SDSU’s Montezuma Publishing partners with Symtext for digital content management
Montezuma Publishing (MP), the custom publishing division of San Diego State University’s Aztec Shops, has selected Symtext’s Liquid Textbook platform to manage its custom publishing and digital coursepack program at SDSU and other partner campuses.
MP, which serves over 25,000 undergrad and 5,000 graduate students at San Diego State University, as well as students from 12 other California colleges and universities, made the move in response to increased demand for custom digital learning materials. With the Symtext enterprise approach to custom learning materials assembly and distribution at its disposal, MP expects to increase its reach well beyond these schools in the near future.
Currently, MP produces over 100,000 coursepacks a year with active plans to expand its business. To meet that objective, a platform was required that addressed several needs:
- Promote MP’s role as the definitive custom publishing solution for SDSU students and faculty, as well as its other partner campuses.
- Provide seamless integration with existing MP custom publishing work processes.
- Access to advanced learning materials assembly and e-reading features such as optimization for iPad and Android devices.
- Multiple solutions for both billing and student access.
“The SDSU Bookstore and Montezuma Publishing have been offering digital solutions to students since 2006 and we continually look to add to and improve our offerings with innovative solutions,” says Todd Summer, Aztec Shops’ director of campus stores. “Symtext has offered us a unique opportunity in the course pack space, offering an innovative solution that we can use at SDSU and Montezuma Publishing’s other partner campuses.”
MP General Manager Kim Mazyck adds that the advanced Symtext platform is user friendly for students and faculty alike.
“Symtext can make almost anything, even scanned material, completely interactive,” says Mazyck. “Students will enjoy a quality, portable learning experience with our custom course packs. Full color print is expensive and faculty can now have an affordable, full color digital course pack that will enhance the student experience.”
Ian Barker, Symtext’s Founder, says, “Symtext’s Liquid Textbook platform and business model are changing the face of custom digital learning materials assembly and distribution. With a sophisticated yet affordable way for partners to reach more faculty and students more easily and less expensively, the benefits to students are clear: better learning materials solutions at affordable prices.”