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Eric Frank, president and co-founder of Flat World Knowledge, will testify to the Oregon House Subcommittee on Higher Education in support of a bill to create a textbook affordability task force, on February 22, at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem.
House Bill 2963 would require that the state Joint Boards of Education study ways to reduce textbook costs for Oregon college students through options such as open textbooks, which are freely available online. The findings would be presented in a report in October, 2012.
Flat World is a commercial pioneer within the growing open content movement to make educational materials freely available online and accessible to everyone. Under its open textbook model, students can read peer-reviewed and professionally-developed textbooks in their entirety online for free, or buy affordable print books, e-books for devices like the iPad and Kindle, audio books, PDF downloads and interactive study aids. Faculty are free to reorder and edit content, and add new material and interactive media.
Faculty at the University of Oregon, Portland State University, Concordia University, Eastern Oregon University, Southern Oregon University and Western Oregon University have used Flat World open textbooks, as well as educators at more than 900 institutions in 44 countries.
“As enrollments soar, tuition rates increase and education budgets shrink, legislators must focus on ways to reduce student costs, especially textbook costs—a huge financial burden for students. Open textbook initiatives are one of the best ways that industry, non-profits and policy-makers can collaborate to help students gain access to the education they need to realize their potential, and succeed in an increasingly competitive global economy.”
Eric Frank, president and co-founder of Flat World Knowledge
Flat World Knowledge is the largest publisher of free and open college textbooks for students worldwide. Committed to making higher education more affordable and accessible, the company provides students with free online access to complete, peer-reviewed textbooks, with options to purchase affordable print and digital formats, including e-books, audio books, PDF downloads and interactive study aids. Flat World’s open license and online editing platform enable professors to modify the content and create the “perfect book” for their course. To date, more than 1,600 professors at over 900 colleges in 44 countries have used Flat World open textbooks. To learn more, visit www.flatworldknowledge.com; follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/flatworldknowledge; and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/flat_world.
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