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July 16, 2008

O'Reilly Adds Fuel to the Ebook Revolution--O'Reilly Media Alert: O'Reilly Books Available Now on Kindle, and as DRM-free Digital Bundles

ebook readersSebastopol, CA—With enthusiasm growing for e-reading and with more and more people purchasing books for e-readers, O'Reilly Media, a pioneering technology publisher and trendsetter, announced two new ebook publishing initiatives. This innovative venture brings popular new electronic formats, increased portability, and up-to-the-minute options for reading and enjoying O'Reilly books.

So what's new?

First, starting today, an initial selection of 30 popular O'Reilly titles now come bundled in three ebook formats (EPUB, PDF, and Kindle-compatible Mobipocket) and are available through oreilly.com--O'Reilly Media's online sales portal. This means when customers buy these ebooks from oreilly.com, they'll have instant access to all three file formats for one affordable price. This also gives consumers the option of purchasing an ebook directly from O'Reilly to read on a Kindle as well as most current ebook software and devices, including Adobe Digital Editions, Blackberries, and Sony Readers.

Second, a select number of O'Reilly titles will be available for the Kindle through Amazon including Devices of the Soul, Wikipedia Reader's Guide: The Missing Manual, and Facebook: The Missing Manual.

"This is a huge step toward our vision of customers discovering our book content and being able to consume it in the way that they want: in print, online via our Safari Books Online service, as well as in the electronic format that best meets their needs," said Allen Noren, Vice President, Online Marketing & Digital Initiatives.

O'Reilly's new ebook bundle package also includes these popular titles:

"In the near future, we intend to offer as much of our catalog as possible in eBooks," said Andrew Savikas, Director of Publishing Technology for O'Reilly and Program Chair for the Tools of Change for Publishing Conference. "Though some of our titles do have rights restrictions or present format challenges because of their age."

O'Reilly's new ebook initiative expands its existing ebook publishing offerings. Currently hundreds of O'Reilly titles are also available as PDF and through Safari Books Online, a highly successful online-publishing joint venture with Pearson. Subscribers also have access to a large selection of books that they can read online.

For more information about the program and the formats at oreilly.com/ebooks and toc.oreilly.com.


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