Andrew Savikas

Andrew Savikas

CEO at Safari Books Online

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Boston, Massachusetts

Areas of Expertise:

  • ebooks
  • strategy
  • safaribooks
  • publishing
  • speaking

Andrew Savikas is the CEO at Safari Books Online. He sits on several boards, including the Book Industry Study Group, and is on advisory boards for Bookshare and the University of Michigan Press.

Previously, Andrew led the digital publishing and ebook program and strategy for O'Reilly Media as VP of Digital Initiatives, and was a Program Chair for the Tools of Change for Publishing conference.

Andrew holds a B.S. in Media Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an MBA from Northeastern University in Boston. He speaks frequently on digital publishing and ebooks, and is also the author of "Word Hacks: Tips & Tools for Taming your Text".

Word Hacks Word Hacks
by Andrew Savikas
November 2004
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Nearly 800 O'Reilly and Microsoft Press titles now available in iBookstore

October 12 2010

Ebooks are already a big part of our publishing business, and we know many of those ebooks are read on iOS devices. Having those ebooks available for sale in the iBookstore makes it even easier to find, buy, and read hundreds of O'Reilly and Microsoft Press titles on iOS devices. read more

A New Take on the "Pocket Reference" -- Public Beta of new O'Reilly Mobile HTML App

August 25 2010

While there's been continued strong interest in our ebook iPhone apps (especially outside the US), taking a book and packaging it up as an app doesn't take advantage of many of the capabilities a device like the iPhone (or Android... read more

Ebook Reseller Wishlist/Scorecard

June 07 2010

I spend a lot of time talking with companies that want to resell O'Reilly ebooks. Some are large companies you've certainly heard of, others are small startups that haven't yet... read more

Android Rising: O'Reilly Android Apps Gaining Ground on iPhone

December 23 2009

O'Reilly sells apps in both the iPhone App Store and the Android Market. Most apps (for now) are just app presentations of our ebooks, built using ereader apps popular on each platform (Stanza on iPhone, Aldiko on Android). That means many of our apps are essentially the same on each… read more

David Pogue Revisits DRM Question about Ebooks

December 17 2009

In a blog post today, New York Times Columnist (and bestselling O'Reilly author) David Pogue responds to a reader question about DRM (he calls it "copy protection") in light of all the recent ereader buzz, and he's very honest and open about his (very natural) reaction to finding copies of… read more

Despite recent gains for books, Games still dominate in the App Store (via @dliman)

November 03 2009

O'Reilly's Ben Lorica slices and dices current app trends for iPhone and Android (nice data points on price stabilization too): "While it might be true that the number of Book... read more

O'Reilly Ebooks Now in Aldiko Online Catalog for Android

October 30 2009

The iPhone gets a lot of the attention when it comes to smartphones, but signs point to Android playing a huge role in the growing smartphone market, with 20+... read more

Customer Loyalty for Mobile Devices

October 06 2009

Some of the most interesting data on trends in mobile development has been coming from Flurry, an app analytics company (developers insert little snippets of Flurry code in their... read more

A Classic from the Archive: Tim O'Reilly interviewed in 1994

October 05 2009

Unfortunately I don't remember who pointed me to this (it was a few months ago via Twitter I think), but I came across it while cleaning off my Mac... read more

The App Store and the Long Tail Part 2: The Real "DRM" At Stake

August 09 2009

Note there's a lot of images in this post, so if you're reading it via RSS, you may want to click through to the original post if you can't see... read more

Would an Apple Tablet be an Ereader? Yes and No.

July 28 2009

Last Friday the latest round of rumors of an Apple Tablet swelled considerably after a piece from Apple Insider asserted the device is now on the 2010 product roadmap:... read more

Can't Get Approval for your App? Sell the Source Code

July 21 2009

We just released 17 O'Reilly books as standalone iPhone Apps (The Twitter Book looks fantastic -- and as a bonus #hashtags in the text are clickable), and so I've been looking at various options for monitoring sales and popularity (AppViz, AppFigures, and MajicRank have proven quite useful), and was eager… read more

Long Tail Evidence from The App Store

July 20 2009

Last week we released 16 of our books as iPhone Apps (and on Saturday added The Twitter Book), and there's some interesting Long Tail data coming in. We've seen Long... read more

Is Print a Preference or a Habit?

March 16 2009

Over on the O'Reilly Radar blog, Dale Dougherty posted on students increasingly prefering the sound of MP3 over higher quality music: [Jonathan Berger] has them listen to a variety... read more

O'Reilly Ebooks Now In Stanza Online Catalog

March 06 2009

Just in time for Read an Ebook Week O'Reilly's 400+ ebooks are now available for direct purchase and download on your iPhone or iPod Touch from within Stanza's Online Catalog. Buying ebooks this way gives you the same flexible, DRM-free ebook bundles as buying through (because you are buying… read more

Using the Twitter Search API to Refine TOC Conference Tweet Data

February 15 2009

I didn't see it coming from this audience, but the Twitter chatter was thunderous during the TOC Conference this year. As things wound up, a lot of attendees were looking for a single list of all the conference tweets. Not... read more

O'Reilly Labs: RDF For All of Our Books, Plus Bookworm Ebook Reader

February 10 2009

There's more details on the Labs blog, but timed with our Tools of Change for Publishing Conference, we've opened up RDF metadata for all of our books, and have also brought the open source Bookworm ebook reader into O'Reilly Labs. It's a great way to read any of our ebooks… read more

Welcome (Back) To O'Reilly Labs

February 10 2009

A lot has changed since we first launched Labs, and so in conjunction with the 2009 Tools of Change for Publishing conference, I'm happy to announce the return of O'Reilly Labs, and with it two new projects: Bookworm and the OPMI. read more

Google Opens Mobile Access to Public-Domain Books

February 05 2009

Via a Google press release, word that visiting provides mobile access to 1.5 million public-domain books from within Google Book Search: Today, we're making it possible for anyone... read more

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Webcast: Why the Ebook Subscription Model Might Be Right for Your Content
April 26, 2013
The ebook revenue stream has much more potential beyond simply selling standalone titles to customers. If you're not already featuring your content in an ebook subscription program you need to.

Webcast: Publishing without Boundaries: What's on the O'Reilly Radar for the Future of Publishing
September 30, 2010
Readers are changing their habits, and are demonstrating they're as eager as ever to find--and buy--quality content and entertainment. But the transition to digital--and increasingly mobile--media delivery, consumption, and participation presents real...