Perlego raises $50M to build out its vision of being the ‘Spotify for textbooks’

Spotify helped pave the way for a new model for consumers to listen to music: pay a monthly fee to stream whatever you want, with no need to own any physical or digital versions of it. Now, a startup

Perlego raises $9M Series A for its textbook subscription service

Perlego, the textbook subscription service, has raised $9 million in Series A funding. Backing the round is Charlie Songhurst, Dedicated VC, and Thomas Leysen (Chairman of Mediahuis and Umicore). Perl

Top Hat takes on textbook publishers with the launch of its content marketplace

What it launched back in 2012, Toronto-based Top Hat (or “Top Hat Monocle,” as it was still known then) offered a phone-based classroom response system but little else in terms of content

Amazon Continues Its Higher Ed Book Sales March At Purdue, Offers Staffed On-Campus Pickup

Amazon debuted a program that seemed both inevitable and unthinkable earlier this year, depending on your perspective, when it teamed with UC Davis for a unique school-specific storefront that provide

Chegg Strikes Distribution Partnership With Ingram Books, Announces 15% Boost In Earnings From Digital Services

Student textbook resale site Chegg has struck a strategic partnership with Ingram Content Group today. Said to be the world’s largest distributor of books, Ingram will acquire a significant share of

Ingram Buys CourseSmart, As Two Largest eTextbook Players Unite, Point The Way To A Post-Textbook Future

Over the past few years, change has come to the textbook market in a big way. Chegg, one of the first companies to bring textbook purchasing and rentals online and reach a sizable audience, has begun

Despite High IPO And Solid First Quarter, Chegg Plummets As Investors Worry Over Long-Term Prospects

In November, eight-year-old education company Chegg debuted on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “CHGG.” In the days prior, Chegg had priced its initial public offering a

If You’re Buying Textbooks This Week, Get Educated, Not Schooled

When a semester's worth of textbooks can add up to a couple (or three or four) hundred dollars, hitting the checkout line at the campus bookstore is a distressing experience for many students, to say

Google To Launch Play Textbooks In August, Partners With 5 Major Publishing Houses

At its <a href="https://techcrunch.com/2013/07/24/live-from-googles-mystery-announcement-with-android-head-sundar-pichai/">Android and Chrome event in San Francisco today</a>, Google announced that it

Inking New Deals With Pearson And Elsevier, Inkling Nets $16M From Sequoia & More To Digitize The World’s Textbooks

With the word beginning to quietly leak out last week (<a target="_blank" href="http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1493667/000095010313003913/xslFormDX01/primary_doc.xml">thanks to its regulatory

As It Moves Beyond Rentals To Become A Student Hub, Chegg Brings 2.5M Textbook Solutions To iOS

<a target="_blank" href="http://www.chegg.com/">Chegg</a> has long been known as a textbook company, becoming one of the first companies to bring textbook rental online and reach widespread adoption.

Open Ed’s Business Woes: Textbook Pioneer Flat World Knowledge To Revoke Free Access To Texts

Founded in 2007, Flat World Knowledge was one of the early pioneers in the move to bring free and open access to textbooks to students and educators. The independent publisher offered its learning con

Ebook Publisher Inkling Launches Its Own Online Store: An Amazon For Illustrated Learning Content

Since its launch in 2009, <a target="_blank" href="https://www.inkling.com/">Inkling</a> has been on a mission to reinvent publishing for the mobile, digital era by building engaging, interactive lear

SimpleTuition Acquires Textbook Marketplace ValoreBooks To Help College Students Save

<a target="_blank" href="http://www.simpletuition.com/student_loans_home">SimpleTuition</a>, a company that offers online tools, tips and advice to college students to help them save money on educatio

Kayak For Textbooks: How BIGWORDS Raised $80M, Went Bankrupt, Then Got Profitable Again

In 1998, seeing an underserved niche in the textbook market, Jeff Sherwood and his three co-founders launched BIGWORDS. By the beginning of 2000, they had grown from a team of four to a team of 250, h

Amid Lawsuits From Publishers, Boundless Launches A Free, Open Alternative To Textbooks

Since it first appeared earlier this year, Boston-based educational startup <a target="_blank" href="http://www.boundless.com/">Boundless</a> has been on a mission to ensure that college students have

Kno Expands Beyond College, Partners With Houghton Mifflin To Bring Digital Textbooks To K-12

Founded in 2009, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.kno.com/">Kno</a> began its career with ambitious plans to disrupt education with a little mobile hardware -- by developing a tablet that was tailo

Rafter Scoops Up HubEdu To Help It Challenge The Textbook Industry

<a target="_blank" href="http://www.rafter.com/home">Rafter</a>, a new edtech company formed from the rebranding of popular textbook rental service (and Chegg competitor) <a target="_blank" href="http

New Hope For Open Source Textbooks

A college textbook can cost a staggering $200. Over four years of study, students can easily spend thousands of dollars on books on top of a hefty tuition. The situation is not much better in publi

Nature Publishing Group Officially Launches New Interactive Textbook

Last spring I wrote about Nature Publishing Group's plan for a <a href="https://techcrunch.com/2011/05/24/would-you-like-a-49-electronic-college-textbook-with-lifetime-updates/">$49 electronic textboo
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