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August 23, 2006 11:16 ET

Multimedia Britannica Is Sleeker, Smoother, Better for 2007

More Frequent Updates, Homework Aids, Enhanced Timelines Lead Upgrade

CHICAGO, IL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 23, 2006 -- New ways to explore information and better homework tools are among the enhancements to the 2007 edition of Encyclopaedia Britannica's Ultimate Reference Suite.

The latest version of Britannica's multimedia software boasts several improvements. In addition to significant editorial revisions, the product includes:

--  "Explore" - provides engaging, Flash-based tours of video, classical
    music, yearbook entries and historical Britannica articles by famous
    contributors.
--  Virtual Note Cards - lets researchers take notes and link them to
    particular Britannica articles. Other homework-tool enhancements include
    science-fair help and direct links to Britannica's multimedia "spotlight"
    features online.
--  Enhanced historical timelines - Time literally flies with the new
    Flash interface to Britannica's classic timelines.  Simple mouse action
    sends researchers hurtling across the centuries.
--  More frequent updates - users can go online monthly for new and
    revised articles.
    
The Ultimate Reference Suite has three encyclopedias: the entire 32-volume Encyclopaedia Britannica, Britannica Student Encyclopedia and Britannica Elementary Encyclopedia. Each encyclopedia forms the cornerstone of an integrated "reference library" with its own interface that includes a dictionary, thesaurus, atlas, and historical timelines appropriate to the age of the user.

Other features include:

--  Britannica BrainStormer™. This popular visual browser, based on
    Britannica's unique classification system, provides an exhilarating ride
    though the encyclopedia.  The feature has been improved for the 2007
    edition.
--  166,000 online links to magazine articles and high-quality Web sites.
--  Merriam-Webster's Dictionary & Thesaurus.
--  Rich multimedia: thousands of images, audio and video clips that bring
    subjects to life.
    
The 2007 edition is available on DVD and CD-ROM for Windows and Macintosh computers. Customers get free updates for a year and a free 90-day subscription to Britannica’s online premium service (www.britannica.com). The suggested retail price is $49.95 US. The product is available where software is sold and direct from Britannica. Customers can call 1-800-323- 1229 or go to www.britannica.com. A demonstration of the product is at http://corporate.britannica.com/2007demo/.

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. 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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