertore
  • Monte Maxwell
  • Than Saffel


  • Digital Publishing Institute
  • West Virginia University Libraries
  • West Virginia University Press

Contact Information

Open Access Textbooks at WVU

West Virginia University Libraries
1549 University Ave
Morgantown, WV 26505

General Information & Press

Cheryl E. Ball
Director of the Digital Publishing Institute
Phone: 304-293-3107

Technical Support

Michael Bond
Professional Technologist
Library Systems
Phone: 304-293-0340