CHICAGO, May 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc., today
announced that two of its Web sites are winners of the 2008 Codie Awards
from the Software and Information Industry Association
Britannica Online School Edition (http://school.eb.com) was named Best
Education Reference or Search Service, and the Britannica Blog
(http://www.britannica.com/blogs) took Best Corporate Blog honors at the
association's May 20 gala in San Francisco. A complete list of Codie Award
winners is available at http://www.siia.net/codies/2008/winners.asp.
The Codie Awards are among the most coveted prizes in the software and
digital-content industries, and Britannica's latest victories cap a long
series of Codies the company's digital products have won since the 1990s.
"Naturally, we're thrilled," said Michael Ross, a senior vice president
with Britannica and general manager of the company's education division.
"The Codies have enormous prestige. They're highly competitive awards
because industry leaders pick winners from hundreds of products. This year
more than 1,100 excellent ones competed for the top spots."
A comprehensive reference and learning resource for grades K-12,
Britannica Online School Edition is designed for all ages, with content
clustered in distinct sections for the primary, middle and upper grades. It
provides students and teachers with an extensive combination of reference
information and interactive learning tools. It features Encyclopaedia
Britannica's award-winning encyclopedias serving students of all ages;
extensive multimedia; current periodicals; Britannica's proprietary,
editor-checked Internet guide; and a growing number of primary sources. A
recent addition is the Britannica Learning Zone, a skills-based environment
for children from preschool to Grade 2.
School Edition is meant to be as relevant in the classroom as it is in
the library or media lab. Its contents are thoroughly aligned to all state
standards and include hundreds of lesson plans and other learning
The Britannica Blog is a place where writers and readers hold lively
discussions on almost every topic from art to zoology. More than a hundred
bloggers have contributed to the daily postings, including radio quiz show
host Michael Feldman; Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Joseph Ellis; Nobel
Prize winner Jody Williams; Holocaust scholar Michael Berenbaum; Internet
experts Nicholas Carr and Clay Shirky; and sports commentator Frank Deford.
The blog holds forums on special topics, such as the religion of the
American Founders, Web 2.0, the cult of celebrity, the future of
newspapers, and Iran.
About Encyclopaedia Britannica
Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc., is a leader in reference and education
publishing whose products can be found in many media, from the Internet to
cell phones to books. A pioneer in electronic publishing since the early
1980s, the company also still publishes the 32-volume Encyclopaedia
Britannica, along with Web sites such as Britannica Online School Edition
and new printed products, such as the Britannica Illustrated Science
Library, which are available at http://www.eb.com. The company makes its
headquarters in Chicago.
SOURCE Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc.