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SparkNotes, originally part of a website called The Spark, is a company started by Harvard students Sam Yagan, Max Krohn, Chris Coyne, and Eli Bolotin in 1999 that originally provided study guides for literature, poetry, history, film, and philosophy. Later on, SparkNotes expanded to provide study guides for a number of other subjects, including biology, chemistry, economics, health, math, physics, and sociology. Until 2022, when SparkNotes Plus, a paid service, released, SparkNotes did not charge users to use all of its resources. SparkNotes receives revenue from advertisements. Barnes & Noble acquired SparkNotes.com in 2001 for approximately $3.5 million. History TheSpark.com was a literary website launched by four Harvard students on January 7, 1999. Most of TheSpark's users were high school and college students. To increase the site's popularity, the creators published the first six literature study guides (called "SparkNotes") on April 7, 1999.In 2000, the creators sold the site to iTurf Inc. The following year, Barnes & Noble purchased SparkNotes and selected fifty literature study guides to publish in print format. When Barnes & Noble printed SparkNotes, they stopped selling their chief competitor, CliffsNotes.In January 2003, SparkNotes developed a practice test service called SparkNotes Test Prep. This project was followed by the release of SparkCharts, reference sheets that summarize a topic; No Fear Shakespeare, transcriptions of Shakespeare's plays into modern language; and No Fear Literature, transcriptions of literary classics like The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Scarlet Letter into modern language.In April 2022, a paid service, SparkNotes Plus, released, locking many works from the No Fear Shakespeare series, their modern translations of Shakespeare plays, among other things, behind a pay-wall, and adding new features. Other features SparkNotes Test Prep provides content and services related to the ACT, and AP, GRE and PSAT/SAT I and II standardized tests. Barnes & Noble sells printed versions of the test prep study guides, as well as SparkCharts and other printed study materials, in the United States and at Chapters in Canada. The SparkNotes.com website also includes a section for students to search for colleges. SparkNotes has moved into educational publishing with books, such as Poetry Classics and FlashKids, a series of educational books for Kindergarten to grade 8 students. They also provide exercises for high school teachers. The free SparkNotes mobile app for the iPhone/iPod and Android offers: 50 pre-installed study guides in the app library Hundreds of study guides available for viewing online The ability to download any study guide to the mobile device for offline use The ability to share what one is studying and one's status by checking in with a customized post to FacebookCriticism Because SparkNotes provides study guides for literature that include chapter summaries, many teachers see the website as a cheating tool. These teachers argue that students can use SparkNotes as a replacement for actually completing reading assignments with the original material or to cheat during tests using cell phones with Internet access. SparkNotes states that it does not support academic dishonesty or plagiarism. Instead, it suggests that students read the original material, and then check SparkNotes to compare their own interpretation of the text with the SparkNotes analysis.In January 2019, site developers announced a complete redesign of the SparkLife section of the website in order to focus more on literature-related content. This announcement was met with a negative response from SparkLife users due to the removal of user-made accounts, blog posts, and comments. See also BookRags CliffsNotes Coles Notes Quizlet Schaum's Outlines Shmoop York NotesReferences External links Official website. Discover the Sparknotes popular books. Find the top 100 most popular Sparknotes books.

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Without Mercy (A Dakota Steele FBI Suspense Thriller—Book 1)

Ava StrongJune 14, 2022Get

MMA champ-turned-FBI Special Agent and BAU specialist Dakota Steele is as tough as they come—and as brilliant, too, able to crack serial killers that no one else can. But this new case is ...

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Herman MelvilleOctober 17, 1851Get

An Apple Books Classic edition. Herman Melville’s classic begins with one of the most famous opening lines in world literature: “Call me Ishmael.” Moby Dick was a commercial failure wh...

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Scarlett FinnApril 13, 2021Get

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Liberty Begins

Leigh JamesFebruary 13, 2015Get

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Mr. Nice Guy

Belinda WilliamsJune 28, 2021Get

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Chelle BlissJuly 31, 2018Get

This isn’t how fairy tales typically begin, but it’s where mine starts… No money, no phone, and abandoned on the streets of Chicago. With my baby in my arms, I wander into a bar in a s...

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Dakota CassidySeptember 24, 2019Get

An apple a day keeps the Goddess in play... Mythology buff Quinn Morris has always wanted to visit Greece, where her inner hardcore romantic envisioned proposing to her boyfriend. And she's ...

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AnonymousMarch 18, 2022Get

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Colleen HooverOctober 14, 2013Get

#1 New York Times bestselling author of It Ends With Us writes a free novella about the search for happily ever after. A chance encounter in the dark leads eighteen-year-old Daniel and the g...

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Matthew RyanOctober 1, 2014Get

Mr Taco is feeling sad, it’s not easy being a little taco when everything around you is so BIG! Luckily, Patrick has a few ideas to help his friend... ————  NOT YOUR REGULAR S...

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

L. Frank BaumMay 17, 1900Get

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Beverley OakleyMay 31, 2019Get

Abandoned at the altar, Max, Lord Belvedere believes he's evaded family obligation in favour of a life of adventuring in Africa. But his ailing Aunt Euphemia has other ideas. When Max finds ...

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Someone Else's Daughter

Linsey LanierOctober 29, 2010Get

Book I of the popular Miranda's Rights Mystery series by bestselling author Linsey Lanier.  A woman can never make herself too tough, too strong, or too street smart.  THE SEARCHIN...

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Blake PierceDecember 16, 2020Get

FBI Agent Ella Dark has studied serial killers from the time she could read, devastated by the murder of her own sister. With her photographic memory, she has obtained an encyclopedic knowle...

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Michael GordonJuly 8, 2019Get

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Ellen JacobsonMay 22, 2020Get

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The Bangover

Lili ValenteOctober 3, 2019Get

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Alison JamesFebruary 7, 2018Get

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In Light of the Summit

Jamie McGillenDecember 31, 2020Get

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Chelle BlissJanuary 15, 2019Get

Falling in love is supposed to be the easy part. But nothing prepared me for losing my wife. I promised her that I’d love again. Find someone to mend my broken heart. And that seems imposs...

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My Always One

Aleatha RomigJuly 27, 2021Get

MY ALWAYS ONE:  Friends to lovers stand alone When we were young, Samantha Anderson was the girl down the street. For as long as I remember, she’s been my partner in crime, in adventu...

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Rachael HerronOctober 22, 2021Get

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Ben LeightonFebruary 22, 2015Get

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A Lot Like Home

Kathryn CantrellMay 21, 2018Get

Destiny isn't a thing in her world. Smooth-talking strangers need not apply... Superstition Springs native Havana Nixon is convinced letting a big developer into their tiny Texas oasis is th...

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Outsmart Your Brain

Steven SchusterJune 8, 2020Get

What motivates us into doing or avoiding things? Why do our predictions not reflect reality?  Traditional economics claims humans are rational actors. But is this true? Think about the ...

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Persuasion

Jane AustenJune 16, 2020Get

Persuasion was published in 1817, six months after Jane Austen’s death, and is the last novel she completed in full. The novel tells the story of Anne Elliot, now in her late 20s, the daug...

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Olivia SandsJune 2, 2019Get

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Sarah PeisAugust 20, 2018Get

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Brenda BlanchardJanuary 5, 2021Get

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Layla Valentine & Ana SparksDecember 24, 2021Get

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The Cornish Village School - Breaking the Rules

Kitty WilsonJune 11, 2018Get

Rosy Winter is definitely not looking for love. Following heartbreak, Rosy has rebuilt her life in the beautiful Cornish village of Penmenna. Now headmistress of the local school, she is liv...

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Sun TzuOctober 4, 2010Get

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Right Time

Lexy TimmsFebruary 11, 2022Get

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Let's Talk About Hard Things

Anna SaleMay 4, 2021Get

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Today I Am Mad

Michael GordonSeptember 7, 2020Get

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An Acquired Taste

Kelly CainJune 8, 2021Get

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Jess MastorakosMarch 31, 2021Get

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Cynthia EdenJuly 13, 2021Get

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The Boss

Lexy TimmsJuly 23, 2015Get

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Sasha BurkeAugust 26, 2017Get

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Croc's Return

Eve LanglaisDecember 3, 2015Get

Welcome to Bitten Point, where the swamp doesn't just keep its secrets, it sometimes eats them. Take one deadly bite and, bam, a man's life is changed forever, or so Caleb discovers when a l...

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The Girl Outside: A Shocking and Gripping Psychological Thriller

James CaineJune 22, 2022Get

Her daughter has a dark secret. One that will turn their perfect small town upside down.  Now she's missing. Mandy Knox can't shake the gut wrenching feeling that something sinister hap...

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The Killing Game (An Alexa Chase Suspense Thriller—Book 1)

Kate BoldOctober 15, 2021Get

Alexa Chase, 34, a brilliant profiler in the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit, was too good at her job. Haunted by all the serial killers she caught, she left a stunning career behind to joi...

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Law of Attraction

Jordan HollisAugust 29, 2018Get

How to Finally Overcome the Hurdles of Manifesting Proven, effective and enjoyable ways to help you manifest faster… Right now, think of something that makes you successful. If you have so...

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Albert RutherfordJune 7, 2020Get

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Laura AnnMay 9, 2022Get

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Think and Grow Rich

Greg Habstritt & Napoleon HillDecember 23, 2010Get

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Jon HillOctober 5, 2021Get

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The Stationmaster's Cottage

Phillipa Nefri ClarkFebruary 14, 2017Get

Christie Ryan is happy in her life... or so she tells herself. Despite a tragic childhood, she has built a satisfying career and loves her city apartment. But deep down she yearns for a simp...

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Lydia MichaelsJanuary 20, 2017Get

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