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.
About O'Reilly & Associates
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recognized worldwide for books, technical conferences, and Internet
software. O'Reilly is the definitive independent source of information on the
Internet, open source software, Java, programming, Windows NT, and UNIX.
From their pioneering bestseller The Whole Internet User's Guide &
Catalog (designated one of 100 Books of the 20th Century by the New York
Public Library) to GNN (the first Internet portal and commercial website)
to WebSite (the first web server software for desktop PCs), O'Reilly has been
at the forefront of Internet development. Information about the company can
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