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March 25, 2002 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Comptonís Encyclopedia Returns to Britannica

Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc. ( has announced that it has acquired an exclusive license from Broderbund, LLC and Success Publishing Group to publish and distribute Compton's Encyclopedia in print and CD-ROM. The agreement brings the popular student encyclopedia back to Britannica, which owned Compton's for 32 years before selling it in 1993. Britannica will immediately add the 2002 edition of Compton's to its product line, where it will join the flagship Encyclopaedia Britannica. According to the announcement, this agreement will bolster Britannica's position in the encyclopedia market, especially with libraries and schools in the upper elementary grades through high school. Mike Capetanakis, president of Success Publishing Group, which previously published Compton's, will join Britannica as a consultant.

The agreement is the latest in a series of moves by Britannica to broaden its coverage in the encyclopedia market, where it has been a key player for more than 2 centuries. Last fall the company published a new version of the 32-volume Encyclopaedia Britannica, and it is about to release the first one-volume encyclopedia in its history. According to the announcement, other single-volume reference works are also under development and the company plans new reference products for the Internet, CD-ROM, and DVD. Britannica is currently differentiating its Web offerings, creating different sites that serve the needs of consumers, families, K-12 schools, universities, and libraries.

Source: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc.

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