Safari Tech Books Online Named Exclusive

SafariSM Books OnlineSM, a joint venture between industry leading IT publishers O’Reilly & Associates, Inc. and the Pearson Technology Group (PTG), a division of Pearson plc (NYSE: PSO), today announced the addition of Cisco Press to the Safari Tech Books Online service. This exclusive agreement makes the Safari Tech Books Online service the only place where networking professionals can conduct online searches and peruse the full text of Cisco Press certification and technology books. More than twenty Cisco Press titles including best sellers Routing TCP/IP, Volume I from the CCIE Professional Development series by Jeff Doyle and Internet Routing Architectures, Second Edition, by Sam Halabi, are expected to be available in the Safari service by November 30, 2001.

Safari Tech Books Online is a comprehensive online information retrieval service for enterprise IT departments. Using the Safari service, IT professionals can access trusted content to pinpoint answers to time-critical issues. Networking professionals and students in the Cisco certification programs can now search content from the world’s leading IT publishers, including Cisco Press. Safari’s robust search mechanism delivers relevancy-ranked results helping users to quickly zero in on the information they need. Users who have subscribed to a book can then peruse the full text of relevant titles, chapters and sections. The service gives subscribers the ability to bookmark, annotate and cut and paste code directly, saving time and virtually eliminating the chance of typographical errors.

“The Cisco Systems, Inc. and Pearson Education partnership has brought hundreds of Cisco certification and technology resources to market through Cisco Press,” said John Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Cisco Press. “Now the IT professional and student will also have a convenient means of finding quick answers to time-sensitive issues by accessing the information in our books online through the Safari service.”

As part of this agreement, Cisco Press joins ranks with several other leading IT publishing powerhouses included in the Safari Tech Books Online service: Addison Wesley Professional, Adobe Press, New Riders, O’Reilly & Associates, Peachpit Press, Prentice Hall PTR, Que, and Sams.

“Safari Tech Books Online is the most powerful online information retrieval service available to the enterprise IT market,” said Sean Devine, managing director of Safari Books Online. "Cisco Press is clearly the leading source of cutting-edge books on networking solutions and Cisco certification. Adding their content to the Safari service only strengthens the value proposition for our customers and theirs. It’s a win all the way around.”

Safari currently offers enterprise-level IT departments a complimentary trial to the service for up to ten users. With an enterprise or department-level subscription, the Safari Tech Books Online service can be integrated directly into the Intranets of corporations, associations, universities and libraries. The Safari Tech Books Online service is also available as a co-branded service for community sites and portals. Individual IT professionals interested in exploring the service can access Safari Tech Books Online for just $9.99 per month through two leading IT sites: Pearson’s IT portal, InformIT http://safari.informit.com and O’Reilly http://safari.oreilly.com.

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About Safari Books Online
Safari Books Online is a joint venture between the industry’s leading IT publishers the Pearson Technology Group and O’Reilly & Associates, Inc.. Safari’s flagship service, Safari Tech Books Online, is a comprehensive online information retrieval service for enterprise-level IT departments. The service enables enterprises, information portals, associations, libraries, and universities to offer Web-based access to an exclusive collection of highly-acclaimed reference content from industry-leading technical publishers: Addison Wesley Professional, Adobe Press, Cisco Press, New Riders, O’Reilly & Associates, Peachpit Press, Prentice Hall PTR, Que, and Sams. For more information call Safari Books Online at (617) 848-7025 or visit the company’s Web site at http://safaribooksonline.com.

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