Monday, September 28, 2009

Orange Grove Text Plus > Accessible / Affordable / Adaptable

Orange Grove Text Plus (OGT+) is a joint initiative of the University Press of Florida and The Orange Grove, Florida’s Digital Repository. The goal of this partnership is to reduce the cost of books to students by offering texts that are affordable, accessible, and adaptable to reader preferences.

Orange Grove Texts Plus delivers access to a wide range of textbooks in a choice of electronic or bound book formats. These books are priced at 40-50% less than similar textbooks purchased at retail outlets, including online discounters.

OGT+ uses open textbooks which are free, online, open-access textbooks. The content of open textbooks generally is licensed to allow anyone to use, download, customize, or print without expressed permission from the author. Open textbooks are available online for free, so all students have equal access to the content. Open textbooks can also be downloaded and printed to accommodate different instructional preferences. OGT+ also includes a number of scholarly monographs offered for free online access by the University Press of Florida and collaborating authors.

How does OGT+ work?

For students:

Students will have the choice of how they want to access their textbook. Textbooks can be freely viewed and downloaded from The Orange Grove Repository, so many students may opt to read the text online. For those who prefer a hard copy, some or all of the downloaded pages can be printed for free on students’ own printers. Or, if they prefer, students can use the site’s one-click ordering to order a paperback copy of the book printed, bound, and shipped directly to their home for about half the cost of traditional textbooks.

For instructors:

OGT+ opens a new realm of possibilities for customized classroom material. Instructors can now use OGT+ textbooks in their entirety. Instructors can add a link to the online version of their textbook directly into their course web page within their learning management system. They will also be able to access additional materials in The Orange Grove, which gives them the flexibility to create and consume information presented in text, audio, video, animation or other multimedia files.

As soon as funds are available, instructors will also be able to customize the text to meet their particular teaching needs by selecting and/or rearranging the chapters. In the future, instructors will be able to do additional customizing, omitting superfluous information, and even include their own materials. Each new version of a text book will have its own unique ISBN.

What books are available?

OGT+ currently offers 89 textbooks and 21 scholarly monographs for free online, with more titles added on a continuing basis. The available books cover a wide range of topics and curriculum areas. A complete list of texts currently available in The Orange Grove can be viewed here.

OGT+ will eventually include a large selection of content from UPF’s backlist of more than 1600 titles and may eventually include books developed specifically for this imprint.



OGT+ Frequently Asked Questions


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>>>Orange Grove Resources (885 results)
Resources in a range of subject areas. Most resources are available to the public.

>>>Broward College Resources (1,369 results)Content managed by Broward College. Some content may be offered only to specified users.

>>> Open Textbook Resources (113 results)

 This collection contains open textbooks (textbooks that are freely available with nonrestrictive licenses), web-books, and Orange Grove Text Plus resources.

>>> Seminole Community College Resources (230 results) Content managed by Seminole Community College. Some content may be offered only to specified users.

Open Textbooks [Resource Page]
  • What are open textbooks?
  • Open textbooks currently available in The Orange Grove (PDF, 299 KB)
  • Open Access Textbook Task Force
  • Open textbook webinars and presentations
  • Other open textbook initiatives and events underway in Florida
  • Open textbook information and resources

News Coverage

Florida Lightens the Financial (and Physical) Burden of Textbooks / Ben Terris


New Initiative Offers Florida College Students Free Digital Versions Of Pricey Textbooks / Shannon Colavecchio


!!! Thanks To The Chronicle Of Higher Education For The HeadsUp !!!

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