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June 23, 2008 — 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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FictionDB Offers Free Access to Book Database

FictionDB ( has relaunched its reference website with new access to its comprehensive book database for fiction readers. Previously a subscription-only service, FictionDB now offers free access to more than 50,000 author book lists and 200,000 unique titles. In addition FictionDB provides series lists, synopses, and pseudonyms—all in a simple, easy-to-use format.

"FictionDB is unique in that the site is built top-down, rather than bottom-up like so many of the popular social networking book sites," states owner Kelly Wong. "To create the best reference site, you need both organization from the top and community knowledge from the bottom." Visitors provide additional information through tags and direct updates, but they are not the primary data source.

Readers have many options on the web for book-related information: blogs, social networking sites, and sites that sell or swap books. However, readers want a site that instantly provides them with the ability to search for an author, find the complete book list, discover books in a series, and read synopses or reviews.

FictionDB offers quick access to concise, usable information. Look up author Nora Roberts at most large book websites and upward of 500 different books will be displayed when there are currently only 164 unique works. FictionDB starts with the author and his or her bibliography. Synopses, genre information, series and sequels, publishing history, pseudonyms, and cover art are then added by a diligent staff. Many of the books in the database display information not available anywhere else on the web.

Source: FictionDB

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