Amazon’s launch of a textbook rental service on Tuesday reads as major competition for the likes of Chegg and Kno, both known for their pure-play focus on providing digital and, in Chegg’s case, physical textbooks for college students, writes Constance Nuttall.

But the two are expanding their playbooks to deal with increased competition – Kno announced a pre-college service on Tuesday, while Dan Rosensweig,  Chegg chief executive, spoke to us about its service becoming much more than renting textbooks. Read more

What is it about used textbooks and top internet executives?

Thumbing through the dog-eared press releases of over the past few weeks, we see Dan Rosensweig, ex-Yahoo chief operating officer and Guitar Hero chief, arriving as president and CEO, Barry McCarthy, chief financial officer of Netflix, joining the company’s board and today, Gregory Stanger, ex-Expedia CFO, joining as chief financial officer. Read more