Safari Books Online Named 2008 Jolt Productivity Award Winner

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<strong>Sebastopol, Calif. &mdash; March 6</strong><br />Safari Books Online, a provider of digital libraries for information technology (IT) professionals and workgroups, announced that the company was named a 2008 Dr. Dobb&rsquo;s Jolt Product Excellence Awards finalist and Productivity Winner in the Websites/Developer Networks category. The Jolt Awards recognize the most innovative, trend-making and ahead-of-the-curve products that are universally useful and simple yet rich in functionality or solve a nagging problem in their product space. <br /><br />Safari Books Online was selected as a finalist from hundreds of nominees submitted in 16 different categories. Furthermore, the Jolt Award Winner and every finalist in the Technical Books category is accessible on Safari Books Online. Safari makes the full text of these books and thousands of others available within its digital libraries and also provides subscribers with access to prepublished book manuscripts on emerging technology topics, short-form documents and instructional videos.<br /><br />&ldquo;Being chosen as a Jolt Award finalist is further proof of Safari Books Online&rsquo;s value to developers &mdash; increasing productivity, supporting work on deadline-driven projects and staying informed about emerging technologies,&rdquo; said Jeff Patterson, CEO at Safari Books Online. &ldquo;Developers are the real innovators in many companies, and a key resource for competitive differentiation. Safari is pleased to be recognized as a top value-added online source of works from the most important technology publishers such as O&rsquo;Reilly, Prentice-Hall, Addison-Wesley, Microsoft Press, Sams, Que, Peachpit Press, John Wiley & Sons and others, which are key resources for these developers.&rdquo;<br /> <br />"This year&#39;s Jolt finalists, including Safari Books Online, represent the most innovative tools in software development," said Amber Ankerholz, conference manager for Dr. Dobb&rsquo;s Events. "Our judges took an in-depth look at the finalists, examining the standard criteria of audience suitability, productivity, innovation, quality, ROI, risk and flexibility, but also sought products that were ahead-of-the-curve, universally useful, simple yet rich in functionality.&rdquo;<br /> <br />For the past 17 years, the Dr. Dobb&rsquo;s Jolt Product Excellence Awards have been presented annually to showcase products that have &ldquo;jolted&rdquo; the IT industry with their significance and made the task of creating software faster, easier and more efficient. Finalists for this year&#39;s Jolt Awards program were selected by a panel of judges, comprised of well-respected editors, columnists and industry experts. Jolt Cola, the fabled soft drink quaffed by software developers for sustenance during project development marathons, sponsors the annual awards presentation. <br />

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