Elsevier and O'Reilly Media sign ebook distribution deal
Elsevier imprints Morgan Kaufmann, Syngress, Academic Press, Butterworth-Heinemann, Newnes are now available on oreilly.com
By Melissa Fulkerson Posted on 16 April 2013
In a deal that was just announced, O'Reilly Media will distribute many of Elsevier's academic, research-focused ebooks. This expands the collection of ebooks available from O’Reilly in areas such as computer security and networking, with more than 1,200 additional titles.
“The consumer ebook market is an emerging and changing one, and we want to offer customers as many choices as possible,” said Suzanne BeDell, Managing Director of Elsevier’s Science & Technology Books, in the press release. “O’Reilly has a strong presence in the consumer market and provides us with a great opportunity to offer titles to many who might not otherwise see our content – all in a DRM-free format.”
DRM-free means there is no digital rights management on the content so there are no restrictions on how readers can use the books. Limitations imposed by DRM include restrictions on which devices and reading apps can be used, how many devices can be used and how content can be shared. Elsevier ebooks purchased through O’Reilly are offered DRM-free.
The ebooks are available in multiple formats, including PDF, EPUB, and .MOBI, so they can be read on various mobile devices. Free ebook updates are also guaranteed, along with lifetime access.
Founded in 1978 by tech publishing mogul Tim O’Reilly (@timoreilly), O'Reilly Media has built its reputation by spreading the knowledge and ideas of innovators through its books, online services, magazines and conferences.
Born in Cork, Ireland, O’Reilly graduated from Harvard with a degree in classics. He went on to become a leader and activist in the technology community, advocating for open-source technology and supporting the convergence of computing and the Human Potential movement through a concept he calls “the global brain,” as he explains in this video.
Pascal Honscher, O'Reilly's General Manager for Corporate Development, said Elsevier’s digital content philosophy as well as its content made it a good fit.
“Elsevier’s impressive selection of titles includes some of the most trusted imprints in tech publishing. Their reputation within the scientific community is unparalleled, and the quality of their content is superb,” he said. “The alignment of digital content philosophies is an important part of the mix. Working with a publisher that shares and embraces similar ideals is particularly gratifying.” To learn more, visit http://www.oreilly.com.
Melissa Fulkersonis a Senior Channel Manager for Elsevier S&T Books, responsible for marketing of ebook content sold through external resellers.