Safari Books Enhances E-Reference Service

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Sebastopol, Calif. — Jan. 31
Safari Books Online, an e-reference provider for on-demand learning, announced the addition of Web 2.0 community feature enhancements that enable individual and corporate subscribers to engage authors through commenting, reply and e-mail alert functions as authors develop manuscripts on emerging technology topics, known as rough cuts. Safari Books Online developed these feature enhancements to bring subscribers closer to rough cuts authors who are pioneering new technology innovations and applications. Rough Cuts manuscripts typically become available four to six months prior to the book publication and are updated as editors and technical reviewer’s progress.

Since launching the rough cuts content format in January 2006 with four titles, Safari Books Online has increased the average number of titles that are available at any given time to more than 20 and expects this number to increase significantly in the coming year. Current rough cuts content spans technology, design and business topics and include such titles as: iPhone Open Application Development, Architecting Database Models for SQL Server, SOA Design Patterns, Unleashing Microsoft Windows Vista Media Center, Essential ASP.NET AJAX Server Controls, Apache Geronimo: Enterprise Java Development and Deployment, Visual QuickPro Guide Adobe AIR, Adobe Flex 3: Training from the Source and Lessons from a Lean Consultant: Avoiding Lean Implementation Failures on the Shop Floor.

“Rough cuts is a very useful resource for professionals who need immediate access to content on emerging technologies before print publication,” said John Blossom, president of Shore Communications Inc., a leading publishing market analyst. “Many of the book titles covered by rough cuts offer new technical ideas for which little or no documentation exists. Putting evolving manuscripts into readers’ hands for early feedback and discussion transforms O’Reilly and Pearson publications into collaborative learning experiences when their content is at the peak of its value.”

Subscribers can purchase access to a single rough cuts title online and in PDF download form, pre-purchase the print book at a substantial discount, pay for the online-PDF-print book bundle or by becoming a Safari Library subscriber as an individual or through a corporate multiuser license.

Safari Books Online provides Safari Library subscribers with access to Rough Cuts, as well as the ability to search, browse, download and view the full-text of other types of content within Safari Books Online exclusive content collection. The collection comprises more than 6,000 books, 14,000 articles, short-form content briefs known as short cuts, certification guides and instructional video from dozens of leading publishers including the four top technology publishers based on 2007 Nielsen Data for U.S. retail sales: Pearson, John Wiley & Sons, O’Reilly Media and Microsoft Press. Executives in IT, learning and knowledge management as well as librarians license electronic reference libraries from Safari Books Online to provide their professionals and patrons with desktop access to Safari Books Online’s content collection.

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