B&N, Blackboard partner to better online study experience

ORLANDO, Fla. Blackboard and Barnes & Noble announced a partnership that aims to make it easier for millions of higher education students to access and use interactive e-textbooks as part of their online course experience.

Under the partnership, the companies said they will work to enable students to access and purchase e-textbooks and other course related materials directly in Blackboard Learn, the leading web-based teaching and learning platform. The effort will help streamline the ability for instructors to assign content from Barnes & Noble's vast catalog of over one million titles, including e-books, e-textbooks, relevant study aids, test prep guides, periodicals, and hundreds of thousands of trade and professional titles.

"This partnership will make it much easier for students to access the resources they need for their courses and leverage the best in interactive, digital content," said Matthew Small, chief business Officer at Blackboard. "This is part of our overall strategy to transform the way that students and instructors use and share digital content."