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February 2, 2009 — 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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EBSCO to Distribute ConsumerReports.org Subscriptions to Libraries

Consumers Union (www.consumer.org) and EBSCO Publishing (www.ebscohost.com) announced a distribution partnership allowing libraries to subscribe to ConsumerReports.org for a fixed annual subscription. The resource will be available alongside all other EBSCOhost databases so authentication and entry points are seamless and consistent.

Consumer Reports.org is reportedly the largest paid, subscription-based website in the world with 3.3 million paying subscribers. The website’s articles, blogs, forums, and videos enable consumers to make better purchasing decisions on all the products they are shopping for, to save money on home improvement plans, to shore up personal finances, to improve their health, and more. The site also features the ability to shop online for everything from electronics to appliances, new- and used-car pricing, and the New Car Selector Tool.

Consumers Union (CU), the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports and ConsumerReports.org, was founded in 1936 and is recognized as one of the most important consumer organizations in the world. It has the world’s largest nonprofit educational and consumer product-testing facility. No CU publication accepts outside advertising.

Carol Lappin, director of business development at Consumers Union says, "This is a wonderful opportunity to increase access to unbiased product reviews and money-saving tips for library users everywhere." ConsumerReports.org provides ratings and reviews, recommendations, and buying advice across several franchises. Each product includes an overview, a ratings report card, and reviews and recommendations. Additional information includes brand reliability and user reviews plus news, blogs, forums, and video content. The website breaks down topics, further allowing library patrons to explore the product reviews, ratings, news, and comparisons.

Source: EBSCO Publishing



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