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February 6, 2006 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Safari Books Gives Access to Works-in-Progress

Safari Books Online, LLC has launched the new Safari's Rough Cuts service (http://my.safaribooksonline.com/roughcuts), which gives readers online access to works-in-progress before they're published as print books. Safari Books Online is a joint venture between O'Reilly Media, Inc. and Pearson Technology Group.

Readers who buy a Rough Cuts title get immediate access to an evolving manuscript. They can read the book online or download and print a PDF version. The initial version of a Rough Cuts book will not be fully edited, subjected to final technical review, or completely formatted. Similar to the nightly build in a software project, the Rough Cuts PDF is updated every time the author and editor make changes as they progress toward the finished book. Using the Rough Cuts service's built-in notes feature, readers can send feedback, suggestions, bug fixes, and comments directly to the author and editor.

Four O'Reilly titles are available now, and up to eight additional Rough Cuts books from both O'Reilly and Pearson Technology Group will be added in the first quarter of 2006. A Rough Cuts title typically becomes available 2 to 6 months prior to a book's publication. It is updated as the author and technical reviewers progress, so users have access to new versions as they are created. Readers have three purchase options through Rough Cuts program: buy the online version at a substantial discount from the suggested retail price for the print book; buy both the Rough Cuts and, when it is released, the print book at a special package price; or place an advance order for just the finished book at a prepublication discount.

Source: Safari Books Online, LLC



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