Cengage Learning provides courseware, specialized content, print textbooks, homework and study tools, and e-learning services for businesses, educational institutions, government agencies, libraries, and individuals. Its offerings include online reference databases, distance learning and test preparation courses, corporate training courses, and materials for specific academic disciplines and business trades. Cengage, which operates in some 40 countries, offers educational products under brand names such as Wadsworth, South-Western, Course Technology, Delmar, Gale, and Brooks/Cole.
Cengage's other operations include textbook rental services offered through its CengageBrain.com. In addition renting print textbooks to students, the website offers e-textbooks, individual e-chapters, and audio books. The company's Gale division gives libraries and others access to 400 years and 10 million digitized pages of newspapers and periodicals through the NewsVault service.
Although privately held, the company reports revenue of around $2 billion.
Mergers and Acquisitions
The company has historically used acquisitions to expand its product catalog and to address specific content niches and trades. In 2011 Cengage bought the school publishing unit of National Geographic Society. The deal expanded the company's rights to distribute National Geographic digital and print content such as photos, articles, maps, and videos to educational institutions and libraries worldwide. The unit was combined with the operations of Cengage Learning ELT and rebranded as National Geographic Learning. The acquisition grew out of a partnership formed in 2007 between the two companies to produce English language learning material. – less