SOURCE: Rafter


February 28, 2012 11:00 ET

Rafter Discover™ Launches, Empowering Educators to Find, Compare, Review, and Share Course Materials and Adoption Decisions to Help Reduce the Cost of Education

First-of-Its-Kind Resource Uses Real-Time and Historical Data to Provide Transparent, Unbiased Access to Economic Trends, Adoption Patterns and Reviews for More Than 11 Million Textbooks

SAN MATEO, CA--(Marketwire - Feb 28, 2012) - Rafter, an education technology company that launched today to modernize course material management for colleges, also introduced Rafter Discover™ service available at Rafter Discover provides a wealth of information to educators never before assembled in one website. Tapping the company's eight years of adoption, bibliographic and economic data, Rafter Discover is a free, transparent guide to the adoption patterns, prices and content of more than 11 million textbooks and other course materials. Rafter Discover will also provide course material adoption information and reviews by educators across the country to enable them to share best practices and make more informed content adoption decisions.

Available to any educator for free, Rafter Discover supports Rafter's broader vision to connect students, educators and administrators and serve their content needs. Rafter Discover is the open, social site used by educators to share and learn from one another about the adoption of content in the educational space without publisher bias. Rafter Discover includes information on editions, publication dates, inventory, life-cycle, adoption patterns and current market pricing.

"Currently, educators don't have a comprehensive source of information on educational materials that is free of bias and can give them side-by-side comparisons of course materials," said Mehdi Maghsoodnia, CEO of Rafter. "Our team is excited to partner with campus leaders to be able to provide the tools and services required to help educators discover and adopt new types of content for their classes, share that information with the educator community and in turn improve the quality of higher education."

About Rafter
Rafter is an education technology company and the leader in course materials management. Rafter offers a cloud-based Course Materials Network (CMN)™ that enables schools to significantly improve the affordability, effectiveness and accessibility of their educational materials. The Rafter Network™ leverages the latest technology to connect students, educators, administrators and content providers -- changing the course content experience from a burden to a rewarding process for all constituents. Rafter partners directly with more than 500 schools to improve the educational experience for students. Rafter owns and operates, a destination site for students to rent and buy textbooks at up to 80 percent off. To date, Rafter has saved millions of students more than $175 million and counting and provided more than one hundred thousand books to children in support of early literacy. Rafter, headquartered in San Mateo, CA, is a privately held company. To learn more visit

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