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Abstract. The importance of collaborative electronic textbooks in the context of Open Educational Resources has been growing worldwide. This paper presents an state-of-the-art analysis of collaborative methodologies necessary for the shared creation of collaborative books, with a more specific attention given to open academic textbooks. This paper explore the academic literature of general concept of collaboration to more specific task of collaborative writing and example of successful initiatives of open textbooks around the world. The main conclusion of this study is that the any methodology for such creation should depend heavily on the conformation and cultural context of the writing group.