Like many of our customers, the team here at Safari Books Online is working to wrap up a long list of things to do as we close out another year. And like you, we’re also using this as an opportunity to reflect on 2011 and to look ahead at what’s in store for 2012.
It’s been a busy year for us — just a few examples of what we’ve done this year are rolling out a new version of the Safari To Go iPad app (which has been downloaded by more than 60,000 customers around the world), an overhaul of our mobile web site, and a major migration to the industry standard EPUB format. As Tim O’Reilly put it over at the O’Reilly Radar Blog, we’re focused on making Safari Books Online an ‘access anywhere’ service that’s far better optimized for mobile and tablet consumption, and while we’re proud of how far we’ve come, we also know there’s much further we can go to serve your learning and reference needs even better while you’re on the go.
It’s also nice to head into 2012 knowing that while we of course have aspirations to serve customers around the world, we are already well on the way to doing that, with more than 30% of our subscribers based outside of the US. This year we added payment options in Euros and Pounds Sterling, and will be adding more payment options soon in the New Year.
2012 is shaping up to be a big year for Safari Books Online, and we can’t wait to show you some of the stuff we’re working on, including new ways to help you learn the skills and technologies you need to stay ahead.
On behalf of everyone at Safari Books Online, I wish you a happy holiday season, and look forward to a bright 2012 ahead!
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.