For nearly 15 years, Safari has helped technologists solve real-world problems and master their craft. Almost every software engineer or IT administrator can point to technical books that were formative in their careers (mine was Programming Perl), and we’re proud that many of those people read those books using Safari.
But people learn technology in many more ways than just from books these days, and we’ve changed with the times, by adding tens of thousands of hours of video courses, exclusive conference sessions, and even audio books. With leading titles in business, communications, management, design, marketing, leadership, sales, and operations, we’ve got something for everyone in your organization—not just the IT department.
Starting in July 2014 we began offering a new product, designed from the ground up to serve a broader audience and to adapt itself to each individual. If you’re a Java developer and you use Safari actively, the product will learn your preferences and surface ever more relevant content to you. If you’re in sales and use Safari to improve your skills in communication, leadership, and negotiation, you’ll forget we ever were “just a tech resource.”
One thing we haven’t changed is the original “blue” Safari Books Online for any current customer. Although we’re excited about where we’re going with the reimagined Safari, if you’re happy with our “classic” product, you’re free to keep using it. If you’re already a “classic blue” Safari Books Online customer and want to try out the new version, you can—just start a free trial and cancel your legacy account when you’re ready to switch.
We know you’re trying to find the most useful and interesting content, so here are a few of the ways the new Safari does that:
Integrated Text, Video Training, Conference, and Audio Content
Unlike most other online training companies, we offer a diverse range of perspectives and content types to suit a variety of learning styles. We believe truly mastering a subject means understanding more than just one expert’s opinion on the matter, and that’s why we offer you the choice of many different points of view. We know (because we have the data to back it up) that very few people only watch video courses or only read books or only watch conference sessions. Nearly everyone who joins Safari uses a mix of all the types of content we provide; for example, an engineering manager might need to quickly skim a list of useful performance-review phrases at their desk, but want to take a deep dive into a video course about Android over the weekend and then listen to a conference keynote on the commute to work Monday morning.
Text, video, and audio content is presented together within recommendation pages and search results. For text content, we also show you estimated reading times to help you plan your time investment and track your progress, just like you’re already used to with video and with audio books.
We’re all growing familiar with recommendations from services like Netflix and Spotify, but today there aren’t a lot of good options for discovering useful professional content based on your specific interests and history. The most relevant part for you might be a single chapter, clip, or conference talk, not necessarily a whole book or training course.
Based on topics you’ve selected, your own usage behavior, and what’s popular among millions of our other users, we recommend courses, chapters, books, clips, and conference sessions. We also present recommendations categorized by time commitment, so if you’ve got 15 minutes waiting for a train, we’ll help you fill that time with something to make you smarter.
Safari for iOS and Android
We’ve also created brand-new native apps for iOS and Android that allow unlimited offline use of book and video content. The apps are designed from the ground up to seamlessly integrate with your Safari Queue (our version of a “reading list”), and as the year goes on will continue to be enhanced with search and content-organization features.
We believe that mastering a subject means learning across several points of view, and we know our users rely on a variety of content types to deliver that information. We also know that you may not have a lot of time on your hands to be able to pinpoint the best set of content on your own. That’s why we’ve been developing Safari Tutorials, hand-curated learning paths that serve up “just the right bits and pieces” on targeted topics across Safari titles and authors. We provide the subject matter experts who hand-select the learning paths, you provide the continuous drive to learn new concepts, or topics that matter to your day-to-day work. We are on the verge of launching more Tutorials in the coming days, so stay tuned!
We’re proud of what we’ve already built, but we’re incredibly excited about what’s ahead for Safari. Here’s a few of the things we’re looking at:
- Adding a broader range of non-traditional content, including articles, audiobooks, and high-quality independently published works
- Features to help you make the most of Safari within your organization
- Shared “playlists” of content