SAN CARLOS, Calif. — April 21, 2009 — MarkLogic Corporation, a leading provider of infrastructure software for information applications, today announced that global publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (NYSE:JWa and JWb) is using MarkLogic Server to power its new strategic publishing application, Wiley Custom Select, which was delivered in late March to college and university faculty.
Using Wiley Custom Select, instructors can “build” customized higher education course materials that fit their exact pedagogical needs, in a simple three-step process that takes just minutes to complete. The custom publishing application enables users to easily find the content, personalize the material and format, and submit the order.
Wiley Custom Select simplifies the process and increases the possibilities of building course readers. Instructors can search and select content from an extensive collection of Wiley titles, arrange chapters in any order, and upload their own material. They can then customize and personalize the format, choosing print or eBook, black and white or color printing, soft or hard cover binding, and individualized title page and cover copy. Finally, they have the ability to preview and submit the fully assembled text, review the instant price quote, and submit the order. If the instructor chooses print books, copies will arrive at the campus bookstore within a few weeks, ready for purchase by students. If the instructor chooses the eBook format, the custom project will be available online as a Wiley Digital Edition even sooner.
“Wiley Custom Select, powered by MarkLogic’s XML Server, is a dynamic tool that ensures that textbooks and learning materials are relevant to coursework – a key factor for students to achieve success and get good value for their investment. It also offers instructors a seamless and user-friendly service,” said Iam Williams, director, custom learning solutions, Wiley Higher Education.
Half of Wiley Higher Education’s current front-list titles are already available from the Wiley Custom Select repository, and the rest will be available shortly. John Meyer, director, content delivery technologies, explained that it is only the beginning, “MarkLogic Server gives Wiley an extensible framework that we will scale up to include all Wiley content. For starters, we intend to provide such diverse content as scholarly/scientific peer-reviewed journals, encyclopedias, and professional and technology books. Furthermore, this technology enables us to provide custom solutions across all of Wiley’s markets and customer groups, including business, research, professional, consumer, and academic. There will be exciting and innovative content solutions introduced in the months and years ahead.”
Wiley’s partnership with MarkLogic is enabling a fundamental shift in the way Wiley creates and assembles content. With MarkLogic Server as the underpinning of its strategy, Wiley is benefiting from the unified architecture that streamlines product creation and maintenance by having all content and functionality in a single location.
“MarkLogic Server allows our customers to leapfrog traditional technology limitations and deliver content to users in new and exciting ways,” said Tracy Eiler, vice president of marketing, MarkLogic Corporation. “Innovative customers like Wiley are on the forefront of publishing and we’re pleased to be partners in such a game-changing project. As the needs of today’s information consumers continue to evolve, applications like Wiley Custom Select will ensure users have personalized access to the most respected subject-matter experts.”
Founded in 1807, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. has been a valued source of information and understanding for more than 200 years, helping people around the world meet their needs and fulfill their aspirations. Wiley and its acquired companies have published the works of more than 350 Nobel laureates in all categories: Literature, Economics, Physiology or Medicine, Physics, Chemistry, and Peace.
Our core businesses publish scientific, technical, medical and scholarly journals, encyclopedias, books, and online products and services; professional/trade books, subscription products, training materials, and online applications and Web sites; and educational materials for undergraduate and graduate students and lifelong learners. Wiley’s global headquarters are located in Hoboken, New Jersey, with operations in the U.S., Europe, Asia, Canada, and Australia. The Company’s Web site can be accessed at http://www.wiley.com. The Company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbols JWa and JWb.