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August 1, 2013 — In addition to this week's NewsBreak(s), the editors have compiled the Weekly News Digest, featuring stories from the week just past that you should know about. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today.

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VitalSource Bookshelf Offers Etextbooks to the Middle East and Africa

Vital Source Technologies, Inc., an Ingram Content Group company, partnered with Panworld Education to make the VitalSource Bookshelf available in the Middle East and North Africa. The VitalSource Bookshelf will sell and deliver etextbooks to Panworld Education customers looking for elearning solutions from the provider. Panworld Education will remain in charge of institutional relationships, content, contracts, and financial management, and VitalSource Bookshelf will handle all orders. Customers are able to download, search, annotate, share notes, and access mobile options on VitalSource Bookshelf etextbooks.

“Leading universities in the Middle East and North Africa, and countries represented by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), are transitioning to all-digital curriculums,” according to Gaurav Parwanda, Panworld Education CEO. “Educational institutions are looking to provide their students with digital content that can be accessed anywhere, anytime and securely, and the VitalSource Bookshelf platform is the right solution for us to help our customers do that.”

Education services in the Middle East now have $61 billion in projected worth and 53.6 million students by 2015, according to Ingram Content Group. Saudi Arabia now has an education budget of $54 billion.

Panworld Education customers can integrate with VitalSource Bookshelf using a variety of their existing learning management platforms and virtual learning environments.

Source: Ingram Content Group



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