In light of the current COVID-19 outbreak, New Jersey colleges have transitioned to online and distance learning programs to protect the health and well-being of students, faculty and staff. This sudden shift to online learning can prove challenging for students and faculty alike, particularly when it occurs in the middle of an academic year.
Basking Ridge-based Barnes & Noble Education Inc. joined VitalSource on Monday to support students impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. To help maintain consistency and ensure students are equipped to learn, BNED, VitalSource and other leading publishers are providing free access to eTextbooks through the remainder of the spring term.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has had an enormous impact on higher education at large,” BNED CEO and Chairman Michael Huseby said in a statement. “As a company serving all who work to elevate their lives through education, we feel strongly about doing all we can to support students, faculty and institutions during this time.
BNED operates more than 1,400 physical and virtual bookstores at campuses nationwide, and has partnered with VitalSource since 2016 to supply millions of students with eTextbooks and digital learning materials. Students at BNED campuses that have been closed down due to COVID-19 will now be able to access these eTextbooks free of cost to help them successfully complete their academic year.