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Ingram’s VitalSource wants to acquire Verba to give students affordable access to textbooks

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The college textbook industry has no shortage of startups, from ebook company RedShelf to big players like rental service Chegg all the way to Amazon itself.

But a SF-based company called Verba, which has flown mostly under the radar since 2008, has weathered the slow change of the textbook industry.

VitalSource, the ed-tech arm of book distribution company Ingram is today announcing their intention to acquire Verba, which will remain an independent subsidiary and continue operating.

But what does stealthy Verba actually do?

Verba was started in 2008 to help students save money on college textbooks.

Over time, Verba began to offer tools to university book stores to check competing prices on textbooks so that they could offer more effective pricing to students.

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