Blackboard and Ingram Announce Plans to Integrate VitalSource Bookshelf and Blackboard Learn

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Friday, July 13, 2012

Blackboard customers will soon have a powerful new option for delivering e-textbooks on their campuses. Today, Blackboard Inc. and Ingram's Vital Source Technologies, Inc. announced a global agreement to give students and faculty one-click access to Vital Source's industry leading e-textbook platform directly within Blackboard Learn™, the market's leading learning management (LMS) system. The planned integration would be available for users both online and for mobile devices.

"With the integration, there would be no extra software for users to install, no separate logins and passwords to remember," said Kent Freeman, chief operating officer of Vital Source. "You get immediate access to the digital copies of your textbooks, and they are an integral part of your Blackboard Learn courses."

With the planned offering, instructors would be able to preview and select textbooks, as well as pieces of content or learning objects and add them to assignments and activities directly in their courses in Blackboard Learn. In addition, faculty and administrators would be able to track e-book usage through analytics reports.

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