Digital book developer Inkling has partnered with textbook companies Pearson and Elsevier to produce the digital editions of their books.
Inkling will create digital books for the two publishers that include interactive and rich media content such as audio and video. The partnerships will bring more than 1,000 new academic and medical titles to the Inkling Store. In addition to creating books, Inkling will also work as a distribution platform for Elsevier’s library of reference and learning content for both mobile and web.
To support Inkling’s growing consumer business, the company has hired three new executives. Gus Gostyla has joined Inkling as VP of business development, after working on business development for Flipboard. Hema Padhu comes from ModCloth to serve as Inkling’s new VP of marketing. Stephane Panier, a former GoodData and Google executive, has joined Inkling as VP of finance and operations.
The company also recently raised $16 million in series C investment, led by Sequoia Capital.