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Weekly News Digest

July 9, 2001 — 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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Fathom, OverDrive Partner to Make Learning Available as E-Books

Fathom has partnered with OverDrive (http://www.overdrive.com), a provider of e-book technology services, to allow visitors to the Fathom Web site (http://www.fathom.com) to download thousands of lectures, interviews, articles, and learning materials in Microsoft Reader format. Fathom's member institutions' faculty, researchers, and curators present a wealth of knowledge across every area of interest—from business to global affairs and from the arts to technology. As a result of this partnership, visitors to the Fathom Web site will be able to search or browse on any subject and find online learning material from over a dozen institutions like Columbia University and the London School of Economics and Political Science and download these materials to their computer, laptop, or Pocket PC. (For more information on Fathom, see the April 10, 2000 NewsBreak at http://newsbreaks.infotoday.com/nbreader.asp?ArticleID=17822).

"The technology developed with Fathom is actually quite revolutionary," said Steve Potash, CEO of OverDrive. "With a connection to OverDrive's ReaderWorks servers—and no additional software—we are dynamically converting Fathom's JHTML files into Microsoft Reader eBooks. The extension of this e-book technology, pioneered by Fathom, is available so that any Web site can offer users the benefits of reading off-line using Microsoft Reader."

OverDrive provides Open eBook (OEB), .LIT, XML, Adobe PDF, and print-on-demand (POD) conversion services for the e-publishing industry. Its products for e-book authoring include its free online service at http://www.ebookexpress.com and ReaderWorks for commercial e-book authoring and on-the-fly e-book authoring from Web sites. OverDrive also operates http://www.contentreserve.com, a global wholesale digital book service for secure distribution of e-books and POD files.

Source: Fathom

DigitalOwl Partners with Moreover for Expanded Distribution of Premium Information

DigitalOwl (http://www.digitalowl.com), a distribution technology partner to publishers and distributors of premium information, has announced a partnership with Moreover (http://www.moreover.com), a provider of dynamic information management solutions. Through the terms of the partnership, DigitalOwl's publisher clients can securely deliver their titles and excerpt information to business professionals through a broad range of outlets in the Moreover distribution network. The business professionals will be able to purchase and download the full text of the premium information.

The combination of DigitalOwl and Moreover will broaden Moreover's range of current industry news and premium business information that its enterprise customers require for intelligent, time-critical decisions. While retaining the integrity of the information's copyrights, DigitalOwl's premium information providers, such as publishers and distributors of market research, financial reports, and industry-specific journals, can extend their reach to a wider audience, generating awareness of their information products.

According to the company, DigitalOwl's KineticEdge is a complete and highly flexible information delivery and distribution infrastructure that empowers information providers to securely package, license, deliver, and manage their content through a broad range of distribution channels.

Source: DigitalOwl

Reuters Launches Global Events Database

Reuters (http://www.about.reuters.com) has announced the launch of KALENDS, a future-event information service. KALENDS has created a substantial database of key events from around the world, combining the global news and data-gathering resources of Reuters with additional information from a number of leading independent data suppliers. KALENDS will be developing revenue streams from new markets, in addition to offering an enhanced service for Reuters financial and media clients.

KALENDS will cover six categories of future events (finance, sport, entertainment, society, conferences, and market/public holidays) and provide date, time, and venue, as well as the stories behind the key events from KALENDS' team of journalists.

Initially KALENDS will comprise three products. Desktop will deliver the full KALENDS database to the employees of corporate and financial institutions via a Microsoft Outlook or Lotus Notes application. Select will deliver tailored financial event information directly to corporate Web sites to enable them to provide enhanced services to their customers. Kalends.com, targeted at consumers, delivers a free, comprehensive range of future-event information, covering sports, entertainment, and general interest.

KALENDS has content agreements with a number of niche event information suppliers including FENS (political dates), TSNN (worldwide conferences information), NetEarnings (U.S. company results), Dynamic Listings (U.K. entertainment events), and Whereonearth (providing geo-location information to pinpoint event locations).

Source: Reuters



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