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Weekly News Digest

August 22, 2011 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today.

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Textbook Rental Firm Chegg to Add Etextbooks

Chegg announced it is significantly expanding its digital offering, adding more etextbooks and digital content to its emerging social education platform. In addition to textbook rentals, Chegg has rapidly enhanced its services, offering a fully integrated experience with digital services, including homework help, course selection, and class notes (through its recently acquired company Notehall). Its goal is to offer millions of print books and etextbooks to students by the end of the year. Chegg has partnered with a number of publishers to offer etextbooks to its students, such as Cengage Learning, Elsevier, F.A. Davis, Macmillan, McFarland, McGraw-Hill, Oxford University Press, Rowman & Littlefield, Taylor and Francis, and Wiley.

Students who download the etextbooks from Chegg will have an enhanced reading experience, complete with a one-click subject navigation. They will also be able to do all the things students have done for years with physical books, like highlighting, but with the added benefit of taking notes and searching directly in the book. Additionally, the etextbook offering will include a “read while you wait” tool, where students can access their textbooks online while they wait for their hardcopy textbook to arrive.

Chegg and Vital Source Technologies, Inc., Ingram Content Group’s etextbook solution for publishers, academic institutions, and students, also announced that 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.  

Source: Chegg and Ingram Content Group, Inc.

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