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Student Notes Turn Into Big Business

What would college students pay to get their hands on the notes of straight-A classmates?

Boston textbook publisher Cengage Learning aims to find out by launching an online marketplace where students can sell lecture notes, exam study guides, and even video tutorials to their peers.

Billed by Cengage as “the Airbnb of education,” the marketplace is the product of a new partnership between a traditional publisher trying to reinvent itself and a Boston technology startup called Flashnotes, which already has raised more than $6 million in venture funding for its Web business that allows students at more than 900 universities to buy and sell study materials.