SOURCE: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc.

September 14, 2006 13:55 ET

Britannica Offers Free Samples Online

Web Sites and Blogs Can Now Link to Full Texts of Encyclopedia Articles

CHICAGO, IL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 14, 2006 --Bloggers and webmasters who want to support their opinions or enlighten readers can now do it by giving those readers articles from the Encyclopaedia Britannica (

Although access to the full encyclopedia requires a paid subscription, a Web link to an individual Britannica article now brings up the article in full. This new feature is part of a program the company says is aimed at giving more people samples of the rich and reliable information in the encyclopedia.

"Let's say you have an environmental site, and you want to give your readers solid background on global warming. Just point to the Britannica article and they'll be able to read it," said Dan Smith, senior vice president with Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc. "We have articles by the world's leading scholars and experts, many of them Nobel laureates, and you can now make some of those articles available to your users."

Sites can link manually to more than one article if they like, though there are limits to what users can see. Links from the first article that point to others in the Britannica database will take readers to partial texts of those second articles. Non-subscribers who conduct searches at the Britannica site will get access only to the site's free content.

Interested webmasters can go to for details on how to use the full-text linking feature.

About Encyclopaedia Britannica

Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc. ( is a leader in reference and education publishing whose products can be found in many media, from the Internet to cell phones to books. A pioneer in electronic publishing since the early 1980s, the company still publishes the 32-volume Encyclopaedia Britannica, along with services such as Britannica Online School Edition and new printed products such as Britannica Discovery Library, available for purchase at Britannica's online store ( Britannica's editorial operation is overseen by some of the world's most distinguished scholars, several of them Nobel laureates. The company makes its headquarters in Chicago.

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