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Also Adds Features for Sharing Books, Optimizing Searches, Analyzing Usage

 
SEBASTOPOL, California – September 27, 2010
Safari Books Online (www.safaribooksonline.com), the leading on-demand digital library for technology, digital media and business professionals, today achieved another milestone in its mobile device strategy – the seamless extension of its popular portal features to mobile devices. Subscribers on the go can now enjoy such popular features as creating notes, tagging and saving content in custom folders.

In addition, Safari Books Online has rolled out a series of new features including: “Share This” to let users grant access to specific book titles to colleagues and non-subscribers; usage analytics Reporting Dashboard to let corporate training personnel optimize their subscriptions for content and tools that are most in demand; and a user-friendly Content Categorization system to let subscribers find topics of interest more easily.

Safari Books Online’s new feature enhancements include:

  • Seamless Mobile User Interface: All the power of Safari Books Online, now further optimized for mobile devices. The popular features of Safari Books Online – notes, tagging, and the ability to save the content in custom folders – are now accessible from any mobile device that supports 320×480 screen resolution and the following operating systems and browsers:  
  • Palm Pre (all models)
  • iPhone (all models)
  • All Android devices running Android OS 2.1+
  • All Blackberry devices running Blackberry OS 5.0+
  • Opera Mini browser 5.1
  • Internet Explorer Mobile (Windows Mobile 6+)
  • Share This feature:  Enjoy all that Safari Books Online has to offer – and share it with friends and colleagues. Provide access to book pages, even to non-subscribers. 
  • Enhanced Categorization:  Find what you need with more intuitive search and content groupings that now include product names, vendor names and topic-related search terms.
  • Usage Analytics & Reporting Dashboard:  Corporate training administrators can now analyze popular search terms and their most frequently accessed content, and generate reports on the efficiency and effectiveness of their library.

“Here at Safari Books Online, we continue to invest in our technology to keep up with new mobile devices and the needs of our growing numbers of international users,” said Paige Mazzoni, vice president of marketing, Safari Books Online. “For example, as part of our mobile strategy we recognize that more people are now reading and working on netbooks, iPads and smartphones, so we are providing the same rich set of content and tools that our Web portal offers and making it work through our anywhere, anytime mobile Website. And for our corporate customers, we are giving them tools to optimize usage and measure their return on investment with real time information.

About Safari Books Online

Safari Books Online (www.safaribooksonline.com) is an on-demand digital library that delivers expert content in both book and video form from the world’s leading authors in technology and business. Technology professionals, software developers, Web designers, and business and creative professionals use Safari Books Online as their primary resource for research, problem solving, learning and certification training. Safari Books Online offers a range of product mixes and pricing programs for organizations, government agencies and individuals. Subscribers have access to thousands of books, training videos and prepublication manuscripts in one fully searchable database from publishers like Cisco Press, Prentice Hall Professional, O’Reilly Media, Addison Wesley Professional, Microsoft Press, Sams, Que, Peachpit Press, John Wiley & Sons, Elsevier, IBM Press, Adobe Press, Sun Microsystems Press, FT Press, Wharton School Publishing, Apress, Manning, New Riders, Apple Certified, Course Technology, Splash Media and dozens more. For more information about Safari Books Online, please visit us online

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19 Responses to “Press Release: Safari Books Online Brings Your Library to Android, iPhone, Blackberry and Any Mobile Device with a Browser”

  1. bloggo

    This article does not seem very clear. Is this announcing enhancements to the mobile version of the website, or was an app developed for all these devices? I know that an iPad app was in beta testing back in August, but have never heard anything else about it. If it is just a website update, then why does the article talk about devices in the requirements (Android OS 2.1+, iPhone) rather than just browser versions? Can someone clarify for me?

  2. A. Brittis

    I agree with bloggo. I am using Android 2.1, and the website isn’t that friendly (not bad, but definitely not App-like. Is there an App or just an “enhanced” browser experience on mobile devices?

        • Bill Levien - Safari Books Online Product Management

          A. Brittis & AK,

          Since the writing of your posts, we have release an enhanced mobile site that is optimized for smartphones.

          Check out https://www.safaribooksonline.com/apps/ from an Android or iOS device and let us know what you think!

          We are always investigating our Native App support, and we hope to have some news a little later in 2012.

  3. Adam R Nicholson

    So it’s been a year and I’m still not seeing an app for the Andriod. I did see something about an app for my iPad, but when will I be able to read on my Xoom?

      • Anonymous

        Get on it, and already! I love sbo on my ipad. I want it on my android device as well! Anything I can do? Can I gush more about how awesome sbo is?!? :)

      • Bill Levien - Safari Books Online Product Management

        Adam R Nicholson, Anonymous & Paul Lemmons (@poet_imp),

        We have been working on our enhanced mobile website to support the majority of our users at http://m.safaribooksonline.com, and we have an update coming this week to fix some bugs regarding common customer feedback.

        I know it’s been a while since we have given an update regarding apps, but we have been investigating which platforms to support natively and we hope to have some more solid news to report in the next few months.

  4. dblanchard

    This is perhaps the worst press release I’ve read recently. Something new should be released, either a suite of apps, or a new press release, so that all the “articles” repeating the press release will no longer be the top ranked search results.

    At the very least, since the press release didn’t explicitly state new mobile site’s URL, get your web team to parse the user agent string and redirect mobile browsers to the mobile site.

    • Bill Levien - Safari Books Online Product Management

      dblanchard – Thanks for the suggestion about the Press release, as this is a pretty old post and is not quite relevant to our new products..

      As for the mobile redirect, we just launched a new “responsive” corporate site at http://www.safaribooksonline.com that reflows when viewed on mobile devices, and we are currently working out the kinks of bridging that site and our new mobile web product site m.safaribooksonline.com for both subscribers and non-subscribers.

  5. Cata

    we need also more offline access to safari. something similar to what spotify implemented for music… we want to be able to get our stuff on any device (tablet, ereaders, etc).
    It’s not OK that the only option when you’re in a long haul flight is to buy pdf chapters… we need more flexibility…

    • Bill Levien - Safari Books Online Product Management

      Cata – In addition to pdf chapter downloads, we do allow one full title to be downloaded for offline viewing on our iPad application Safari to Go, and we are investigating ways to potentially expand this feature to other platforms as well.