LitCharts Acquired by Course Hero

|Jun 10th, 2021

Tyton Partners represented LitCharts in its sale to Course Hero.

LitCharts, the creator of literature resources used by more than 50 million students and teachers to develop and support a better understanding of literary texts, has been acquired by Course Hero, the online learning platform that enables college students and educators to contribute and access academic resources.

LitCharts is working to make literature more accessible to readers at every level. More than 50 million students, teachers, parents, and general-interest readers turn to LitCharts to get everything they need for everything they read. In creating LitCharts, co-founders Ben Florman and Justin Kestler tapped into their experience as the original editors of SparkNotes to take a totally new approach to analyzing and explaining literature. Using side-by-side summaries, theme analysis, and interactive data visualizations, LitCharts helps teachers teach literature and helps students learn it.

“We created LitCharts to make all forms of literature more accessible to readers everywhere,” said Kestler. “Joining the Course Hero community and platform offers a unique opportunity to expand our reach and deepen our impact on the learning and teaching of literature around the world.”

Course Hero is on a mission to help students make every study hour count, and graduate confident and prepared. Course Hero’s online learning platform now offers more than 60 million course-specific study resources created by and for students and educators, as well as 24/7 tutor help. The range of learning materials includes practice problems, study guides, textbook solutions, videos, class notes, and step-by-step explanations for every subject. More than 65,000 faculty across the U.S. and Canada use Course Hero to share their resources with the community, collaborate with other faculty, and hone new strategies for instruction.

“The popularity of LitCharts among not just students, but educators, reflects the rigor and responsibility with which the LitCharts team creates new ways to unpack and explain complex texts,” said Andrew Grauer, co-founder and CEO of Course Hero. “This is about doing more than simply enabling students to access the academic discourse. It’s about designing resources that actually strengthen understanding and confidence as they dig into increasingly complex texts. It’s about providing teachers with new tools to help students visualize and understand the relevance of literature.”

Read the full press release here