Barnes & Noble Launches eTextbook Store/Studyware

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Barnes & Noble is expanding the Nook brand beyond eReaders and is aggressively pursuing the eTextbook market.

The bookseller Monday announced software for students called NOOKstudy. It permits access to a new eTextbook store from a PC or MAC, so students may save money as eTextbooks are 40 percent less costly than hard cover bound versions, said B&N. NOOKstudy also offers study tools like the ability to organize notes taken on their eTextbook and search through these notes—a first time feature, says the bookseller. Students may also highlight text and customize their notes.

The software lets students view multiple eBooks and sources at once and access all their lecture notes, syllabi and other course documents from one place. NOOKstudy is already in use in university and college trials and will be rolled out for the 2010 fall semester. Students and professors can register for the software at www.NOOKstudy.com.

Source: Barnes & Noble

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