Through the O'Reilly Media, Inc. and Microsoft Corp. strategic relationship—which was announced in September and took effect on November 30—O'Reilly is now the distributor of Microsoft Press titles in North America with a global roll out in a phased approach. Both O'Reilly and Microsoft will develop Microsoft Press titles. This collaboration also takes advantage of O'Reilly's groundbreaking digital publishing innovations and social media know-how to increase Microsoft Press' reach and develop its content for multiple multimedia channels.
"Microsoft Press has a rich, 25-year history in producing learning resources that are exceptionally well-respected in the tech community, and we're honored to carry on that tradition and to build on it," said O'Reilly's Microsoft Press associate publisher Steve Weiss. "You'll see all the great, existing books and series from the current Microsoft Press experts, plus some new things with an O'Reilly editorial touch to them, all published under the Microsoft Press brand."
Added Weiss, "O'Reilly will offer new DRM-free ebooks as new Microsoft Press titles are published. And we plan to work our way through their backlist and digitize titles through the year."
With the new alliance, Microsoft Press titles are immediately available more widely as ebooks and apps for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and the Android Market. For example, Windows 7 Plain & Simple and Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 Step by Step are available in all the channels listed below.
Microsoft will continue to produce training content and will optimize efficiencies through O'Reilly's expertise in global manufacturing, distribution, sales, and marketing. This will fuel market potential for Microsoft Press and greater responsiveness to new opportunities while allowing customers to continue buying books through current online and retail channels.
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