SparkNotes, LLC helps the students to understand books, write papers, and study for tests online. It offers summaries and insightful critical analyses, guides, college bloggers, college admission advice, financial aid, content, test preparation services, and flashcards online. The company also offers a platform to purchase various books online, including fiction, text, classic, used, and teen. SparkNotes, LLC was formerly known as Inc. and changed its name to SparkNotes, LLC in April 1999. The company was founded in 1999 and is based in New York, New York. As of March 19, 2001, SparkNotes, LLC operates as a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Founders:  Chris Coyne, Max Krohn, Sam Yagan