NASHVILLE, TN Ė As more students, educators and institutions adopt digital course materials for study, more booksellers, like Leading South African bookseller Van Schaik selects Ingram's VitalSource to power e-textbook offering to customers.
"Having served the academic market in Africa for nearly a century, we have a clear understanding of the needs of our unique customer base" said Stephan Erasmus, Managing Director, Van Schaik Bookstores. "We believe that e-textbooks are a growing and important part of the future of education, and working with a leader like Vital Source, we have the resources to enhance learning throughout Africa and meet the digital needs of the academic community today and into the future."
With a library division, online store and 55 stores, located on or near academic institutions, Van Schaik is the leading provider of academic resources in South Africa and Namibia. As e-textbook use in higher education continues its dramatic growth worldwide, the Vital Source reseller solution provides Van Schaik with tools to sell and deliver e-textbooks to its widespread customer base without costly infrastructure investments. Through the reseller program, Van Schaik will administer publisher and institutional relationships, content, contracts, orders, and financial management. Van Schaik's e-textbook offering is expected to launch in July 2012.
"Van Schaik was looking for a robust e-textbook solution that would serve even the most remote of its customers," said William Chesser, Vice President of Sales, Vital Source Technologies, Inc. "The VitalSource platform is a true online/offline e-book solution, with robust iOS and Android apps complementing Mac, Windows, and browser-based access. The multiplicity of access options is crucial in an emerging environment like South African higher education."
Van Schaik easily incorporated its online store and in-store kiosks with the VitalSource fulfillment engine through industry-standard web integration. Students and educators who purchase e-textbooks from Van Schaik enjoy all the benefits of the VitalSource platform including integrated download, online and mobile content options, advanced searching, and annotation, note-sharing, and accessibility features.
Becoming a reseller of the Vital Source solution allows Van Schaik's stores to consolidate their position as the key content service provider on campus. "They become the go-to local experts in e-content, and are able to help their client campuses solve not just content aggregation and access challenges, but the critical integration, finance, support, and training challenges that come hand-in-hand with migration to a digital education world," said Chesser.
"As resellers reshape their business and enhance their offering for today's students, the Vital Source reseller solution is perfectly suited to support those efforts," said Kent Freeman, Chief Operating Officer, Vital Source Technologies, Inc. "Using Vital Source, Van Schaik will connect more students and educators to the newest interactive learning tools and e-textbooks from the leaders in education. We are pleased to support Van Schaik in their efforts to make e-textbooks available to all that want them."
VitalSource, with more than 2 million users, is the most used e-textbook platform in education today. With a presence on 6,000 campuses in 180 countries, educators and students have access to tens of thousands of titles from the world's leading textbook publishers.
About Van Schaik
Van Schaik Bookstore is a leading supplier of academic, trade and reference textbooks in Southern Africa. With 55 stores in South Africa, an online store - www.vanschaik.com, a library division and a store in Namibia, our service is accessible to students, lecturers as well as professionals nationwide. We have more than 97 years of experience and are the largest specialist academic book chain in the South Africa. Van Schaik is part of Avusa Limited - a leading South African media and entertainment company, boasting prominent brands, innovative content, delivered across a variety of channels. Avusa is a public company listed on the Johannesburg Securities Exchange (JSE) Limited. For more information visit www.vanschaik.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., 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