Barnes & Noble Announces Nook Study Site with Cheap Textbooks
Just in time for students to start thinking about how much plasma they'll have to sell in order to buy textbooks this year, Barnes & Noble has announced a new arm of the Nook e-book store that gives students a way to get eTextbooks and other study materials online for a cheaper price.
Barnes & Noble's new NOOKstudy platform promises to provide a well stocked library of digitized textbooks for up to 40 percent less than those sold in the bookstore , according to a statement released by the company.
NOOKstudy will work on both Macs and PCs and offers more than just cheap textbooks. The service includes class materials, study aids, test guides and access to industry publications from just about every profession that can be studied in school. Teachers can even get into the service and offer lecture notes, syllabi, presentation slides and more.
"NOOKstudy is a big win for college students: it will not only lighten their backpacks, but also help them save money and study more efficiently," said Tracey Weber, executive vice president of Textbooks and Digital Education, in a company statement. "NOOKstudy is a revolutionary approach to learning that offers students access to the reading and organizational tools they need, across all content sources and formats, enabling them to study smarter, not harder."
The eTextbooks are intended to be just as useful as the real thing, with built-in highlighting and annotating features. Moreover, those notes and highlighted sections are fully searchable, a feature many students over the years would have loved during those long nights of study, flipping through page after page trying to find that one note scribbled in the margin.
NOOKstudy is already in use at a few universities, including Pennsylvania State University; University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Queensborough Community College; and Rochester Institute of Technology, but a full rollout to all students is planned for August. Those wanting to register for the service now (students and teachers alike) can do so through www.NOOKstudy.com.
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