StraighterLine Chooses the VitalSource Bookshelf® Platform to Provide Anywhere, Anytime e-Textbooks for Online Students

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eTexbooks Enable StraighterLine Students to Instantly Access Content on Mobile Devices Using the Bookshelf App

The Bookshelf App makes it easy for StraighterLine students to get content where, when, and how they want it.

StraighterLine, the leading provider of low-cost online general education courses, has announced its digital textbook partnership with Vital Source, who offers the most advanced etextbook delivery platform in education, the VitalSource Bookshelf.

StraighterLine’s mobile-friendly e-textbook program launched earlier year, and has provided students with anywhere, anytime access to content. By using VitalSource Bookshelf, StraighterLine is providing e-textbooks from McGraw Hill to students taking online courses in science, math, business, humanities, English Composition and health and social sciences.

Says Burck Smith, StraighterLine’s founder and CEO, “Student debt is crippling, and the high price of college closes doors for students. StraighterLine is committed to lowering the cost of college and reducing risk for adult students. The Bookshelf App makes it easy for StraighterLine students to get content where, when, and how they want it.”

Convenient and mobile-friendly access to required learning materials will allow StraighterLine students to easily benefit from the time-saving tools built into the VitalSource Bookshelf platform, including:

Etextbook Online

  • Highlighter and note management
  • Cite/link feature - citation information for both MLA/APA
  • Can manage activated devices
  • Easy printing

Bookshelf App

  • Ability to download books to iPad, Kindle Fire, iPhone, Android etc
  • Syncing across devices - all highlighters/notes transferred
  • Book reader - text to speech
  • Highlighter and note management
  • Change Page Layout
  • Copy and paste content - can copy content (and images) into word docs
  • Easy Printing
  • Take reading on the go

eTexbooks are available for purchase with a StraighterLine course. The textbooks can be used online or they can be downloaded onto the students' preferred devices including smartphones, tablets and web enabled e-readers such as Kindle Fire.

About Vital Source

The VitalSource Bookshelf® platform is the most used e-textbook delivery platform in higher education. Vital Source Technologies has more than 500,000 titles available in distribution encompassing content from more than 750 educational publishers. Content is available to VitalSource Bookshelf users, including those living with disabilities, anytime, anywhere, and on a variety of operating systems and devices. For more information about Vital Source Technologies, visit http://www.vitalsource.com.

About Ingram

Ingram Content Group Inc. is a subsidiary of Nashville-based Ingram Industries Inc. The company got its start in 1964 as a textbook depository and has since grown and transformed into a comprehensive publishing industry services company that offers numerous solutions, including physical book distribution, print-on-demand and digital services. 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, Coutts Information Services, and ICG Ventures Inc. Learn more about Ingram Content Group at http://www.ingramcontent.com.

About StraighterLine

StraighterLine solves the #1 issue facing students today – the skyrocketing cost of college – with low-cost online courses that prepare students for success. Serving over 15,000 students a year, StraighterLine combines a $99 a month college course subscription with guaranteed credit pathways to accredited degree programs to save up to 60 percent on the total cost of a degree.

StraighterLine takes the worry out of credit transfer with a College Savings Network of nearly 100 accredited colleges that guarantee acceptance of StraighterLine courses.

Having also been evaluated and recommended by the American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT), StraighterLine courses will also be considered by more than 2,000 other colleges and universities for transfer to their degree programs upon request. For more information about StraighterLine, visit http://www.straighterline.com.

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