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Kluwer announcement re. e-book content

For Immediate Release

Contact Information:
Alexandra Blondel

Kluwer's New Platform Offers Customized Book Content Online

NEW YORK, NY - Thursday, September 12, 2002 - Kluwer Academic Publishers
(KAP) today announced the launch of Kluwer Online Custom Books, a new
platform offering online users the ability to create individual customized
books from KAP's electronic books collection. KAP is one of the first
major STM publishers to offer custom books and the only publisher that
offers a choice of print or electronic delivery of customized information.
A simple six-step process lets scientists and researchers choose chapters
they want, title their creation, and decide if they want the custom book
delivered electronically or printed and mailed as a perfect-bound

Using the Custom Book Builder, researchers can browse available subject
areas, pick individual chapters from different books, preview and combine
them in a desired order and specify a delivery format.  Books delivered
electronically are available in Adobe Acrobat� eBook format. The Custom
Books platform is also well suited for course-pack creation for educators.
The Kluwer Online Custom Books platform is available at

"By introducing Custom Books, KAP's goal is to give the scientific
community greater flexibility and an expanded range of options for
purchasing scientific information," states Scott Delman, Vice President of
Electronic Publishing at Kluwer Academic Publishers.  "The Custom Books
application combines the increased search-ability of online access and the
ability to customize specialized information into print or electronic
packages for use in academic or professional environments. There is a
tremendous opportunity here for both the academic and professional
communities to expand their use of the body of scholarly literature."

Kluwer Online Custom Books are the latest innovation in a suite of online
products released by KAP over the past months that include: Kluwer Online
Journals, with online access to more than 750 scholarly and scientific
journals; Kluwer Online Reference Works, a new service offering online
subscribers access to a catalogue of benchmark reference works; and Kluwer
Online eBooks, digital editions of more than 450 current reference books
in the fields of Biomedicine, Chemistry, Computer Science/Electrical
Engineering, Physical Sciences/Materials Science, Mathematics and Social

About Kluwer Academic Publishers
Kluwer Academic Publishers, located in the Netherlands (Dordrecht) and the
USA (Boston and New York), is one of the leading scientific publishers and
is a wholly owned subsidiary of Wolters Kluwer nv.  Kluwer Academic
Publishers annually publishes more than 1500 book titles by reputed
researchers from all over the world, and leading authors from all
scientific subject areas publish regularly in its 750 scientific journals.
The electronic platform, Kluwer Online, reaches millions of researchers in
more than 50 countries.