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Canonical Announces Partnership with Pearson Technology Group and Linux New Media to Add eBooks and Magazines Through the Ubuntu Software Center

Press Release   •   Oct 24, 2011 17:12 BST

Canonical Announces Partnership with Pearson Technology Group and Linux New Media to Add eBooks and Magazines Through the Ubuntu Software Center

Canonical today announced the addition of books and magazines to the Ubuntu Software Center with new content from partners Pearson Technology Group and Linux New Media.  The Ubuntu Software Center brings together free and commercial applications, tools and games available for users. Through a simple interface users can find, select, review, buy and install software quickly and easily. With these partnerships, Ubuntu users will be able to purchase high-quality electronic productions of magazines and eBooks. Once purchased, users can download them as highly visual PDFs to their Ubuntu computers or e-readers. 

News Facts:
The Ubuntu Software Center is the recommended software management system in Ubuntu; 
Commercial software was added to the Center in April 2011 for the Ubuntu 11.04 release;
The purchasing process is completely secure, backed by the Ubuntu identity management system; 
Developers interested in publishing software on Ubuntu can find out more at

“Through this innovative partnership we are adding eBooks and magazines to the wide range of applications currently available in the Ubuntu Software Center, creating a fantastic revenue opportunity for Ubuntu developers and content creators,” said Steve George, VP Business Development, Canonical.” 

“We’re excited to be one of the first publishers to add our books to the Ubuntu Software Center,” said Paul Boger, Vice President and Publisher, Pearson Technology Group. “This partnership will bring our content to a wider audience of people, and create a central repository for users who want to learn about Ubuntu.” 

“Publishing our magazine titles through the Ubuntu Software Center provides us with a new way to serve our readers globally,” said Brian Osborn, CEO, Linux New Media. “By providing our titles electronically, users can gain immediate access to the content they seek and enjoy it on any number of devices, wherever they are.”

Visit the Ubuntu Software Centre to purchase and download Pearson titles including “The Official Ubuntu Book”, 6/e by Benjamin Hill, Matthew Helmke, Amber Graner and Corey Burger; “Ubuntu Unleashed: 2011 Edition” by Matthew Helmke, Andrew Hudson and Paul Hudson; “The Official Ubuntu Server Book”, 2/e by Kyle Rankin and Benjamin Hill; and “A Practical Guide to Ubuntu Linux”, 3/e by Mark Sobell.  Linux New Media magazine titles, including Ubuntu User, Linux Magazine,  Smart Developer and ADMIN, will be available from $6.99 USD. 

About Canonical
Canonical provides engineering, online and professional services to Ubuntu partners and customers worldwide. As the company behind the Ubuntu project, Canonical is committed to the production and support of Ubuntu – an ever-popular and fast-growing open-source operating system. It aims to ensure that Ubuntu is available to every organisation and individual on servers, desktops, laptops and netbooks.

Canonical partners with computer hardware manufacturers to certify Ubuntu, provides migration, deployment, support and training services to businesses, and offers online services direct to end users. Canonical also builds and maintains collaborative, open source development tools to ensure that organisations and individuals can participate fully in innovations within the open-source community. For more information, please visit the Canonical website.

About  Linux New Media
Linux New Media, headquartered in Munich, Germany, is one of the world's leading suppliers of Open Source and Professional IT content. Print publications include Ubuntu User, Linux Magazine, ADMIN and Smart Developer, all of which are published in various languages, including English, German, Polish, Portuguese and Spanish. In addition, Linux New Media produces many IT-oriented online products and organizes industry events such as the Open Source area of CeBIT. For more information, please visit 

About Pearson
The world’s leading learning company, Pearson (NYSE: PSO) is home to such respected brands as Addison-Wesley Professional, Cisco Press, Exam Cram, IBM Press, Prentice Hall Professional, Que, and Sams Publishing, which have as their online publishing arm, InformIT ( – The Trusted Technology Learning Source. In addition, Berkeley-based Peachpit ( , the publishing partner for Adobe Press, Apple Certified, and others, publishes best-selling books for creative design professionals.

About Canonical
Canonical engineering and open community governance drive Ubuntus success in client, server andcloud computing - including personal cloud services for consumers. Canonicals vision of a unifiedfree platform in Ubuntu, from phone to cloud, with a family of coherent interfaces for the phone,tablet, TV and desktop, makes Ubuntu the first choice for diverse institutions from public cloudproviders to the makers of consumer electronics, and a favourite among individual technologists.

With developers and engineering centres around the world, Canonical is uniquely positioned topartner with hardware makers, content providers and software developers to bring Ubuntu solutionsto market - from PCs to servers and handheld devices.

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