Barnes and Noble Education EDBRIEF 08 2015 EDUKWEST

EDBRIEF: Barnes & Noble Education plans EdTech Acquisitions

Barnes & Noble Education, the new spin-off company operating the college bookstores, plans to acquire digital businesses to accelerate its growth rather than just growing organically.

Trading under BNED, Barnes & Noble Education had its IPO on Monday. The company’s CEO Max Roberts stated that BNED has a competitive advantage over Amazon and Chegg with its 724 on-campus bookstores and deep relationships with faculty.

There is also room for growth with 52% of schools still operating their own bookstores. The IPO also gives Barnes & Noble Education the opportunity for M&A. Before the separation from the parent company, BNED invested in FlashNotes, a study notes marketplace.

BNED’s main competitors for the on-campus and textbook business are Amazon and Chegg. While Chegg is in the midst of completing its transition to 100% digital revenue, Amazon opened its first on-campus pick-up location at Purdue university in February.

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