An article from eLearniningInside giving some background to the Affordable College Textbook Act (H.R. 3840/S. 1864) in America and a recent commitment from Congress to fund a pilot project in the area.
With regular complaints about the high cost of textbooks, the Act aims to reduce the cost of textbooks at U.S. colleges and universities by encouraging the use of OER and open textbooks.
You can read the "Open Educational Resources Could Finally Be On the Horizon" article at eLearningInside News.