Andrew Savikas

Boston, Massachusetts

CEO at Safari Books Online

Areas of Expertise:

  • ebooks
  • strategy
  • safaribooks
  • publishing
  • speaking

Andrew Savikas is the CEO at Safari Books Online. He sits on several boards, including the Book Industry Study Group, and is on advisory boards for Bookshare and the University of Michigan Press.

Previously, Andrew led the digital publishing and ebook program and strategy for O'Reilly Media as VP of Digital Initiatives, and was a Program Chair for the 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 speaks frequently on digital publishing and ebooks, and is also the author of "Word Hacks: Tips & Tools for Taming your Text".

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

October 12 2010

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. read more

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

October 01 2010

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. read more

Amazon building its own Android App Market?

September 29 2010

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… read more

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

September 22 2010

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 for $4.99. read more

O'Reilly ebook bundles now include DAISY talking book format

September 08 2010

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

A New Take on the "Pocket Reference" -- Public Beta of new O'Reilly Mobile HTML App

August 25 2010

While there's been continued strong interest in our ebook iPhone apps (especially outside the US), taking a book and packaging it up as an app doesn't take advantage of many of the capabilities a device like the iPhone (or Android... read more

Ebook Reseller Wishlist/Scorecard

June 07 2010

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… read more

Ebook Reseller Wishlist/Scorecard

June 07 2010

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... read more

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

May 07 2010

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

Africa's "Gutenberg Moment?"

January 05 2010

This post from Publishing Perspectives about publishing in Africa came in over the break, and it's worth a look: Five years later, [Muhtar] Bakare is still a confident believer in the power of the internet to revolutionize the African publishing industry. “The internet is our own Gutenberg moment,” he told… read more

Android Rising: O'Reilly Android Apps Gaining Ground on iPhone

December 23 2009

O'Reilly sells apps in both the iPhone App Store and the Android Market. Most apps (for now) are just app presentations of our ebooks, built using ereader apps popular on each platform (Stanza on iPhone, Aldiko on Android). That means many of our apps are essentially the same on each… read more

David Pogue Revisits DRM Question about Ebooks

December 17 2009

In a blog post today, New York Times Columnist (and bestselling O'Reilly author) David Pogue responds to a reader question about DRM (he calls it "copy protection") in light of all the recent ereader buzz, and he's very honest and open about his (very natural) reaction to finding copies of… read more

Despite recent gains for books, Games still dominate in the App Store (via @dliman)

November 03 2009

O'Reilly's Ben Lorica slices and dices current app trends for iPhone and Android (nice data points on price stabilization too): "While it might be true that the number of Book... read more

O'Reilly Ebooks Now in Aldiko Online Catalog for Android

October 30 2009

The iPhone gets a lot of the attention when it comes to smartphones, but signs point to Android playing a huge role in the growing smartphone market, with 20+... read more

Customer Loyalty for Mobile Devices

October 06 2009

Some of the most interesting data on trends in mobile development has been coming from Flurry, an app analytics company (developers insert little snippets of Flurry code in their... read more

A Classic from the Archive: Tim O'Reilly interviewed in 1994

October 05 2009

Unfortunately I don't remember who pointed me to this (it was a few months ago via Twitter I think), but I came across it while cleaning off my Mac... read more

The App Store and the Long Tail Part 2: The Real "DRM" At Stake

August 09 2009

Note there's a lot of images in this post, so if you're reading it via RSS, you may want to click through to the original post if you can't see... read more

Would an Apple Tablet be an Ereader? Yes and No.

July 28 2009

Last Friday the latest round of rumors of an Apple Tablet swelled considerably after a piece from Apple Insider asserted the device is now on the 2010 product roadmap:... read more

Can't Get Approval for your App? Sell the Source Code

July 21 2009

We just released 17 O'Reilly books as standalone iPhone Apps (The Twitter Book looks fantastic -- and as a bonus #hashtags in the text are clickable), and so I've been looking at various options for monitoring sales and popularity (AppViz, AppFigures, and MajicRank have proven quite useful), and was eager… read more

Long Tail Evidence from The App Store

July 20 2009

Last week we released 16 of our books as iPhone Apps (and on Saturday added The Twitter Book), and there's some interesting Long Tail data coming in. We've seen Long... read more

Scribd Store a Welcome Addition to Ebook Market (and 650 O'Reilly Titles Included)

May 18 2009

The document-sharing site Scribd has launched a new "Scribd Store" selling view and download access to documents and books. As part of the launch, there are now more than 650 O'Reilly ebooks now available for preview and sale in the Scribd store, and all include DRM-free PDF downloads with purchase.… read more

Is Print a Preference or a Habit?

March 16 2009

Over on the O'Reilly Radar blog, Dale Dougherty posted on students increasingly prefering the sound of MP3 over higher quality music: [Jonathan Berger] has them listen to a variety... read more

O'Reilly Ebooks Now In Stanza Online Catalog

March 06 2009

Just in time for Read an Ebook Week O'Reilly's 400+ ebooks are now available for direct purchase and download on your iPhone or iPod Touch from within Stanza's Online Catalog. Buying ebooks this way gives you the same flexible, DRM-free ebook bundles as buying through (because you are buying… read more

"Kindle Killer" Might be Hyperbole, but a Lot to Like About Shortcovers

February 16 2009

The email invitation I received to check out shortcovers -- a new hybrid Web/mobile reading site from Canada's Indigo Books & Music -- touted it as a "Kindle Killer." While... read more

Using the Twitter Search API to Refine TOC Conference Tweet Data

February 15 2009

I didn't see it coming from this audience, but the Twitter chatter was thunderous during the TOC Conference this year. As things wound up, a lot of attendees were looking for a single list of all the conference tweets. Not... read more

O'Reilly Labs: RDF For All of Our Books, Plus Bookworm Ebook Reader

February 10 2009

There's more details on the Labs blog, but timed with our Tools of Change for Publishing Conference, we've opened up RDF metadata for all of our books, and have also brought the open source Bookworm ebook reader into O'Reilly Labs. It's a great way to read any of our ebooks… read more

Google Opens Mobile Access to Public-Domain Books

February 05 2009

Via a Google press release, word that visiting provides mobile access to 1.5 million public-domain books from within Google Book Search: Today, we're making it possible for anyone... read more

Popping the Hood on the iPhone Missing Manual App

February 04 2009

Over on Teleread, Chris Meadows has a nice review of our iPhone Missing Manual app, which echoes several other reviewers (and my own personal experience with the app): How... read more

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Webcast: Publishing without Boundaries: What's on the O'Reilly Radar for the Future of Publishing
September 30, 2010
Duration: Approximately 60 minutes. Cost: Free Join O'Reilly Media and the Cleveland Digital Publishing User Group for this look at the future of publishing. Readers are changing their habits, and are demonstrating they're as eager as ever to find...

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