SOURCE: Questia Media, Inc.

June 06, 2007 15:49 ET

Questia Strengthens Foundation for Growth; Appoints Timothy W. Harris New CEO

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - June 6, 2007) - Questia Media, Inc., the company who launched the original digital library of high-quality copyrighted content in 2001, today announced new initiatives that position the company for continued strong growth. Questia also announced the appointment of Timothy W. Harris as President and CEO. Harris, who served as COO for Questia for 6 years, and most recently as a Corporate Director, replaces Questia founder Troy L. Williams, who has decided to pursue a new venture.

The new initiatives include a comprehensive redesign of Questia's core architecture, allowing for the ability to segment and present Questia's online academic library of nearly 70,000 books and 1.7 million articles in ways that greatly enhance end user experience. Additionally, Questia recently launched a new digitization process which positions the company to rapidly add large quantities of new digital content and provide a superior online reading experience.

"With these advances achieved by our founder and visionary, Troy Williams, and with the future leadership of Tim Harris, Questia is well positioned to build on its original vision for online content delivery by delivering an unmatched user experience through our close alliance with -- and respect for -- publishers and other copyright owners," said Rod Canion, Chairman of Questia's Board of Directors.

"Questia delivers our content to readers in an innovative way, creating a previously unrealized revenue stream," said Evan Schnittman, Vice President of Business Development and Rights for the Academic & USA Divisions of Oxford University Press. "They have delivered on the promise of a profitable, protected digital content model for publishers."

"The Perseus Books Group has maintained a longstanding digital relationship with Questia," agreed Carolyn Savarese, Vice President and Director of International Sales and Rights for Perseus. "Questia is a unique partner for us and we look forward to continuing that mutually successful partnership in the future."

"Our new ability to deliver our strong content in a fresh, segmented way, matched with our ability to quickly add additional copyrighted material from our more than 300 publisher partners, allows Questia to provide users with a research experience unmatched on the web," said Harris.

About Questia

Questia Media, Inc. provides the world's largest online academic library and research service featuring high-quality copyrighted content. Students, instructors, and lifelong learners in more than 200 countries use Questia's collection of nearly 70,000 full-text books and over 1.7 million articles for scholarly research.

A digital toolkit enables researchers to highlight text, properly cite passages, and automatically generate bibliographies and footnotes. In addition, Questia provides a personalized workspace for each user, complete with an individual bookshelf and reference resources. Designed for use by educators and students to enhance curricula, the Questia service also offers Questia School, a teacher/student resource center that incorporates digital library content with lesson plans and class instruction. Founded in 1998, Questia Media is based in Houston.

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