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Pearson, Follett Partner to Offer Pearson’s Digital Direct Access Model to Follett’s Partners and 1,200+ Campus Bookstores

Partnership enables Follett’s partner institutions to provide students seamless access to Pearson digital content at significant savings

NEW YORK, Sep 13, 2016 – Pearson and Follett Higher Education Group, higher education’s largest campus retailer, today announced an agreement to offer Pearson’s Digital Direct Access (DDA) model to Follett’s college partners and 1,200+ campus bookstores nationwide. This collaboration builds on Follett’s comprehensive suite of digital solutions, providing institutions with a scalable, sustainable model to deliver Pearson’s high-quality digital content such as e-textbooks, MyLab™ and Mastering™ to students on the first day of class. In addition, DDA promises significant cost savings for students compared to the price of a new print textbook. More than 80 institutions have partnered with Pearson in 2016 to implement the DDA model.

“Follett continues to lead higher education retail with innovative content delivery and pricing models that help lower the cost of education and ensure all students, regardless of academic program and budget, have access to the materials they need for success,” said Jennifer Hatton, Vice President of Course Material Operations at Follett Higher Education Group. “DDA is yet another solution we can offer our partners to help them meet their student affordability and preparedness goals.”

Seamless, first-day delivery is made possible by Follett and Pearson’s technology integrations with campus systems and Follett’s BryteWave™ digital textbook reader. The agreement between Follett and Pearson also now provides faculty and administrators with access to valuable learning data. Visibility into students’ interactions with Pearson content will help educators assess instructional needs and inform and improve future instruction.

“Institutions need effective and sustainable affordability models that help drive down the cost of education for students and ensure access to critical learning materials,” said Tom Malek, Senior Vice President of Partnerships, Pearson. “By partnering with Follett, we’re making these pricing and delivery models available to all of Follett’s partners, increasing student affordability and access, and improving faculty access to real-time data and analytics.”

To learn more about how the transition to digital delivery of course materials and solutions can improve access, affordability, and achievement in higher education, visit this website. To learn more about Follett, visit

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About Follett Corporation |

For more than 140 years, Follett has been a trusted partner to preK-12 schools, colleges and campus bookstores, taking care of the critical details that make it easier for schools to run, teachers to teach, students to learn and fans to celebrate. A leading provider of education technology, services and physical and digital content, Follett currently works with 70,000 schools and operates more than 1,250 local campus stores and 1,600 virtual stores. With the 2016 acquisition of Baker & Taylor, LLC, Follett's reach also extends into the public library and global retail markets. Today Follett Corporation is the world's largest single source of books, entertainment products, digital content and multi-media for libraries, schools and retailers. Follett is a $3.6 billion privately held company headquartered in Westchester, Illinois.

About Pearson |

Pearson is the world’s learning company, with expertise in educational courseware and assessment, and a range of teaching and learning services powered by technology. Our mission is to help people make progress through access to better learning. We believe that learning opens up opportunities, creating fulfilling careers and better lives. For more, visit