Britannica Revamps Compton's Inside and Out

Retitled Encyclopedia Boasts Thorough Revision, "Spinescape" Design

Jan 14, 2005, 00:00 ET from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc.

    CHICAGO, Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Everything from cats and dogs to
 politicians and dinosaurs has been updated in the 2005 Compton's by
 Britannica, a substantially revised edition of Compton's Encyclopedia.
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     The popular reference work for students 10 to 17 has been retitled this
 year to reflect Encyclopaedia Britannica's stewardship of the 26-volume set.
 Compton's has been published under Britannica's direction for most of the past
 four decades, and the company's editors have overseen revisions of 46 percent
 of its pages in the past two years.
     Those revisions, many contributed by experts and educators, include
 coverage of the 2004 U.S. presidential election, updated articles on George W.
 Bush and Dick Cheney, and new entries on John Kerry and John Edwards.
 Articles on dog, cat and dinosaur have been revised, with new art and photos,
 and coverage of Canada and its provinces has been substantially redone.
     Other revised articles include Ronald Reagan, Iraq, Saddam Hussein,
 terrorism, Saudi Arabia, Spain and Haiti.  Articles on biology and technology
 have been updated to reflect recent developments. Nearly 300 new images have
 been added and more than 50 tables revised.
     The set also boasts a new "spinescape" binding in which the name of the
 encyclopedia is emblazoned across all 26 volumes, making it visible on the
 shelf from a distance.
     "It's new inside and out," said Anthony Green, the Compton's editor.
 "Compton's has always combined authority and beauty in its design, and this
 year's edition is true to that tradition."
     First published in 1922, Compton's is popular with students, who like its
 lavish illustrations and lively style, and with teachers, who appreciate its
 attention to the curriculum. Compton's runs 11,000 pages with 37,000 entries
 and 22,500 images.
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 for more information. Consumers can go to or call
     Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc. has been a leader in reference and
 education publishing since 1768. The company is known for the 32-volume
 Encyclopaedia Britannica and its pioneering work in electronic publishing,
 including the first encyclopedia on the Internet. Its products include
 Britannica Online School Edition and other digital products; and printed
 products such as My First Britannica. Britannica makes its headquarters in

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