SOURCE: Safari Books Online

March 05, 2007 11:00 ET

Safari Books Online Expands E-Reference Library With Online Video Training Collection

New Partnership With Brings Training Videos to Safari Books Online and Benefits Subscribers With New Tools for E-Learning

SEBASTOPOL, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 5, 2007 -- Safari® Books Online, a joint venture of O'Reilly Media Inc. and Pearson Technology Group, today announced the addition of instructional video content to its searchable reference library of more than 4,000 technology and business books. With the new video content, Safari Books Online subscribers now have access to an even wider range of authenticated information that provides both quick answers to technical questions and in-depth training to develop their skills in the formats that they prefer.

The initial release of 75 titles and nearly 600 hours of video content on Safari Books Online focuses on training for creative professionals and knowledge workers. The titles include training videos for software such as Acrobat, Illustrator, Photoshop, Mac OS X, Dreamweaver, Flash, Windows XP, and Microsoft Office. The additional content for creative professionals is an important enhancement to Safari Books Online's core technology content.

Most of the initial video content on Safari Books Online is the result of a new partnership with, a leading publisher of web-based educational materials. Other video-content publishers include Peachpit Press, a leading publisher of graphics, web design and development, and digital imaging books whose print content has been available on Safari Books Online since its inception in 2000. Safari Books Online now includes print and video content from more than 25 leading technical and business publishers, such as O'Reilly Media,, Peachpit Press, Adobe Press, Addison-Wesley, Prentice Hall, Sams, Que, New Riders, Microsoft Press, Cisco Press, Sun Microsystems Press, Wharton School Publishing, Financial Times, and others.

"The addition of video content to Safari Books Online is an important milestone in providing the most comprehensive online source for vetted information and training for our subscribers," said Jeff Patterson, CEO of Safari Books Online. "Video training materials complement our print offerings and allow us to further serve the various learning styles and requirements of individual and enterprise customers in their desired mediums. We are delighted that new video content also brings a new publisher,, to Safari Books Online."

Lynda Weinman, founder of, said, "Video training offers a compelling companion to text-based learning, and we are honored to contribute a premium subset of courses from the Online Training Library™ to the growing Safari collection of online books and written materials. We've found that most people who have never learned from video training are quickly impressed with the effectiveness of this visual medium. We are thrilled to enter this partnership with Safari Books Online, and expect this increased exposure will continue to grow the expanding audience who enjoys video training. We believe the coupling of Safari's book offerings and video training will prove indispensable for today's digital professional who needs to stay current in an ever-changing marketplace."

Safari Library subscribers can access any of the online video tutorials at their convenience and at no additional cost. Subscribers can learn an entire application from start to finish, or skip to a specific topic. Safari's integrated collection of online book, video and article content is available from no other source. To see the list of video titles currently available on Safari Books Online, visit

The addition of instructional video content to Safari Books Online follows other innovations in content delivery beyond books introduced during the past year by Safari Books Online:

--  Rough Cuts, launched in February 2006, exemplifies Safari Books
    Online's effort to bring crucial and pre-publication information to its
    subscribers. Rough Cuts are evolving manuscripts that encourage reader
    feedback as they undergo the publication process. The Rough Cuts service
    features access to books in progress about hot topics that professionals
    need to learn now, rather than after the several months required for a book
    to go through editing and other processes in preparation for formal
--  Short Cuts, launched in November 2006, are a series of short documents
    covering technologies that are either too early in their life cycle or too
    narrowly focused to become the subject of a full-length book. Short Cuts
    are produced by experienced authors who use the medium to provide concise,
    focused coverage of a topic. Like the books available through Safari Books
    Online, Short Cuts are editorially vetted and held up to publishing
    industry standards. Usually fewer than 100 pages, Short Cuts represent a
    dynamic authoring model with fresh and up-to-date information, offered in a
    timeframe and format appropriate to the field.
With the addition of video content, Safari Books Online can now provide instruction and learning along with reference and search. Instructional videos transform Safari Books Online from a rich source for solving technical problems to a robust learning and skill-development center.

About Safari Books Online

Safari Books Online ( is a joint venture of O'Reilly Media Inc. and Pearson Technology Group. Safari's flagship service, Safari Library, is the premier electronic reference library for programmers, IT and web designers. Unlike an online bookstore, Safari is a fully searchable database of the electronic versions of books from O'Reilly and Pearson's many imprints: Addison-Wesley Professional, Adobe Press, Cisco Press, New Riders, Peachpit Press, Prentice Hall Professional, Sun Microsystems Press, Que, and Sams. Safari's portfolio includes additional electronic reference libraries: Safari HelpDesk Online for enterprise knowledge workers, Safari Business Books Online for business professionals and Safari Enterprise Library for enterprise licenses.

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