Andrew Savikas

Andrew Savikas is the CEO of Safari Books Online. Previously he was VP of Digital Initiatives at O'Reilly Media and the program chair for O'Reilly's Tools of Change for Publishing conference.

Andrew holds a B.S. in Media Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an MBA from Northeastern University in Boston. He is a frequent speaker at publishing and content management conferences, and is also the author of "Word Hacks: Tips & Tools for Taming your Text".

Nearly 800 O'Reilly and Microsoft Press titles now available in iBookstore

Nearly 800 O'Reilly and Microsoft Press titles now available in iBookstore

Ebooks are already a big part of our publishing business, and we know many of those ebooks are read on iOS devices. Having those ebooks available for sale in the iBookstore makes it even easier to find, buy, and read hundreds of O'Reilly and Microsoft Press titles on iOS devices.

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Neat visualization of download ratios for ebook formats offered by O'Reilly

Neat visualization of download ratios for ebook formats offered by O'Reilly

PDF has competition from EPUB.

We track the ebook formats customers actually download, and from the start PDF has been the dominant choice. But as this post's associated chart shows, there's been a steady shift toward other formats.

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Amazon building its own Android App Market?

Amazon building its own Android App Market?

A look at the pros and cons of an Amazon-run Android market.

While the carriers see the Android Market as an opportunity to build tightly-controlled versions of the Market, non-exclusivity opens the door for companies that (a) know retailing and merchandising much better than Google, (b) aren't in the awkward position of having to play nice with the carriers, and (c) have a global presence independent of carrier coverage and relationships. Enter Amazon.

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Nearly 1,000 additional O'Reilly and Microsoft Press ebooks now available in Kindle Store

Nearly 1,000 additional O'Reilly and Microsoft Press ebooks are now available in the Kindle store, and include a special upgrade offer for access to additional formats and free lifetime updates through oreilly.com for $4.99.

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O'Reilly ebook bundles now include DAISY talking book format

O'Reilly ebook bundles now include DAISY talking book format

More than 800 O'Reilly titles are now available in DAISY format. If you've already bought an oreilly.com ebook, you can find the DAISY files on your account page.

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Ebook Reseller Wishlist/Scorecard

I spend a lot of time talking with companies that want to resell O'Reilly ebooks. Some are large companies you've certainly heard of, others are small startups that haven't yet launched. But what's remarkably consistent is that few of them offer many of the options and features we at O'Reilly consider critical for customers. Because I'm sure these will come…

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The power of promotional pricing

We've been running an ebook "$9.99 deal of the day" promotion for some time now, and customer response has been quite positive. There's also some very interesting sales data coming out of these promotions. It's no surprise that promotional pricing increases sales; the balancing act is in making sure that overall revenue increases (offsetting the per-unit revenue decrease) as well…

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You may not be writing software, but someday you'll probably write like the people who do

Hugh McGuire's post yesterday raised some great points about what a really effective web-friendly distributed and inherently social writing platform should look like. When it comes to the software tools we use for certain classes of tasks, I always look to the software developers themselves for insight into what those tools will look and feel like. It's usually the developers…

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Yes the iPad is sexy, but global sales are the real ebook growth news

A deep look at the ebook growth opportunities in global markets and how direct sales can offset print book cannibalization.

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Session/Speaker Ideas for TOC Frankfurt 2010

Last year's first-ever TOC Frankfurt turned out better than we'd even hoped, with a 400-strong sellout crowd representing a diverse range of international publishers. We've lined up a bigger venue (which we hope will also help address some of the glitches faced around room size last year), and are thrilled to be teaming up again with the Frankfurt Book Fair…

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