Coles Notes are student guides to literature, published in Canada. The Coles bookstore first published Coles Notes in 1948. The first title published was on the French novella Colomba by Prosper Mérimée.
By 1960, Coles notes sales had peaked. They had over 120 titles, mostly on English novels; however, they covered other subjects including math, science and foreign languages. Coles Notes is currently owned by Indigo Books in Canada.
- I know that name!: the people behind Canada's best-known brand names from Elizabeth Arden to Walter Zeller, Mark Kearney and Randy Ray. Toronto: Dundurn Press, 2002. p. 64 (Googlebooks)
- Partial history of Coles Notes at the archived version of the Cliffs Notes website
- The Great Canadian Trivia Book 2, Mark Kearney and Randy Ray. Toronto: Hounslow Press, 1998. p. 214 (Googlebooks)