Barnes & Noble has announced a partnership with Blackboard Learn to create a new e-learning software application for college students known as NOOKstudy. The software is designed as a comprehensive study tool for digital content, a place where students and professors can read, store, edit and manipulate e-textbooks, articles, notes and other online course materials. The application is free, and meant to be accessed and used from a PC or Mac.

According to the press release, the new application allows students

  • "access to all of their materials – eTextbooks, lecture notes, syllabi, slides, images, trade books and other course-related documents – all in one place, so their digital library goes wherever they go"

  • to "view multiple books and sources at once and offers access to complementary content (e.g. toolsets, reference materials, etc.)"

  • to "highlight and take notes that are searchable and customizable"

NOOKstudy is currently being tested at a handful of universities, and will become widely available in August.