The story I researched this last week for LERN and our 5,000 members was almost unbelievable.
I had predicted for years that for-profit education providers, who once (e.g. Christopher Whittle) tried to take over K-12 elementary schools, and who still garner huge tax payer monies in higher education (e.g. University of Phoenix), would pursue profit over the best interests of our 1,000 continuing education programs, members of LERN, in nonprofit schools and colleges.
It appears, and correct me if I am wrong, that Cengage, the parent company of both Ed2Go and Gale, is offering Ed2Go classes to library patrons free while colleges and universities are charging money for the very same classes. The move to offer classes for free under the Gale name gained national steam just in the last few months. LERN members from Maryland to Alberta reported that their local public libraries are now offering the Ed2Go classes for free, competing with them.
A local librarian told me that indeed her library patrons get into the same classes as students who paid through a continuing education unit at a college or university. The library pays an annual fee to Cengage for the classes to be free for their library patrons.
So Ed2Go is essentially competing with very same colleges and universities in which they partner. It's just another example of how the for-profit education providers take advantage of public tax payer supported institutions for their own profit.