McGraw-Hill Offers Digital Textbooks Through Metatext

Posted on April 4, 2001

McGraw-Hill Higher Education, a unit of McGraw-Hill Education, announced it has formed an alliance with MetaText, netLibrary's digital textbook division, to develop electronic versions of its college textbooks that will be ready for review this spring.

McGraw-Hill will make its digital-textbooks available through classroom websites created with its PageOut course management software, which is free to professors who use McGraw-Hill materials. PageOut has over 50,000 registered professors. Through PageOut, a student can view a professor's instructions and notes, take tests prepared by instructors, and directly link to a MetaText etextbook and other electronic tools, such as McGraw-Hill's Online Learning Centers, exercises and links to related websites.

MetaText will convert about 30 McGraw-Hill textbooks, covering a variety of subject areas including Economics, Accounting, Communications, English, Biology, Anatomy & Physiology and GeoScience. MetaText's production staff will digitize McGraw-Hill textbooks and make them available throughout the spring and summer for review and adoption by instructors at colleges and universities throughout the North America. Instructors will be able to adopt MetaText editions directly through McGraw-Hill Higher Education sales representatives and begin using the McGraw-Hill Metatext editions in the fall semester of 2001.

``This alliance supports our goal to provide cutting edge technology-based learning solutions to the higher education marketplace,'' said Ed Stanford, president of McGraw-Hill Higher Education. ``Providing our etextbooks through PageOut will make learning more efficient and effective by linking all learning materials in one online environment and enhancing communication between professors and students.''

``We are delighted to be working with McGraw-Hill to develop MetaText editions of many of their leading textbooks'', said Herb Hilderley, senior vice-president at netLibrary. ``Having the McGraw-Hill sales and marketing organization promoting these etext editions will assure that professors and students will quickly become aware of the many advantages they offer for teaching and learning.''