DK Publishing and Google(TM) Join Forces to Enhance Children's Homework

    NEW YORK, Aug. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Almost all public schools in the United
 States report having Internet access and more than half of school-age children
 use the Internet for homework.  The Internet is being relied upon as an
 important source of information now more than ever.  DK Publishing, a leading
 family reference publisher and Google(TM), the world's largest search engine,
 announce a joint project that will enhance the way children do their homework.
     This product, e.encyclopedia, will combine quality reference book
 publishing with the most authoritative and useful web pages on the Internet.
    DK CEO Andrew Welham says of the project, "Every DK book strives to solve a
 problem in a unique and accessible way.  e.encyclopedia, which literally takes
 readers on a journey beyond the page and into cyberspace, is a reference work
 that links a conventional hardcover book format with a continuously updated
 web research resource."
     A modern, general encyclopedia, e.encyclopedia will include nine main
 subject areas of perennial relevance to what children are learning: Space,
 Earth, Nature, Human Body, Science & Technology, People and Places, Society
 and Beliefs, Arts & Entertainment, and History.  With more than 700 entries,
 this book will feature more than 2,000 full-color, dynamic images, charts,
 timelines, annotated maps and more that will aid the learning process while
 capturing the reader's attention. But the book is only half the story ...
     The e.encyclopedia will also feature a free website enhanced by Google.
 Keywords on each entry in the book will direct readers to the e.encyclopedia
 website, where they will be connected to information from a pre-selected range
 of more than 1,000 useful sites, clip art, and videos.
     The e.encyclopedia website will link users to age-appropriate,
 authoritative sites, (which will be checked and regularly updated by DK
 Publishing), enabling parents, teachers, and children to access the best that
 the Internet has to offer, without the worry of encountering inappropriate
 material.  Great for use in the classroom or home, e.encyclopedia is an
 innovative new tool that will change the way children ages 8 and up do their
 homework.  The e.encyclopedia will be available wherever books are sold for
 $39.99, October 2003.

SOURCE DK Publishing

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