The original Safari Books Online mobile site was built before the real explosion in smartphones, and when many mobile visitors came from decidedly lightweight mobile browsers. iOs and Android have changed all that, and with the vast majority of visitors coming from smartphones and tablets with modern (i.e., Webkit) browsers and touch screens, we’ve made some long-overdue changes to our mobile site.
We’ve updated m.safaribooksonline.com with more finger-friendly styling and navigation, a cleaner reading interface, and better integration with site features like bookmarks, notes and tags. Here’s a very brief tour of some highlights.
The main screen once you’re logged in provides quick access to the last title viewed, as well as bookmarks, folders, and recent searches, with a site-search option right at the top:
The reading page (or viewing page for video) tries to get out of your way by hiding navigation and menu options while you’re in the content:
Tap the middle of the screen to pull up reader settings and navigation controls:
And if you’re not yet a subscriber, you can now sign up for a free trial from your smartphone:
We’ve been rolling the site out in a beta mode for the past two weeks, and the early feedback has been encouraging. But we know there’s much more we can do to make Safari the best it can be on a mobile browser, and we’d love to hear from you!
About the Author
Andrew Savikas, Chief Executive Officer
Andrew Savikas is the Chief Executive Officer at Safari Books Online. Prior to his appointment as CEO, he held the positions of VP of Digital Initiatives at O’Reilly Media Program Chair for O’Reilly’s Tools of Change for Publishing conference , and interim Chief Executive Officer of Safari Books Online. Andrew blogs at blog.safaribooksonline.com and toc.oreilly.com, and is also a regular contributor to the O’Reilly Radar blog and to “Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto,” a collection of essays on the future of publishing, http://book.pressbooks.com. Andrew previously led the digital publishing and ebook program and strategy for O’Reilly Media, including both print and digital production of all O’Reilly books. He sits on the board for the Book Industry Study Group and is on advisory boards for Bookshare and the University of Michigan Press. He frequently speaks at technology and publishing conferences all over the world and is also the author of “Word Hacks: Tips & Tools for Taming your Text“.
Andrew holds a B.S. in Media Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an MBA from Northeastern University in Boston.