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IBM and ibooks.com Launch Resource Site for Developers; ibooks.com Powers IBM developerWorks Digital Bookstore.



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AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 14, 2000

ibooks.com (www.ibooks.com), a leading e-publishing company for online reference books, and IBM (International Business Machines Corporation, Armonk, NY, www.ibm.com) The world's largest computer company. IBM's product lines include the S/390 mainframes (zSeries), AS/400 midrange business systems (iSeries), RS/6000 workstations and servers (pSeries), Intel-based servers (xSeries)  (NYSE NYSE

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:IBM) today announced that ibooks.com's technology will power IBM's developerWorks digital bookstore service.

The agreement gives users free access to select developerWorks articles in digital format and one of the largest online collections of Open Source documentation. Further, users are able to preview, buy online and store digital books on a personal digital bookshelf.

With ibooks.com's technology, the IBM digital bookstore offers users 24-hour access to technical resources and the ability to view books faster by eliminating long download times.

This new functionality from ibooks.com allows users to conduct full-text searches of more than 1,000 top IT reference books and the ability to store their selected books on personalized, private bookshelves. Previews of each page within the books on the site are available through ibooks.com's previewing technology.

"developerWorks' relationship with ibooks.com provides us with an unparalleled feature -- allowing us to more effectively serve the needs of the developer community," said Chris Bahr Chris Bahr (born February 3, 1953 in State College, Pennsylvania) is a former professional American football and soccer player. He was a placekicker in the National Football League and played midfielder in the North American Soccer League. , program director for developerWorks and alphaWorks. "With our joint Digital Bookstore Service they can easily and quickly search, organize and utilize high-value reference materials that will keep them ahead of the learning curve."

Digital Bookstore users can search thousands of titles from premier publishers, including Coriolis, John Wiley, O'Reilly, Sam's, Sybex and Que. The bookstore, which was previewed on Aug. 2 and will go live today (www.ibm.com/developerWorks), also offers free documentation such as the Linux Documentation Project (project) Linux Documentation Project - (LDP) A team of volunteers developing documentation for the Linux operating system. The LDP aims to handle all of the issues of Linux documentation, ranging from on-line documentation to printed manuals, covering topics such as installing,  (LDP LDP - Linux Documentation Project ), the Apache Software Foundation (open source, body) Apache Software Foundation - (ASF) An umbrella consortium that manages the development of the Apache web server, dozens of XML- and Java-based projects (under the name Jakarta), the Ant build tool, the Geronimo J2EE server, the SpamAssassin anti-SPAM tool, and , GNU/Linux operating system user guides and HOWTOs.

"We look forward to growing our relationship with IBM and adding greater value for their end users who need to immediately pinpoint and access the best reference materials that provide the answers they seek," said Guy Hoffman, interim CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board.  of ibooks.com.

A site promotion offers the first book for free to developerWorks users who subscribe to the Digital Bookstore Service.

About ibooks.com Inc.

Founded in April 1999, ibooks.com Inc. is a leading e-publishing company for online reference books and offers the first integrated service for immediately previewing, purchasing and using digital reference books from industry-leading publishers and technology companies. The service is the first to allow users to preview digital books prior to purchase, buy online digital reference books one-at-a-time and store digital books on a personal digital bookshelf. The company is privately held with $34 million in funding from Austin Ventures, Dell Computer Corporation (company) Dell Computer Corporation - One of the biggest US manufacturers of IBM PC compatibles.

"From notebooks to networks", their slogan says.

http://us.dell.com.
 and TL Ventures among other venture capital firms Name Location Founding date Managing Partners/Directors Specialty Capital managed
5AM Ventures Menlo Park, CA; Waltham, MA 2002 John Diekman, PhD (managing partner), Scott Rocklage, PhD (managing partner), Andrew Schwab (managing partner) life sciences $200M [1]
 and private investors. ibooks.com is headquartered in Austin, Texas, and employs more than 100 people. For more information, call 512/478-2700 or visit the company's Web site at www.ibooks.com.
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