July 17, 2000
O'Reilly Announces Safari: O'Reilly Books OnlineTM New service will "Webbify" O'Reilly Technical Books
MONTEREY, CA--When is an online book not an ebook? When it's Safari: O'Reilly
Books Online, the web-native service announced today by O'Reilly & Associates
at their Open Source Convention in Monterey, CA. Not just a collection of
digitized books, Safari is a "knowledge interface" that provides search
and navigation across O'Reilly titles, plus features like annotation and
bookmarks that allow you to customize the interface. Safari will be
available in Fall 2000 at
O'Reilly is previewing the service at the Open Source Convention.
"We've always followed our own path, rather than conform to the conventional
practices of the publishing industry," said founder and CEO Tim O'Reilly.
"Safari is a logical extension of that approach. In designing the service,
we've exploded the notion of 'book' and built a front end for the content of
our books that truly harnesses the power of the Web."
Safari transforms a collection of O'Reilly books into a meta-book that's
more than the sum of its parts. A subscription-based service, it allows you
to build a customized online library. You pay a flat monthly fee, based on
the number of titles to which you subscribe. And you can change the titles
in your subscription as your needs change. So if you've outgrown Learning
Perl, you can trade it in for Advanced Perl Programming. Safari
will include 50 of O'Reilly's best-selling books at launch, and the company
will add titles until the entire O'Reilly publishing list is available.
O'Reilly Media spreads the knowledge of innovators through its books, online services, magazines, and conferences. Since 1978, O'Reilly Media has been a chronicler and catalyst of cutting-edge development, homing in on the technology trends that really matter and spurring their adoption by amplifying "faint signals" from the alpha geeks who are creating the future. An active participant in the technology community, the company has a long history of advocacy, meme-making, and evangelism.
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