New OA textbook intiatives from Florida

Two related OA textbooks initiatives from Florida:

  • In May, Governor Charlie Crist signed a bill (HB 7121) which created the Florida Distance Learning Consortium. The bill tasked the new consortium with, among other things, developing an “instructional content repository” and a “plan for promoting and increasing the use of open access textbooks as a method for reducing textbook costs”.

    That bill gave birth to the Orange Grove educational repository and the Open Acess Textbooks Task Force. The task force held its first meeting in July. The bill requires that the consortium submit the plan by March 2010.

  • On September 23, the consortium announced a collaboration with the University Press of Florida, creating Orange Grove Text Plus. OGT+ is an OA imprint of the press which uses the repository as its publishing platform. The imprint launched with 89 textbooks and 21 monographs from the press’ backlist, and plans to add more.