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July 17, 2000 — 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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Contentville.com Launches

Earlier this year, Brill Media Holdings, L.P., the company that publishes Brill's Contentmagazine (which covers the media), announced the formation of a partnershipto launch Contentville.com, an e-commerce site to sell all kinds of content,including magazines, book and e-books, transcripts, speeches, and archivedarticles from magazines, and provides experts' recommendations (see theFebruary 14, 2000 NewsBreak "Brill MediaHoldings and Partners to Launch Contentville.com"). The site hasnow formally launched (http://www.contentville.com),with a promise "to revolutionize the quality of media available to consumerson the Web-and to transform the way consumers buy content online."

Contentville.com charges$2.95 for a magazine article and $1.95 for a speech, even if it's availablefree on the Web, reasoning that the site aggregates a substantial amountand diverse range of content and provides searching across all the categories.Book pricing is competitive with other book sites (25 percent discount),and a membership in the Contentville Citizen's Club, costing $19.95 a year,will give an additional 5 percent discount off book purchases. The siteserves as a clearinghouse, using its distribution partners for shippingmaterials: Ingram for books and magazines, Gemstar and Microsoft for e-books,Bell & Howell for research and dissertations, and Alibris for rarebooks.

Brill Media owns 34 percentof Contentville, and its partners include CBS, NBC, Primedia, Microsoft,EBSCO, Ingram Books Group, and James Cramer, a Wall Street investment managerand founder of TheStreet.com. The existence of this partnership with somehigh-profile media players is exactly why reporters continue to questionwhether the magazine that serves as self-appointed "watch-dog" for themedia can possibly maintain its integrity and independence.

Also making headlines wasthe news that convicted computer hacker Kevin Mitnick had received permissionfrom his probation officer to write regularly for Contentville.com. Hewill also be allowed to lecture and consult.

Source: Brill Media Holdings



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