Books24x7, a subsidiary of SkillSoft PLC and the developer of online Referenceware(TM) for IT and business professionals, today announced the nominations of its third annual Referenceware Excellence Awards. The awards will recognize the most widely used computer technology and business books available through Books24x7, which offers subscription clients detailed online searches to more than 5,000 unabridged IT and business books.
Winners will be announced at the 14th annual Waterside Publishing Conference, attended by authors, publishers, and third-party vendors, April 15-16, in Berkeley, California.
For each of 14 major categories, five book titles were selected based on actual usage by Books24x7 subscribers from January 1 through December 31, 2003. Judges, selected from the Books24x7 editorial advisory board, will choose each category winner after considering a variety of qualitative data, including content organization, depth and quality of subject matter coverage, and graphics.
“Throughout our long-standing partnership, we’ve seen how Books24x7’s powerful search engine can increase the usability of our print books,” said Scott Rogers, associate publisher of McGraw-Hill/Osborne Media. “Books24x7’s established presence in corporations worldwide and its successful business model demonstrate the value of electronic book delivery.” A leading technical publisher, McGraw-Hill/Osborne Media has six books among the Referenceware Awards nominees.
“These awards give us the opportunity to formally recognize those authors and publishers whose books have proven to be indispensable in the day-to-day work of thousands of IT and business professionals,” said John Ambrose, general manager of Books24x7. “As one of the major events for the publishing industry, the Waterside Conference is a perfect venue for honoring these top achievers.”