Cal State University Will Use Ingram's VitalSource Bookshelf® for Fall Pilot Program

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California State University will launch a digital textbook pilot this fall using the VitalSource digital content delivery platform. Beginning at San Diego State University, students will access e-textbooks through the VitalSource Bookshelf software.

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The Digital Marketplace, an initiative of the California State University Office of the Chancellor, announced plans today to launch a digital textbook pilot this fall using the VitalSource digital content delivery platform.

Starting in the fall 2010 semester, the pilot is planned to begin at San Diego State University and will be implemented through the university bookstore. Students will receive their content through the Aztec Bookstore portal, and will access their e-textbook titles through the industry-leading VitalSource Bookshelf® software.

“VitalSource gives us the ability to integrate directly with our established systems,” said Todd Summer, Director, Campus Stores Division, Aztec Shops. “That means students, whether purchasing on their own or using financial aid or scholarship funds, can continue to purchase content through the same channels and in the same manner as they have in the past. We believe VitalSource represents an important and exciting new option for our university communities.”

Dr. Gerard L. Hanley, Senior Director of Academic Technology Services for the California State University system, said: “VitalSource has been in the higher education space for many years. Their recent emphasis on making their platform accessible to all students was an important factor in our support of San Diego’s use of their technology.”

William Chesser, Vice President and General Manager of VitalSource, said the pilot program “represents a big step forward for digital content delivery in post-secondary education.”

“The Digital Marketplace is not only paving the way for new content options on their campuses, but they are doing so in a way that ensures their students get powerful, equitable options,” Mr. Chesser said. “We are proud that Ingram’s VitalSource is part of the effort.”

The Digital Marketplace is an innovative one-stop-shopping platform for the discovery, selection, authoring and acquisition of digital course materials. Priorities include improving faculty and student choice, improving accessibility of materials, and significantly reducing the cost of course materials. For more information, visit

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 Digital, 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 Ingram Marketing Group Inc. For more information, visit and

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