Ingram acquires CourseSmart

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Vital Source Technologies, part of Ingram Content Group, has acquired the assets of digital textbook provider CourseSmart.

'By integrating the strengths of CourseSmart with Vital Source, we are creating an extensive global sales channel for publishers and bringing the best in digital learning technology and accessibility to the higher education community. We are strengthening our services in the higher education market and reinforcing our commitment to helping publishers, institutions, educators and students navigate the evolving landscape of digital learning and succeed by providing them with content in any format,' commented John Ingram, chairman and CEO, Ingram Content Group.

According to Ingram, CourseSmart’s strengths in inventory, instructor sampling and analytics will be integrated with Vital Source’s reader platform and global, scalable distribution network. By combining the two organisations, Vital Source hopes to offer the world’s largest digital content catalog and provide better digital content solutions for the higher education community. 

CourseSmart was founded in 2007 by Macmillan, Cengage Learning, John Wiley & Sons, McGraw-Hill Education and Pearson with the goal of providing instructors a better textbook evaluation service. 

Customers of both CourseSmart and Vital Source are not expected to experience any immediate changes to their service. All products and services will be maintained and supported until the full system integration occurs, say the companies.