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September 5, 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 ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Chemistry Preprint Server Now on

ChemWeb, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Elsevier Science, Ltd., has announced that the Chemistry Preprint Server (CPS) is now live on ( The CPS is a freely available and permanent Web archive and distribution medium for research articles in the field of chemistry. The CPS was developed by closely following the Los Alamos archives, which cover physics and related disciplines (

All users of the CPS will need to be members, but registration is fast and free of charge. All word-processor-type files are accepted and converted to PDF instantly. Any number of supplementary files (such as PowerPoint presentations or Excel worksheets) can be uploaded alongside the article. Authors of the articles can update submissions with new versions at any time, or redirect from the abstract to an online version if subsequently published. The CPS is fully browsable and searchable. Each article on the server also becomes the subject of its own discussion group where articles can be ranked and comments given. For a discussion of preprint services, see Robin Peek's column in the upcoming October 2000 issue of Information Today.

Source: ChemWeb, Inc.

eBookNet Hosts Online Library Forum This Week

eBookNet, a site offering news, reviews, and discussion forums for the e-book community (, will be hosting an online discussion on libraries, e-books, and the future during the week starting Tuesday, September 5. Library leaders and other interested parties are invited to discuss how electronic reading devices can be used in libraries now, despite the limitations of the current systems, and how e-books will fit into their plans for the future.

eBookNet will be giving away 10 Rocket eBooks each to the two libraries that propose, on the Online Events forum, the most compelling ideas/plans for using e-books in a library system. The site owners will also give away three Rocket eBooks to one event participant who will be chosen at random from all who post messages to the event.

eBookNet was launched in August 1998 by Glenn Sanders and business partner Alex Pigeon, and now claims more than 60,000 page views per week. In July 1999, Sanders and Pigeon sold the site to NuvoMedia, Inc., the creators of the Rocket eBook. The site continued to commit to a non-vendor-biased editorial policy, even when NuvoMedia was purchased by Gemstar International Group in January 2000.

Source: eBookNet

Inxight Products Implemented by Factiva

Inxight Software, Inc., a provider of information access and content-analysis software solutions (, has announced that Factiva, a jointly owned Dow Jones and Reuters Corp. company (, has licensed and implemented a suite of Inxight's advanced knowledge-extraction products. The product suite includes Inxight Categorizer, Summarizer, and Thing Finder, which are used to enhance the processing of Factiva's multilingual content.

Factiva, a provider of global news and business information to company intranets and enterprise information portals, is deploying Inxight's products to its Factiva Intelligent Indexing system—a range of over 1,300 content codes that enable tailored searching across multilingual sources. Factiva's business information includes Dow Jones and Reuters news wires and The Wall Street Journal, plus more than 7,000 other sources from around the world.

Dueling E-Book Announcements at Seybold

Archrivals in the war for e-book standards and domination, Microsoft and Adobe Systems, both made major announcements at the recent Seybold San Francisco 2000 Publishing event. Microsoft announced that has chosen the Microsoft Reader as its preferred e-book format for its upcoming e-bookstore, which hopes to launch by the end of the year. Microsoft will create a customized version of Microsoft Reader, giving consumers the ability to purchase and download e-book titles directly from and read them in Microsoft Reader format. The format complies with the emerging Open eBook standard. Microsoft already has an arrangement with the e-book store to provide e-books in Microsoft Reader format.

Adobe, promoting its own e-book standard, announced plans to greatly expand the availability of e-books in the Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) at the eBookStore, which has a head start over Amazon in e-book sales. Adobe also rolled out a flock of other announcements, including the introduction of some new products, new alliances, and the purchase of Glassbook, Inc., a developer of e-book software that's based on the PDF format. The Glassbook Reader technology will be integrated into future versions of the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Through the Glassbook Content Server, Adobe will enable publishers to distribute their work electronically in the secure Adobe PDF format and facilitate business and e-commerce transactions.

Sources: Microsoft Corp. and Adobe Systems, Inc.

Northern Light Selected by

Northern Light Technology ( has announced an alliance with, a provider of comparison shopping resources. The alliance will bring Northern Light's search capabilities to's Precision Buying Service (, a full-featured buyer's portal, and to its Usenet Discussion Service ( Northern Light is the first Web search engine to be deployed on Northern Light can be accessed from a prominent search box on the home page of's Usenet Discussion Service and "SEARCH AGAIN" links within all search results pages. The Discussion Service provides access to approximately 35,000 Usenet discussion forums. Source: Northern Light Technology

Source: Northern Light Technology

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