SOURCE: Bowker

November 30, 2006 09:20 ET

Bowker's Fiction Connection Honored as One of Best Electronic Services and Databases for Libraries

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 30, 2006 -- Bowker, the world's leading provider of bibliographic information, today announced that its Fiction Connection readers' advisory tool was feted as the "Best Interface" for electronic services of interest to libraries.

The selection was made by the members of the editorial board from the highly regarded library trade publication, The Charleston Advisor. Bowker's Fiction Connection was recognized for "an innovative search interface with a graphical tagging-like screen for which librarians can't seem to get enough."

Fiction and biography books published in the U.S. can be easily identified through Fiction Connection (, which allows patrons or librarians to search similar titles by entering the title of a book they already know they enjoy, or browsing by location, topic, character, genre, timeframe or setting. The user is then provided with a comprehensive list of suggested reading that has characteristics matching their original search criteria. Moreover, readers can also identify popular character types and retrieve a list of books based on their selections. Fiction Connection is complimentary with all and subscriptions.

Bowker is the world's leading source for bibliographic information. The company provides searching, analytical, promotional, and ordering services to publishers, booksellers, libraries, and patrons through national and international brands, including: Books In Print®, Global Books in Print®, Books in Print IntelliMarket™, Syndetic Solutions™, Pubnet®, PubEasy™, Simba Information™, and more. In the U.S. and Puerto Rico, Bowker is also the ISBN and SAN Agency and a DOI registration agency for the publishing industry. Bowker is headquartered in New Providence, New Jersey, with operations in East Grinstead, England, and Port Melbourne, Australia. For more company details, please visit

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