A biology book published by Pearson's Benjamin Cummings branch (Image credit: Mike Seyfang)

Pearson Education is an international publishing and technology corporation that publishes educational textbooks and other materials, including multimedia resources for students and professors. The company was originally founded in 1998 when it bought out Simon & Schuster’s education division from Viacom. Pearson Education is based in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey. It also has offices in San Francisco, Boston, Indianapolis, Columbus, Glenview, Illinois, and Chandler, Arizona. The company is actually owned by Pearson PLC, which is based in London and has offices in and Oxford and Harlow, England. Pearson currently has over 40,000 employees.

The following college textbooks have been produced by Pearson Education:

Black American Males in Higher Education: Diminishing Proportions (Diversity in Higher Education) by Henry F. Frierson (2009)

Joining Together: Group Theory and Group Skills (10th Edition) by David W. Johnson and Frank P. Johnson (2008)

Exceptional Lives: Special Education in Today’s Schools (5th Edition) by Ann Turnbull, H. Rutherford Turnbull, and Michael L. Wehmeyer (2006)

You can find and compare prices for these and most other textbooks published by Pearson Education by searching for the title of them on Textbooks.org.

In 2007, Pearson partnered with four other publishing companies to create CourseSmart, a separate privately held company that provides digital textbooks and course materials to college students and faculty. CourseSmart has a catalog of more than 20,000 textbooks currently in use at institutions of higher education in the United States. This represents approximately 90% of all textbooks that American college students currently use. Many of these materials are available both online and off-line, offering students many options on when and where they can access their textbooks. The company also has different versions of these textbooks available to accommodate the variety of computers, tablets, and smartphones used by students. Many books are accessible on the iPhone and iPad.

Other technology products produced and maintained by Pearson include:

– Course Compass (includes extensions to the Blackboard platform)

– MyMathLab and MyStatsLab (online and interactive teaching and learning systems)

– Pearson LearningStudio (a digital Learning Management System)

– Mastering Platform (a homework assessment system for college students and professors)