Google took search to new heights on the Internet, but the Web is still chaotic. In this chaos, there is another angle — what happens to publishers who invest resources to build content and what happens to people who want quality content served in a helpful way? Above all, how does the Internet take our quest for meaningful knowledge to the next level in surfing the chaos?
I found some answers to these questions a few days ago, when I met Jeff Patterson, CEO of Safari Books Online (www.safaribooksonline.com), a US-based firm created through a partnership between technology publisher O’Reilly Media and UK-based education and technology services company Pearson Group.
Safari Books, recently launched in India, aggregates books with permission from publishers, and is now largely focused on technology and business books aimed at IT industry professionals and managers. It organises the books, indexes the content and pages with sophisticated software and charges a subscription rate from users, who can be libraries, researchers, techies or managers looking for quality content.
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