Pearson Education And Netlibrary's Metatext Division Partner To Integrate Digital Textbooks With Coursecompass-Pearson's Leading e-Learning Platform

UPPER SADDLE RIVER, NJ and BOULDER, CO. -Pearson Education, the world's leading education publisher and a business of Pearson plc (NYSE:PSO), and netLibrary, Inc., the leading provider of e-Books and Internet-based content management services, today announced a partnership under which they plan to create digital versions of hundreds of the world's most popular college-level textbooks over the next twelve months. Among the titles planned for release in digital form are such best-selling textbooks as Kotler: Marketing Management; Campbell/Mitchell/Reece: Biology; Brown/LeMay/Bursten: Chemistry; Horngren/Harrison/Bamber: Accounting; and Parkin: Economics.

Under the partnership, Pearson Higher Education and netLibrary's MetaText digital textbook division will also integrate limited feature versions of these digital textbooks with products offered through CourseCompass-Pearson's customized version of Blackboard's highly successful e-learning platform. Pearson plans to make up to 100 digital textbooks available via the CourseCompass platform by the fall of 2001.

CourseCompass www.coursecompass.com is the first e-learning platform to enable educators to easily customize extensive Pearson content offerings and integrate them with the educational materials they develop themselves. Educators using the integrated Pearson/MetaText offerings will be able to manage their courses from a personalized CourseCompass home page. In addition, they can easily upload important course documents-from simple MS Word® documents to PowerPoint® presentations-by following simple, on-screen instructions and create links directly to the digital textbooks without having any HTML experience.

In the three months since its commercial release, Pearson's CourseCompass program has grown rapidly, currently supporting more than 200 of Pearson's textbooks with original content offered through the most successful and easy-to-use e-learning platform on the market today.

"For the first time, educators are in control of their students' online learning experiences. This new development combines an educator's own original material with Pearson Higher Education digital content, personalizing student learning in a way never before possible. Students have at their desktops continuity of online and print resources combined with embedded assessment and real-time feedback," said Jim Behnke, senior vice president and director of Pearson Education's Central Media Group.

The Pearson Higher Education/netLibrary partnership gives netLibrary the right to resell Pearson's digital textbooks through its e-Bookstore at www.MetaText.com . The plan to deliver digital textbooks-either directly or bundled with new printed textbooks available with CourseCompass-provides professors with greater choice and flexibility as they design and build their online courses. According to Herb Hilderley, senior vice president of publisher relations for MetaText, "Pearson's commitment to bundling MetaText editions with key titles is a giant leap forward in the evolution of the digital textbook market. Professors and students will now have the ability to see the power of the Web applied to some of the nation's leading textbooks."

The addition of digital textbooks to CourseCompass is the latest development in Pearson's plan to offer its customers more compelling and useful online content experiences. According to Behnke, "CourseCompass has had tremendous market impact this semester. The added convenience of digital textbooks should further solidify CourseCompass as the e-Learning platform of choice, especially among educators who do not consider themselves technologically sophisticated."

Through the collaboration of Pearson and netLibrary/MetaText, CourseCompass instructors can invent more effective approaches to reaching their students where they live-online. And since the digital textbook will always be accessible in CourseCompass, the connection between the online course and the relevant textbook content will be just a mouse-click away. Powerful resources such as full-text searches, links to relevant Web sites, and online glossaries will be easily accessible to students who will be able to maintain the continuity of an uninterrupted online learning experience.

About Pearson Education
With offices in 30 countries, Pearson Education is the world's largest education business. Its leading brands include, Addison Wesley, Allyn & Bacon, Benjamin Cummings, Longman, Prentice Hall, Pearson Learning, Scott Foresman, and NCS Pearson. Pearson Education is the global leader in online learning through its CourseCompass program www.coursecompass.com , 1,800 textbook companion Web sites, NCS Learn, and the InformIT portal for technology professionals. Pearson's Learning Network www.learningnetwork.com brings online education to all Internet users via four interactive networks: K-12, Higher Education, Professional Development and Lifelong Learning. Pearson is the global education business of Pearson plc, the international media group. For more information, visit www.pearsoned.com

About MetaText

MetaText was founded in 1998 to help publishers, instructors, and students harness the power of the information age. MetaText creates Web-based digital textbooks that provide instructors and students with a full range of interactive learning tools. Since its acquisition by netLibrary in March 2000, MetaText has utilized netLibrary's industry leading conversion and technology development capabilities to rapidly expand its digital textbook initiatives. For more information, go to www.MetaText.com.

About netLibrary

netLibrary is the leading provider of e-Books and Internet-based content management services. Hundreds of publishers of academic, professional, and scholarly books have adopted netLibrary's digital rights management infrastructure. netLibrary develops, archives, hosts, and securely distributes e-Books through a variety of channels, including academic, corporate, public, and school libraries. netLibrary e-Books are full-text searchable and available for use on personal computers in online and offline formats.

For further information

Pearson Education

 

Wendy Spiegel

 

Vice President, Communications

 

+44 (0)212.782.3482


wendy.spiegel@pearsoned.com

netLibrary

 

Herbert Hilderley

 

Senior Vice President, Publisher Relations

 

3080 Center Green Drive

 

Boulder, CO 80301

 

416-269-7373 (Toronto)

 

303-415-2548 (Boulder)


hhilderely@netlibrary.com

Manager, Corporate Communications

 

Telephone: 201-236-6550

 

Fax: 201-236-6549