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SimpleTuition Acquires ValoreBooks

In an acquision that has been largely known for a while, official word finaly will come today to confirm the purchase of Valorebooks.com by Simple Tuition. SimpleTuition has spent the last year expanding beyond the simple student loan comparison site that it once once. The company now offers credit cards, banking, payback and cost adjusters to help the college student compare financial aid awards and see which schools they can afford. (more…)

Three Thoughts on California’s Digital Textbooks Bill

TheTextbookGuru.com has been following this bill since it was introduced in 2011.  Last week the bill was unanimously approved and has been sent to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for signature.  Once signed it will be the Nation’s First Open Source Textbook Legislation.  Here are a few thoughts on the bill and why it matters. (more…)

Textbook Guru Interview: George Cigale, Tutor.com

As part of my interview series, I recently interviewed George Cigale, CEO and Founder of Tutor.com, for the Business Entrepreneur website Mo.com. You can catch the full interview here. Here are a few bonus features and facts, things not included in the the publication:

Online tutoring and homework help is a growing business. Tutor.com has been around since 1998, has annual revenue over $15 million, and is profitable. To date, the company has raised over $30 million in venture capital funding and drives most of their revenue from institutional contracts. (more…)

Welcome to the New Textbook Guru!

Thank you to everyone who has made TheTextbookGuru.com a success. I took some time over the past week to research and invest in upgrading the site. I hope you like the changes and I look forward to adding more content and sharing more industry insights. Your feedback is critical, please continue to share it. Remember that you can keep up with new posts via email (see the sign up on the right), Facebook, Linkedin, or Twitter.  If you see a post you like, share it with your friends.

–Jeff

eBook Review: Xplana

Fresh on the heels of our Flatworld Knowledge review, we are taking a look at another innovative textbook platform that is about more than just textbooks. Xplana is a platform launched two years ago by MBS Service Company Inc (a former employer of mine). intended to bridge ‘social networking and traditional elements of student learning to transform the way students manage their academic lives.” (more…)

Who’s Screwing Whom? – The Great Textbook / Bookstore Debate

As we’re in the midst of back-to-school rush, I’m reading some interesting industry-related articles and posts. While many are the standard “how to save on college, dorm decor, food, textbooks, etc.,” types of writings, a few more-detailed (and more honest and daring) posts have caught my attention. I wanted to take a moment to share them with you. (more…)