RALEIGH, N.C., Nov. 2, 2005 - Students download music, check their grades and pay their bills with a few key strokes. Now, law students have the option to use digital study guides too.
VitalSource Technologies Inc. and Thomson West, the premier provider of integrated information solutions to the legal profession and business within The Thomson Corporation (NYSE: TOC; TSX: TOC), announced today they are offering the Concise Hornbook(R) Series study guides in VitalBook(TM) digital format at select college bookstores and online at the VitalSource Store.
"Many law students continue to value the portability and permanence of traditional print study guides," said Tim Blevins, vice president and general manager of West's Legal Education Group. "But new generations of law students are increasingly expecting greater compatibility of the study materials they depend on with the technologies they have grown up using. Our partnership with VitalSource extends the utility of West's premier law school study materials and gives law students more freedom to choose the materials that best support their work."
The digital Concise Hornbook Series enables law students to use study guides in ways they never have before. Students can do keyword and phrase searches, take notes and highlight electronically.
Unlike other digital book options, books in the VitalBook format are not tied to a Web site, and students can access them whenever they turn on their computers. Students purchase the study guides and can use them as reference materials for years to come.
"We are thrilled to be working with West to fulfill the promise of more options and greater value for law students," said Frank Daniels III, president and CEO of VitalSource. "We believe the VitalBook functionality gives students all of the benefits of a digital product without the drawbacks of having to be online or having their access expire. West's Hornbooks will be a compelling showcase for our product's benefits."
Students can purchase the study guides from the VitalSource Store online. The VitalSource store is accessible through the VitalSource Bookshelf(TM) application, available as a free download at http://www.vitalsource.com/betterbooks.
About Thomson West
Headquartered in Eagan, Minn., Thomson West is the foremost provider of integrated information solutions to the U.S. legal market. Thomson West is a business within The Thomson Corporation (NYSE: TOC; TSX: TOC) and was formed when West Publishing and Thomson Legal Publishing merged in June 1996. For more information, please visit the Thomson West Web site at west.thomson.com.
VitalSource is a leading provider of digital content solutions in education. The company enables publishers, distributors and other partners to create and deliver textbooks and other content directly to users' computers in its proprietary VitalBook file format under a variety of scenarios, ranging from custom curriculum solutions to private-label bundled products, as well as single textbook and promotional content delivery to students and faculty in both secondary and post-secondary educational settings.
VitalSource has enabled leading publishers and distributors to deliver over half a million commercial textbooks in digital form since 2000. The company is privately owned with headquarters in Raleigh, N.C. For more information on VitalSource, please visit http://www.vitalsource.com. For media inquiries, please contact email@example.com.