Blackwell Synergy online journal site surpasses one million user sessions using Atypon technology at the helm

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OXFORD, UK and SANTA CLARA, CA USA – December 2, 2002 – Blackwell Publishing and Atypon Systems announced today that the new Blackwell Synergy electronic journal service, launched in early 2002, has reached more than one million user sessions per month. In addition, Blackwell has seen a dramatic increase in subscription sales and online sales since the implementation of the Synergy system build and hosted by Atypon Systems.

The Blackwell Synergy site, with Atypon's Literatum e-publishing software at its core, is hosted, operated, and managed by Atypon as part of a full service offering. Literatum is a full service adaptive information management platform behind sites such as the Academic Press IDEAL Library and CrossRef. Atypon has recently standardized its software and hosting solution to make it an affordable full service technology choice for all publishers.

"With Atypon technology behind our Synergy site, we have exceeded the expectations of both our readers and our librarian customers," said Ian Bannerman, Journal Sales Director at Blackwell Publishing. "The dramatic increase in usage to the site is one of many indications we have that our online journal site has been of great value for our user community."

"Synergy on Literatum has more features, content, performance and uptime than ever before and it is a truly world-class digital library. We are gratified with users' response," stated Georgios Papadopoulos, CEO of Atypon Systems. "Atypon continues to develop more technology and enhance its hosting platform to enable publishers to better serve their authors, librarians and end-user community."

Literatum's administration and access control give publishers full control over their content collections and online sales options, allowing them to create new packages, products, and offers. Detailed reporting gives publishers feedback that can be used to more effectively expand offerings and widen usage.

"Not only has usage and online sales increased substantially, but Blackwell has seen many new opportunities grow out of our ongoing partnership with Atypon," said Michael Fenton, Director of Information Technology at Blackwell Publishing. "Atypon has consistently provided us with outstanding service, a quick turnaround on change requests, and 100% uptime and performance in November."

Atypon will be demonstrating the benefits of Literatum and its other products and services at the Online Information 2002 conference in London this week.

About Blackwell Publishing

Blackwell Publishing has offices in the UK, US, Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, and Japan, and publishes over 650 journals in partnership with more than 500 academic and professional societies. This year alone, over 600 text and reference books will be published across a wide range of academic and professional subjects. For more information on Blackwell Publishing, please visit or

About Atypon

Since 1996, Atypon Systems, Inc. has focused on providing software and services to the information industry.

Atypon's electronic publishing software, Literatum manages content for eJournals, eReference Works, eBooks, and other digital media. This software powers major websites such as the Academic Press' IDEAL Library, Blackwell Synergy, and CrossRef.

In addition to software, Atypon provides publishers the option of a complete outsourced solution in conjunction with 16 leading technology vendors including Akamai, IBM, Dell, Oracle and Sun Microsystems.

Atypon's customers range from non-profit organizations to the world's leading publishers. The company is headquartered in Santa Clara, California and maintains a support office in Europe. For more information on Atypon Systems, please visit

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