Elsevier Extends Electronic Content Offering

Researchers and academics utilize information in their daily work

Burlington, MA, 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 meets 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 any time 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.

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About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions — among them ScienceDirect, Scopus, Elsevier Research Intelligence, and ClinicalKey — and publishes nearly 2,200 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and over 25,000 book titles, including a number of iconic reference works.

The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC, a world leading provider of professional information solutions in the Science, Medical, Legal and Risk and Business sectors, which is jointly owned by Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).

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