July 25, 2011

iSpeech® Develops Audio Reader for Elsevier’s SciVerse Applications

AMSTERDAM, July 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --

- Text-to-speech application enables researchers to listen to scientific
articles on SciVerse ScienceDirect

Elsevier, a world leading provider of scientific, technical and medical
information products and services, today announced the availability of an
audio reader application from iSpeech, provider of cloud-based speech
technology and mobile apps, on SciVerse Applications beta
[http://www.applications.sciverse.com ]. The iSpeech Audio Reader is the
latest in a growing list of applications enhancing the use of SciVerse
ScienceDirect content to improve researchers' workflows.

The iSpeech Audio Reader text-to-speech application instantly converts
any full-text article within SciVerse ScienceDirect, the world's largest
source of peer-reviewed scientific content containing more than 10 million
articles, into a natural sounding voice file. It enables researchers to
easily convert articles into MP3 audio files and listen to them on any
MP3-friendly device.

"Through our continued collaboration with Elsevier, we've expanded our
text-to-speech solutions into the realm of scientific research, which is an
ideal extension of our strategy to provide convenient, easy-to-use
approaches to learning and interacting with information," said Heath Ahrens,
Chief Executive Officer at iSpeech.

"The iSpeech Audio Reader is an ideal application for researchers that
are auditory learners or that are visually impaired," said Rafael Sidi, Vice
President, Applications and Developer Network at Elsevier."It's an excellent
example of our vision to work directly with the communities we serve to
provide customized search and discovery applications that solve specific
challenges users face within their research workflows."

The iSpeech Audio Reader application stems from a collaborative
relationship between iSpeech and Elsevier developed following a 24-hour
hackathon hosted by the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Elsevier.
Jesse Campbell, a graduate student at NJIT and software developer at
iSpeech, and fellow NJIT graduate student Metin Yorulmaz won first place for
the SV Social application which allows users to mark a favorite article,
share articles on social networks and convert text to speech.

SciVerse Applications [http://www.applications.sciverse.com ] and the
Developer Network [http://developers.sciverse.com ] provide opportunities
for researchers and librarians to collaborate with developers in creating
and promoting new applications that improve research workflows. The
Developer Network features a growing community of application developers
that gain potential recognition, prestige and revenue through their
contributions to SciVerse Applications.

About iSpeech

iSpeech (http://www.ispeech.org ) is a leading provider of
cloud-based speech technology and mobile apps, including the award winning
app, DriveSafe.ly(R) (http://www.drivesafe.ly ). Founded in 2007, the
company began as a vision to help college students learn by enabling them to
listen to text-based study materials. Today, developers, organizations and
consumers worldwide choose iSpeech for its high quality, scalable and easy
to use text-to-speech (TTS), automated speech recognition (ASR) and voice to
text solutions. The iSpeech Cloud has been used over a billion times.
iSpeech is a privately held company headquartered in Newark, NJ with offices
in San Francisco and New York.

About the Elsevier SciVerse Suite

The SciVerse (http://www.sciverse.com ) suite of search and
discovery offerings provides the global research community access to a
constantly expanding universe of content and solutions which can now be
accessed in one platform. The suite currently includes SciVerse
ScienceDirect (http://www.sciencedirect.com ), the world's largest
source of peer-reviewed content containing more than 10 million articles,
and SciVerse Scopus (http://www.scopus.com ), an abstract and citation
database containing 41 million records, 70% with abstracts and nearly 18,000
titles from 5,000 publishers worldwide. The platform also includes SciVerse
Hub beta (http://www.hub.sciverse.com ), which enables researchers to
perform a single search across all of the SciVerse content as well as
targeted web content with results ranked by relevancy and without
duplication. SciVerse Applications (http://www.applications.sciverse.com
) and Developer Network (http://www.developers.sciverse.com ) allow the
scientific community to build, find and use applications that enhance the
SciVerse research experience.

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and
medical information products and services. The company works in partnership
with the global science and health communities to publish more than 2,000
journals, including The Lancet [http://www.thelancet.com ] and Cell
[http://www.cell.com ], and close to 20,000 book titles, including major
reference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier's online solutions include
SciVerse ScienceDirect [http://www.sciencedirect.com ], SciVerse Scopus
[http://www.scopus.nl ], Reaxys [http://www.reaxys.com ], MD Consult
[http://www.mdconsult.com ] and Nursing Consult
[http://www.nursingconsult.com ], which enhance the productivity of science
and health professionals, and the SciVal suite [http://www.scival.com ] and
MEDai's Pinpoint Review [http://www.medai.com ], which help research and
health care institutions deliver better outcomes more cost-effectively.

A global business headquartered in Amsterdam, Elsevier
[http://www.elsevier.com ] employs 7,000 people worldwide. The company is
part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC [http://www.reedelsevier.com ], a
world-leading publisher and information provider, which is jointly owned by
Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN (Euronext
Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock

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