San Francisco, Calif. - December 14, 2005 - blinkx, the smartest thing on the Web, today announced a partnership deal adding hundreds of video clips of authors discussing their books from Meet the Author (www.meettheauthor.com and www.meettheauthor.co.uk). Users of www.blinkx.tv will be able to search across a collection of over 800 clips, finding varied material whether for use at school or home.
Online shopping has grown popular over the last few years as increasing numbers of web users turn to the internet in search of that elusive perfect gift. Books have long been a holiday gift favorite and Meet the Author is the world's first and only interactive video marketing and book promotional company, offering hundreds of 1 minute clips featuring authors talking about their books in their own words. Users of www.blinkx.tv will be able to search through the clips, literally word by word.
blinkx is the only engine optimized for rich media search. It uses voice recognition software to automatically index and transcribe video content making it fully searchable at blinkx.tv. Whether searching for a particular author or genre or just a topic that is of interest, users will be able to use blinkx to pinpoint relevant content and jump directly to the clips that match best.
"We are delighted to be partnering with blinkx. As our content base gets larger, finding the right clip or author becomes more of a challenge. Blinkx will be able to help us achieve this with little extra effort. Our users won't need to necessarily remember titles or authors anymore - they'll be able to just as easily use plot, structure and theme to find what interests them most," said David Freeman, Founder of Meet the Author.
"Meet the Author has unique material that gives fascinating insight into books and the individuals who write them. The variety of content they have to offer will have something to peak anyone's interest whether you are a student, a bookworm obsessed with a particular author or someone who's just looking for a great, well-paced thriller. We are very happy to be lending a search hand to this excellent material, especially during the holidays when it should prove a valuable tool for all those looking for just the gift for friends and family," said Federico Grosso, VP Business Development, blinkx.
"Meet the Author is a great idea and a very effective way of bringing authors and readers together. I wish it every success as it moves into new technical realms!" said Philip Pullman, author of His Dark Materials trilogy.
blinkx, the smartest thing on your computer and on the Web, is changing the way that people think about search. Only blinkx can harness the desktop, Web and TV - unifying content with a one stop search tool. Available to users on the Web at www.blinkx.com and www.blinkx.tv, as well as free to download, blinkx automatically and intelligently links to content anywhere and in any format, on the Web, on the desktop and even on TV. blinkx's conceptual toolbar means users are no longer limited to keyword search; instead, blinkx assesses all the information that the user is actively viewing, and automatically recommends and retrieves relevant content, from local, Web and TV searches, based on context. In addition, www.blinkx.tv makes thousands of hours of TV content fully searchable and available on demand for the first time. blinkx is a privately-held company based in San Francisco and London. More information is available at www.blinkx.com.