O'Reilly Media and Microsoft joined forces to support and expand Microsoft Press from production through distribution, co-publishing and content development, marketing and management that includes "ebook initiatives." Through this strategic relationship, on November 30, O'Reilly will become the distributor of Microsoft Press titles in North America with a global roll out in a phased approach. Both O'Reilly and Microsoft’ll develop Microsoft Press titles. O'Reilly, a publisher and organizer of tech conferences, will give Microsoft Press access to its social media tools, webcasts and web portals. The deal gives Microsoft Press -- the software giant's in-house publisher of books and training manuals on Microsoft technologies -- another distribution outlet for its titles. It might also signal new Microsoft interest in electronic books -- a market where Amazon, Google and others have taken an early lead.
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