B&N Ed Retires Its Digital Textbook Platform, Replaces It With VitalSource

B&N Ed Retires Its Digital Textbook Platform, Replaces It With VitalSource Barnes & Noble Education Textbooks & Digital Textbooks Following two years of torturing students with a mostly non-functional platform, B&N Education announced on Tuesday that it was throwing in the towel.

The company announced in its quarterly filing that it was shutting down Yuzu and replacing it with a rebranded Vitalsource:

The Company has established a long-term relationship with VitalSource, a global leader in building, enhancing and delivering digital content. This collaboration will allow the Company to significantly lower its future digital expenses. "Our relationship with VitalSource will provide for a seamless transition with a Yuzu branded product, ensuring students continue to have an excellent digital reading experience and access to a broad digital catalog," said Mr. Roberts.


Great. This is a platform which should never have been inflicted on students. It was slow, never worked well, and frequently crashed just when students needed it the most.

B&N should have killed it a year ago, or even better never released it in the first place, but at least they are finally correcting their mistake.


In related news, the other B&N is also killing off digital platforms this month. The retail half of B&N announced last week that it is shutting down the Nook App Store and Nook Video, and pulling out of the UK ebook market.

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8 Comments on B&N Ed Retires Its Digital Textbook Platform, Replaces It With VitalSource

  1. Will the last one out of the building please turn off the lights…

  2. B&N Education is a separate company by now, right?
    It’s hard go keep up with B&N’s broken field running…

  3. Great move by BNED. This connects the dots between the student buying their own books through BN College stores and the great functionality of the VitalSource App and Platform. They also reap the benefits of Ingram’s CourseSmart programming (kudos to Gary Clarke) which is inside VitalSource. Both BNED and Ingram are stronger because of the deal.

  4. B&N failed to mention that Yuzu books purchased through B&N affiliated institutions only work on IOS or Android devices and are unavailable within the Vitalsource Bookshelf which runs on Microsoft devices, unless purchased a second time through Vitalsource.

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