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Publishing Technology wins John Benjamins’ digital platform deal

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Publishing Technology wins John Benjamins’ digital platform deal

pub2web will transform discoverability of academic publisher’s content

Oxford, 13th July 2011 – John Benjamins, an independent Dutch academic publisher, has chosen Publishing Technology plc’s pub2web platform to host its publications in one place for the first time.

The new deal will see Publishing Technology (LSE: PTO), the largest global provider of software services to publishing, work with John Benjamins to upgrade its online hosting solution to the pub2web platform. The company has nearly 3,000 books and 50 journals, as well as bibliographic databases and online handbooks which pub2web’s custom portal will integrate within a single resource.

The pub2web platform will enable potential customers to find content across all of John Benjamins’ titles – frontlist and backlist – and help the company to create new online products across all of its specialist fields. Crucially, these services will provide the publisher with new opportunities for monetization and repackaging of existing content across its book, journal and reference products.

Jan Reijer Groesbeek, Director of Publishing at John Benjamins, said: “We have been working closely with Publishing Technology for a number of years now and are delighted to be discovering new avenues of digital development with them. With such a large backlist and a steady stream of newly published titles coming out each year, it is vital that we have the right partnerships in place to help us make our content more discoverable online and to generate subsequent revenue.”

Rachel Henning, Head of Client Management at Publishing Technology, stated: “This important new deal will enable John Benjamins to evolve its online strategy significantly. By taking full advantage of the pub2web platform’s industry standard compliance and sophisticated information commerce, and having the potential to use the semantic web capabilities, the company will be able to experiment with new business models in a low risk environment.”

John Benjamins has already worked with Publishing Technology for 12 years, as it is a long-standing ingentaconnect customer. One of Publishing Technology’s core products, pub2web provides custom web platforms, tailor made to any business model and any type of content.

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Notes to Editors:

For more information, please contact:
Emily Taylor, Publishing Technology plc
Tel: +44 1865 397873
Email: emily.taylor[at]publishingtechnology[dot]com

Publishing Technology plc:
The Publishing Technology group enables publishers to focus on their core competences by providing a single, trusted partner for both technology requirements and business development services. It is one of the largest providers of software and services for the publishing industry, servicing eight out of ten of the world’s largest publishers.

Publishing Technology’s products and services include advance, ingentaconnect, VISTA, author2reader, pub2web, ICS and PCG.

The group’s proposition uniquely spans front and back office systems – complemented by a range of business development services – to provide the industry’s only end-to-end suite of software specifically designed to support the publishing process. Capabilities cover editorial & production, product information, billing & fulfilment, content conversion & hosting, website development, marketing programs, information commerce, customer relationship management, rights & royalties and business intelligence. All application modules can be configured independently to meet specific publishers’ needs and to allow flexible integration with existing systems. Associated sales and marketing services include consultancy and research, sales representation and telemarketing. The company is listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange and has offices in Europe, North America and Australia.

About pub2web:
pub2web™ is a customized, multi-content publications platform—delivering all the functionality needed to support evolving online strategies and to satisfy the user base, however diverse their needs. Customers benefit from proven, regularly-updated technology while also maintaining full control of their brand, their content and their user relationships. It allows customers to help their users to explore all their content – whatever its format – with progressive browsing options driven by pub2web’s award-winning data storage and modelling.

About John Benjamins:
John Benjamins Publishing Company is an independent, family-owned academic publisher headquartered in Amsterdam. Founded over 40 years ago the company publishes extensively in the fields of Linguistics and Translation Studies, as well as Cognitive Science, Psychology, Information Design, Terminology, Philosophy, Literary Studies, and Art History. In the past decade, JB has built a significant list of print and electronic publications, including the Bibliography of Pragmatics, the Translation Studies Bibliography, the Bibliography of Metaphor and Metonymy, the Handbook of Pragmatics Online and the Handbook of Translation Studies. In 2010 JB published over 135 new book titles and 50 journals by and for academic researchers and trainers, with a backlist of nearly 3,000 titles. For more information, please see www.benjamins.com.

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