Oak Brook, Illinois November 20, 2001 Follett Higher Education Group, the nation's leading college store operator, announced that later this month it will become the first higher education bookstore to offer study guides and other ancillary course materials in both Microsoft and Adobe eBook formats. efollett.com opened earlier this year with popular eBook titles in Microsoft Reader format and today also announced that it has added thousands of new titles in Adobe Acrobat eBook Reader format as well. By adding eBook study guides to efollett.com students can buy and download study aids when needed to prepare for their courses, assignments and exams.
Higher education publishers participating in the initial launch with eBook study guides at efollett.com eBookstore include Thomson Learning Higher Education Group, Wiley Higher Education, Houghton Mifflin College Division and Bedford, Freeman and Worth Publishers. Follett is working with OverDrive, Inc. to support course material conversion into eBook formats and inventory and digital rights management services through Content Reserve. Other higher educational publishers are also preparing to sell their eBook study guides through the efollett.com eBookstore.
"Thomson Learning is pleased to be working with Follett to deliver valuable study aids to students in electronic format through the efollett.com site. This partnership reflects our commitment to using technology to provide students with better access to the tools they need to succeed in their studies," said Ron Dunn, President & CEO, Academic Group, Thomson Learning.
"Our partnership with efollett.com is a good example of how Wiley Higher Education is taking advantage of the online platform to add value to our textbooks and help teachers teach and students learn," said Bonnie Lieberman, Senior Vice President, Higher Education at John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
"efollett.com has expanded its use of eBook technologies to further enable students to locate and access information for course and exam preparation," stated Gary Shapiro, Follett Higher Education Group Senior VP Intellectual Property. "With the recent addition of eBook study guides to efollett.com, we now offer students options to purchase digital study materials anytime, anywhere including support for new wireless and mobile devices," Shapiro added.
"Today's college students seek easy round-the-clock access to quality, multi-platform study guide materials to help them make the most of their learning experience, " said June Smith, executive vice president of Houghton Mifflin's College Division. "Offering students enhanced learning materials on efollett.com reflects Houghton Mifflin's commitment to helping students accomplish their academic goals by providing content on a variety of platforms."
Students can download Microsoft Reader and the Adobe Acrobat eBook Reader at no charge from the eBooks tab on http://www.efollett.com/.
About Follett Higher Education Group
Follett Higher Education Group is the leading contractor of campus bookstore services and the foremost supplier of textbooks and other course materials in North America. Follett serves more than four million students and over 300,000 faculty through more than 680 stores. Follett's virtual bookstore, efollett.com, is the leading Internet provider of educational products and services for higher education. Follett's mission is to help all college bookstores become world class, multi-channel academic retailers and to support higher education by being the preeminent provider of academic and collegiate products and services.