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