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BNED and OpenStax Partner to Expand OpenStax Catalogue of Open Educational Resources


Barnes & Noble Education, Inc. (BNED), a leading provider of educational products and services solutions for higher education and K-12 institutions, today announced a deeper partnership with OpenStax™, the Rice University-based publisher of open educational resources (“OER”). Beginning Fall 2019, OpenStax will include the Business Law textbook from BNC OER+ (formerly known as LoudCloud Courseware) in its catalog of open educational resources, which are available to all educators at no cost. The expanded partnership between the companies for such content collaboration will further drive affordability and accessibility for students nationwide.

“OpenStax is very pleased to include Business Law in our growing catalog of resources. Business Law is designed to meet the scope and sequence requirements of an introductory business law course and includes new assessment items provided by OpenStax,” said David Harris, editor in chief at OpenStax. “The peer review process reveals a resource that should serve instructors and students well at an appropriate level.” Harris adds, “We are excited to expand our relationship with BNED as they not only continue to support the sustainability of our efforts but also demonstrate their commitment to expanding the number of resources that are freely available to students under an open license.”

Currently, the OpenStax catalog covers various subjects including science, math, social sciences, humanities and business. The inclusion of the BNC OER+ Business Law textbook allows OpenStax to offer content for a more specialized discipline in its catalog. Business Law features 14 learning objectives, including basic American legal principles, sources and types of law, business ethics and social responsibility, as well as the impact of the U.S. Constitution on the business environment.

“OpenStax has been a great partner for many years, and we are thrilled to expand our relationship by providing full access to our Business Law content in their catalog in the open domain,” said Sesha Bolisetty, Head of Content Operations, BNED. “As more colleges and universities utilize OER in their efforts to drive down the cost of education, it is critical that they have access to the widest possible selection of high-quality digital course materials across various subjects. This course was developed from the ground up in partnership with faculty subject matter experts that specialize in this field. This will provide great value for faculty members seeking to implement more affordable course materials in their class.”

Faculty looking to include turnkey digital courseware in Business Law can adopt it directly from BNC OER+ by contacting their bookstore manager, visiting www.bncoerplus.com or contacting courseware@bnedloudcloud.com. To learn more about the subjects available in the OpenStax catalog, visit https://openstax.org/subjects. Business Law will be available for access through the OpenStax website this Fall.


Barnes & Noble Education, Inc. (BNED) is a leading provider of higher education and K-12 educational products and solutions. Through its Barnes & Noble College and MBS Textbook Exchange segments, Barnes & Noble Education operates 1,453 physical and virtual bookstores across the U.S., serving more than 6 million students and faculty. Through its Digital Student Solutions segment, the Company offers direct-to-student products and services that help students study more effectively and improve academic performance, enabling them to gain the valuable skills necessary to succeed after college. The Company also operates one of the largest textbook wholesale distribution channels in the United States. For more information please visit www.bned.com.

BNED companies include: Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, LLC, MBS Textbook Exchange, LLC, BNED LoudCloud, LLC, Student Brands, LLC, Promoversity, LLC, and PaperRater, LLC. General information on Barnes & Noble Education may be obtained by visiting the Company's corporate website: www.bned.com.


As a nonprofit education technology initiative that is supported by philanthropic foundations, OpenStax is committed to improving access to quality learning materials. In addition to free college textbooks, OpenStax also provides free Advanced Placement textbooks that are developed and peer-reviewed by educators, along with low-cost, personalized courseware that helps students learn. For more information, visit http://OpenStax.org.

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