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September 3, 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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R.R. Bowker Launches Service

R.R. Bowker ( has introduced (, a new Web-based service that provides access to detailed information about the 200,000 organizations within the U.S. publishing industry that have Standard Address Number (SAN) assignments. A SAN is the universal account number that's assigned to publishers, wholesalers, distributors, bookstores, libraries, and any other business associated with the manufacturing and distribution of books in the U.S.

The seven-digit SAN has become the standard code for electronic communication within the publishing industry and is the key identifier that allows an organization to conduct e-commerce. R.R. Bowker is the official administrative agent for the SAN Agency, which oversees the SAN assignments for a one-time fee of $125. Access to is available in various packages for single users starting at $75 for 1-day access, or for multiple users starting at $750 for 1-month access.

Visitors can search the database for contact information for any organization with a SAN assignment or find the SAN for any company with which they are seeking to do business. The new Web service can be used to quickly confirm shipping address information, build prospect databases, efficiently track down specific vendors, and conduct market research.

Source: R.R. Bowker

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