Swets and Catchword form partnership

Subject: Swets and Catchword form partnership
From: Jennifer Buizer (jbuizer@swets.nl)
Date: ma 25 loka   1999 - 13:25:39 EEST

+++ Press Release +++

Lisse, 12 October 1999

Swets and Catchword form partnership
to provide
electronic solutions for publishers

CatchWord and Swets Subscription Service announced at the Frankfurt Book
Fair the signing of an agreement to jointly provide electronic publishing
services to research and scholarly publishers.

Under the terms of the agreement CatchWord will supply Swets with the
electronic publishing infrastructure and platform that will allow Swets to
provide a complete end to end electronic publishing service for their
publisher customers. The Swets electronic publishing service will
incorporate production, hosting, distribution, and other value added
services such as reference linking to Abstracting and Indexing services and
will fully utilise the CatchWord global server network. The agreement
enables Swets to offer a fully branded electronic publishing service along
with its existing portfolio of services to publishers worldwide. It provides
CatchWord with extended reach to publishers.

Steven Hartmann, Sales and Marketing Director of Swets commented: "One of
our strategic goals is to expand the portfolio of services that we offer our
publishing clients, especially in the area of Internet related services.
Offering publishers a complete end to end electronic publishing and
subscription management package is one key element in the execution of that
strategy. CatchWord's proven ability and track record in providing
comprehensive electronic publishing solutions for publishers, plus their
ability to provide a series of products that meet the needs of a wide range
of publishers meant that they were the obvious candidates for us to contract

Simon Inger, Managing Director of CatchWord commented: "Swets Subscription
Service has a reputation for service that is widely recognised in the
industry. We are therefore delighted to become the exclusive provider of
primary electronic publishing services to such a well-recognised player in
the scholarly information business. It significantly enhances our presence
and profile in the publishing community globally and especially in Europe."

Branded as a new Swets' service, the sales management and publisher
relations processes will be handled by Swets, whilst CatchWord will provide
the technical infrastructure, production and distribution functions.

About Swets
Swets Subscription Service is a division of Swets & Zeitlinger, an
international company involved in all developments within the area of
electronic publishing and the distribution of scientific and professional
information. Swets Subscription Service has offices in 18 countries and
handles subscriptions for some 200,000 titles from more than 50,000
publishers worldwide.
Other divisions within Swets and Zeitlinger are Swets Backsets Service
(backsets and reprints of scholarly journals), Swets Document Systems (data
conversion), Swets Test Publishers (development and publishing of
psychological tests), Swets & Zeitlinger Publishers (scholarly journal and
book publishers). Swets & Zeitlinger has over 800 employees worldwide.

A key service from Swets in the area of full-text Internet publishing is
SwetsNet, the single source for electronic journals. Some 47 publishers are
currently participating in the service which provides easy global access to
more than 2400 journals via the Web. The straightforward interface and
easy-to-use search engine simplify the whole approach to acquiring and
accessing Internet journals. A range of additional features are also
available to users and library managers, including: table of contents email
alerting; an electronic abstracts current awareness service; an SDI
(Selective Dissemination of Information) function; seamless linking from
secondary bibliographical services (such as SilverPlatter) and library
catalogues; and usage statistics.

About CatchWord
CatchWord was formed in 1994 and provides publishers with comprehensive,
tailored, internet publishing services designed to grow their business by
deploying cost effective, global and secure solutions. CatchWord works
closely with its publisher clients and industry intermediaries to help them
exploit the internet as a delivery and a marketing channel to researchers,
scholars, musicians and business consumers of information.

Note to Editors:
If you have any questions regarding this press release, please contact Bart
de Gans, Communication Manager of Swets & Zeitlinger BV,
Tel: +31 (0)252 435 388, Email: bdegans@swets.nl.

For more information about CatchWord contact:
Chris Beckett, Sales and Marketing Director
Tel: +44 (0)1235 555877 Fax: +44 (0)1235 5365000

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