NASHVILLE, TN Ė Vital Source Technologies, Inc., Ingram Content Group's leading e-textbook solution for publishers, academic institutions and students, and Chegg, the nation's leading online textbook rental company, today announced a comprehensive e-textbook program to complement Chegg's traditional physical textbook rentals.
The new e-textbook program from Chegg will allow students the option to purchase or rent digital books. Ingram's Vital Source, with 1.6 million registered users and a presence on 6,000 campuses in 180 countries, will power Chegg's digital textbook option.
"The addition of e-textbooks to Chegg's recently expanded digital initiative is one more way that we are helping students save time and money," said Nathan Schultz, Vice President of Content Management for Chegg. "Our collaboration with Ingram's Vital Source allows us to offer students an easy-to-use e-textbook platform with relevant digital options to help them succeed in school."
Mr. Schultz continued, "We spoke with many e-textbook providers but ultimately selected Ingram's Vital Source because of their extensive experience, the flexibility of the platform and their access to content from the world's most renowned academic publishers."
"From interactive e-textbooks to full curriculum solutions, Ingram Content Group is focused on ways digital technology can enhance learning and deliver trusted, respected resources to students," said David "Skip" Prichard, President and CEO, Ingram Content Group. "Our goal is to bring more content to more students in more formats, and we are doing just that through Vital Source. We look forward to working with Chegg to enhance the reading experience on campuses nationwide."
Vital Source is currently delivering tens of thousands of titles from the world's leading textbook publishers, including Elsevier, Pearson, Cengage, Macmillan, John Wiley and Sons, McGraw-Hill, Wolters Kluwer, Oxford University Press, Taylor & Francis, and many others.
The agreement with Chegg follows Vital Source's recent June 2011 acquisition of VPG Integrated Media, a leading developer of award-winning enhanced e-textbook and interactive applications. Ingram's Vital Source business unit, experiencing dramatic growth in both the number of users and institutions, recently added DeVry University to its prestigious list of institutions using its solutions.
Chegg, the number one online textbook rental company, is helping students on more than 6,400 campuses nationwide save time, save money and get smarter. Students can save hundreds by renting in a variety of ways: online at Chegg.com and Borders.com, from the Chegg iPhone app on select campus bookstores the Powered by Chegg program and its exclusive partnership with the Independent College Bookstore Association (ICBA). In addition, to help students succeed in their college career, Chegg has expanded its offerings to include CourseRank , a course scheduling tool, and Cramster, the leading provider of online homework help. As a part of the company's on-going environmental efforts, Chegg plants a tree every time a student rents through a partnership with American Forests' Global ReLeaf program. Since its founding in 2007, the company has grown into a respected and trusted brand used by college students and was recently named to Time's Top 50 Websites . For more information, visit www.chegg.com/.
Ingram Content Group Inc. provides a broad range of physical and digital services to the book industry. Ingram's operating units are Ingram Book Company, Lightning Source Inc., Ingram Digital, Vital Source Technologies, Inc., Ingram Periodicals Inc., Ingram International Inc., Ingram Library Services Inc., Spring Arbor Distributors Inc., Ingram Publisher Services Inc., Tennessee Book Company LLC, and Coutts Information Services. For more information, visit www.ingramcontent.com