Phase 2 of the project, which opens textbook submissions up to history and social studies texts, in addition to science and math. The parameters for Phase 2 are outlined here. If you're interested to know what the results of the first phase of the initiative were, check out the Free Digital Textbook Initiative Report.
Brian Bridges, the director of the California Learning Resource Network, participated in a chat on edweek.org a few weeks ago, where he talked about the review process that the digital textbooks go through, as well as what the future of digital textbooks may look like.
Short version of the video.
With the costs of higher education spiraling out of control, the rise of for-profit colleges, and more students enrolled in online classes than ever before, it's clear that a sea change is coming. People have more options for alternative education even as they continue to be priced out of traditional institutions. Anya Kamenetz describes the shifting landscape of higher education in this extended clip.
Inside Higher Ed article: Adapt or Decline