SOURCE: Questia Media, Inc.

August 23, 2007 12:30 ET

Questia Opens Access to Classics -- 5,000 Books Readable for Free

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - August 23, 2007) - Questia Media, Inc., the company who launched the original digital library of high-quality copyrighted content in 2001, today announced it has made more than 5,000 of its books available for free. Visitors can now read any of these classic selections online from cover to cover.

"We have a treasure trove of material we wanted to share with the world," said Tim Harris, CEO of Questia. "These are some of the greatest and most influential books ever written -- we felt that only giving our paid subscribers access to these books is a disservice to the internet community as a whole. Now everyone can read them."

Titles include such classics as "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain, "Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens, "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne, "Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection" by Charles Darwin, "Up from Slavery" by Booker T. Washington, "The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair, and "Candide" by Voltaire. Free books also include selected scholarly works as well as a complete encyclopedia.

Questia's online reader allows users to experience digital books in much the same way as physical books, but with several improvements. With a paid or free trial subscription, readers can take notes, highlight, and create instant citations and bibliographies in any of seven major styles. Readers can search each book's full text or Questia's entire library of over 70,000 books and 1.7 million articles. And unlike traditional libraries, we are always open and books are never "checked out" -- they are always available, 24x7.

A complete list of Questia's free books, sorted by title and author, is available at http://www.questia.com/publicdomainindex

About Questia

Questia Media, Inc. provides the world's largest online academic library and research service featuring high-quality copyrighted content. Students, instructors, and lifelong learners in more than 200 countries use Questia's collection of nearly 70,000 full-text books and over 1.7 million articles for scholarly research.

A digital toolkit enables researchers to highlight text, properly cite passages, and automatically generate bibliographies and footnotes. In addition, Questia provides a personalized workspace for each user, complete with an individual bookshelf and reference resources. Founded in 1998, Questia Media is based in Houston.

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