Texas A&M to use Vitalsource for digital textbooks

Texas A&M University announced Tuesday that they've signed a contract for Vitalsource to provide digital textbooks to undergraduate students. From the press release:

Vital Source Technologies, Inc., Ingram Content Group’s leading e-textbook solution for publishers, academic institutions and students today announced an agreement with Texas A&M University- San Antonio (TAMU-SA). TAMU-SA has selected VitalSource Bookshelf® as its format of choice for e-textbook delivery for students.

TAMU-SA, one of the newest institutions in The Texas A&M University System, has integrated directly with Ingram’s VitalSource platform and is the first 2 and 4-year higher education school to integrate with VitalSource’s Blackboard Building Blocks™ application. This module built by VitalSource® will allow TAMU-SA to seamlessly deliver e-textbooks to students through the Blackboard Learn™ platform.

“We spoke with many e-textbook providers as we were exploring our options, and the combination of a unique single-sign on solution and the flexibility of the platform made VitalSource the right choice for us,” said Dr. Tracy Hurley, interim vice president for academic affairs and associate professor of management, Texas A&M University-San Antonio. “Because e-textbook delivery is integrated directly into our Learning Management System (LMS), the VitalSource platform enables us to efficiently distribute digital textbooks from the most renowned publishers to our faculty and students – we couldn’t be happier with the solution.”

Students in TAMU-SA’s MBA program as well as other select programs at the University will have full access to the VitalSource® platform. Students who use VitalSource will enjoy flexibility in accessing their course material when they need it, whether they are at home, in the classroom, or on the go - VitalSource is the only digital textbook platform providing synchronization across download, online and mobile delivery methods.

“We are delighted to be working with an institution such as Texas A&M-San Antonio, providing innovative e-textbook solutions to enhance the learning experiences of their students,” said William Chesser, Vice President of Sales, Vital Source Technologies, Inc. “A&M-San Antonio is one of our first customers in the traditional higher education space to leverage our complete solution - we see them setting a trend in higher education where more schools decide to opt for digital texts - not just for efficiency, but also for a superior student and faculty user experience."

VitalSource is currently delivering tens of thousands of titles from the world’s leading textbook publishers, including Elsevier, Pearson, Cengage, Macmillan, John Wiley and Sons, McGraw-Hill, Wolters Kluwer, Oxford University Press, Taylor & Francis, and many others.

ABOUT TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY-SAN ANTONIO
Texas A&M-San Antonio is part of The Texas A&M University System, one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation. A&M-San Antonio offers 19 upper-level undergraduate degrees and nine graduate programs with dedicated faculty and low student-to-teacher ratio. Located in the heart of San Antonio’s South Side, the university continues to experience unprecedented enrollment growth while raising the educational bar of the community.

ABOUT INGRAM
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., Ingram Digital, 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, and Coutts Information Services. For more information, visit http://www.ingramcontent.com

About Nate Hoffelder (11380 Articles)
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: "I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

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