SOURCE: Elsevier

January 24, 2008 08:00 ET

Elsevier Extends Electronic Content Offering

BURLINGTON, MA--(Marketwire - January 24, 2008) - Elsevier, the world's leading publisher of science and health information, is pleased to announce the expanded development and offering of electronic book content, with initial stages rolling out in 2008 and the complete program in place by 2009.

"In today's rapidly changing information environment, Elsevier must continue to provide world-class content in the formats which best meet the information needs of our customers," said Jim Donohue, Managing Director, Science & Technology Books, Elsevier. "Our customers are asking for quality book content in an electronic format to allow for anytime access and quick search capabilities of the information," Donohue added.

In 2007, Elsevier launched more than 4,000 books electronically on ScienceDirect as well as other third-party platforms. The response has been overwhelmingly positive, with a significant increase in usage of Full Text Book Chapters for Major Reference Works, E-Books, and Handbook Series.

In 2008, Elsevier will publish 10 major reference works, including the "Encyclopedia of Infant and Early Childhood Development"; the "Niels Bohr 13-volume Limited Edition Collector's Set"; and the "Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace and Conflict." Among these, two will be exclusively in electronic format: the "Encyclopedia of Neuroscience," edited by Larry R. Squire in October 2008, and the second edition of "Encyclopedia of Ocean Science" in November 2008, edited by John H. Steele, Steve A. Thorpe, and Karl K. Turekian. Elsevier will continue to publish print MRWs as the market and customer require it.

"In an age of exploding use of electronic information, we expect this trend to continue at a rapid pace. To best anticipate our customers changing needs, we are working to expedite the delivery of quality content in a variety of electronic formats," said Chris Bromley, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, Elsevier. "We will continue to provide both print and electronic book content to our customers, choosing the medium that best meets the needs," added Bromley.

Elsevier continues to monitor market trends, and survey customers. In recent surveys conducted by Elsevier, 83% of Librarians requested major reference works in electronic format, citing ease of use, search ability and usage reports as the primary reasons for this preferred format. Researchers and academics alike are utilizing this information in their daily work.

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. Working in partnership with the global science and health communities, Elsevier's 7,000 employees in over 70 offices worldwide publish more than 2,000 journals and 1,900 new books per year, in addition to offering a suite of innovative electronic products, such as ScienceDirect (http://www.sciencedirect.com/), MD Consult (http://www.mdconsult.com/), Scopus (http://www.info.scopus.com/), bibliographic databases, and online reference works.

Elsevier (http://www.elsevier.com/) is a global business headquartered in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and has offices worldwide. Elsevier is part of Reed Elsevier Group plc (http://www.reedelsevier.com/), a world-leading publisher and information provider. Operating in the science and medical, legal, education and business-to-business sectors, Reed Elsevier provides high-quality and flexible information solutions to users, with increasing emphasis on the Internet as a means of delivery. Reed Elsevier's ticker symbols are (AMS: REN) (Euronext Amsterdam), (LSE: REL) (London Stock Exchange), (NYSE: RUK) and (NYSE: ENL) (New York Stock Exchange).

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