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Brighton, East Sussex, United Kingdom, 2011/03/30 - Dawson Books and Semantico, a leading provider of services and technology for online publishing, have agreed a major program of updates to dawsonera, the unique publishing platform that allows libraries to build tailored collections of ebooks.
Since launching in 2007 the platform has grown to provide over 170,000 ebooks from over 450 publishers. In response to this success the extensive program of updates will provide faster load times and a new 'read online' facility which will provide more flexibility than a PDF-based system.
A series of agile developments throughout the year will ensure that librarians and users can benefit from improved functionality as soon as it is ready. The site will receive a redesign, which will include enhanced social networking features enabling users more easily to share information, lists and searches.
Jude Norris, Marketing & Technology Director at Dawson Books, said: ‘Dawson’s mission is to set the standard in ebook technology. To achieve this, continued research, development and collaboration with library partners has ensured that dawsonera is at the forefront of technology. eBooks clearly provide new opportunities for improved learning. A significant investment from Dawson over the forthcoming year will focus on the user experience, taking advantage of virtual communities through user driven content and social media.’
‘We’re delighted to embark on this series of improvements to this unique platform,’ said Richard Padley, Managing Director, Semantico. ‘Dawson Books have led the way with their business models, offering a flexible approach that libraries and readers really appreciate. Our program of improvements has more innovations that we’re sure will keep dawsonera in its well deserved place as the platform of choice for librarians.’
About Dawson Books
Dawson Books (dawsonbooks.co.uk) is a long established company specialising in the supply of books and complementary services to libraries around the world.
Dawson Books is part of Dawson Holdings plc. Employing 155 staff, last year reporting revenues of £46 million and headquartered in large modern purpose-built premises in central England; Dawson Books is a progressive company that develops and delivers integrated library solutions to our worldwide customers. Our sister companies Dawson France and Dawson Espana and our office in South Africa, also deliver these services in their market places.
Semantico (semantico.com) was formed in 1999 to develop online publishing solutions for the publishing industry. Its mission is to be the partner of choice in helping clients realise the full potential of internet technologies for delivering digital information services. Semantico works to make clients' information ever more discoverable, more useful and more valuable.
Semantico's content delivery tool-sets, subscription management products, and hosting and support services enable rapid and robust, customised solutions for a wide range of clients.
Semantico's management team has a considerable breadth of experience in publishing, e-commerce B2B and B2C online sectors. Its strong engineering background allied with a focus on user-centred design processes ensure that it maintains high standards in its existing and new products, while providing the innovation necessary to compete effectively in emerging online markets.