With more textbooks offering an e-version of the book, college students had to create separate user names and passwords to access the information. This may no longer be necessary. In a recent announcement, the online learning platform giant Blackboard has partnered with several college textbook publishers. This collaboration will allow Blackboard to offer a wider range of services for its learning management system. According to an article in The Chronicle for Higher Education, Blackboard's new partnership allows textbook companies to offer their e-textbooks through Blackboard.
According to the article, this collaborative effort could allow students to access the needed materials from their e-textbooks through Blackboard's learning management system. Students, however, will still purchase their textbooks and rights to the e-version from the bookstore. Instructors view this new partnership as a more streamlined way of integrating the resources available through the e-textbook and the grade tracking feature of Blackboard.
You can read more at The Chronicle for Higher Education.