Franklin Adds Three Leading Medical Reference Works For the Handspring(TM) Visor(TM)

Apr 03, 2001, 01:00 ET from Franklin Electronic Publishers, Inc.

    BURLINGTON, N.J., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Franklin Electronic Publishers,
 Inc. (NYSE:   FEP) today announced the availability of three additional medical
 reference Springboard(TM) modules for Handspring(TM) Visor(TM) handheld
 computers.  The titles join the 2001 Physicians' Desk Reference, published by
 Thomson Healthcare, already available as a Springboard module.
     The Medical Letter's Handbook of Adverse Drug Interactions, McGraw-Hill's
 Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine Companion Handbook, and The
 Washington Manual of Medical Therapeutics published by Lippincott Williams &
 Wilkins, all are currently available for sale through the Handspring module
 and accessory store within the PalmGear Web site, www.palmgear.com/hs and
 through Franklin's website at www.franklin.com.
     Toni M. Tracy, President of Franklin's Medical Division, said, "We are
 delighted to be able to offer these valuable medical references as Springboard
 modules for Handspring's Visor line, so that physicians and other healthcare
 professionals can have instant access to authoritative clinical information at
 the point-of-care where it really matters."
     "We are extremely pleased to be working with Franklin, a widely recognized
 publisher of medical content," said Lee Epting, director of developer
 relations for Handspring.  "More and more medical professionals are looking to
 the Handspring Visor and our unique Springboard architecture to easily
 reference high-quality medical titles from well-known publishers that can be
 installed in seconds and don't take up memory on the handheld."
     The titles are compatible with the Handspring Visor family of handhelds
 including Handspring Visor, Visor Deluxe, Visor Prism, Visor Platinum, and
 Visor Edge(TM) using the Palm OS(R) version 3.0 and higher.  All three titles
 contain the text version of their soft cover editions, and let medical
 professionals customize notes directly in the text for future reference.  All
 three include alpha-searchable bookmarks and spell correction.
 
     Background
     Franklin Electronic Publishers, Inc. (NYSE:   FEP) is the worldwide market
 leader in handheld electronic books, including the popular BOOKMAN(R) series.
 The Company is also the exclusive producer and distributor of ROLODEX(R)
 Electronics brand of personal information management products.  Franklin has
 sold more than 24,000,000 electronic books and currently publishes more than
 200 titles, including dictionaries and bilingual dictionaries; encyclopedias;
 Bibles; entertainment titles; education and tutorial publications; and medical
 reference works.  Franklin products, available in 16 languages, are sold in
 45,000 retail outlets worldwide, through catalogs and online at
 http://www.franklin.com.  The Company has sales and distribution subsidiaries
 in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, the Benelux countries, Canada,
 Australia and Mexico, and production management offices in Tokyo and Hong
 Kong.
 
     ROLODEX(R) is a registered trademark of Berol Corporation, a subsidiary of
 Newell Rubbermaid Inc.
 
     Handspring, Springboard and Visor are trademarks of Handspring, Inc. and
 may be registered in certain jurisdictions.
 
     Palm is a registered trademark of Palm Computing, Inc., 3Com Corporation
 and/or their respective subsidiaries; Palm OS is a registered trademark of
 Palm Computing, Inc.
 
     Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters
 discussed throughout this release, including, but not limited to, those that
 are stated as Franklin's belief or expectation or preceded by the word
 "should" are forward-looking statements that involve risks to and
 uncertainties in Franklin's business, including, among other things, the
 timely availability and acceptance of new electronic books and organizers,
 changes in technology, the impact of competitive electronic products, the
 management of inventories, Franklin's dependence on third party component
 suppliers and manufacturers, including those that provide Franklin-specific
 parts, and other risks and uncertainties that may be detailed from time to
 time in Franklin's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
 
 

SOURCE Franklin Electronic Publishers, Inc.
    BURLINGTON, N.J., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Franklin Electronic Publishers,
 Inc. (NYSE:   FEP) today announced the availability of three additional medical
 reference Springboard(TM) modules for Handspring(TM) Visor(TM) handheld
 computers.  The titles join the 2001 Physicians' Desk Reference, published by
 Thomson Healthcare, already available as a Springboard module.
     The Medical Letter's Handbook of Adverse Drug Interactions, McGraw-Hill's
 Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine Companion Handbook, and The
 Washington Manual of Medical Therapeutics published by Lippincott Williams &
 Wilkins, all are currently available for sale through the Handspring module
 and accessory store within the PalmGear Web site, www.palmgear.com/hs and
 through Franklin's website at www.franklin.com.
     Toni M. Tracy, President of Franklin's Medical Division, said, "We are
 delighted to be able to offer these valuable medical references as Springboard
 modules for Handspring's Visor line, so that physicians and other healthcare
 professionals can have instant access to authoritative clinical information at
 the point-of-care where it really matters."
     "We are extremely pleased to be working with Franklin, a widely recognized
 publisher of medical content," said Lee Epting, director of developer
 relations for Handspring.  "More and more medical professionals are looking to
 the Handspring Visor and our unique Springboard architecture to easily
 reference high-quality medical titles from well-known publishers that can be
 installed in seconds and don't take up memory on the handheld."
     The titles are compatible with the Handspring Visor family of handhelds
 including Handspring Visor, Visor Deluxe, Visor Prism, Visor Platinum, and
 Visor Edge(TM) using the Palm OS(R) version 3.0 and higher.  All three titles
 contain the text version of their soft cover editions, and let medical
 professionals customize notes directly in the text for future reference.  All
 three include alpha-searchable bookmarks and spell correction.
 
     Background
     Franklin Electronic Publishers, Inc. (NYSE:   FEP) is the worldwide market
 leader in handheld electronic books, including the popular BOOKMAN(R) series.
 The Company is also the exclusive producer and distributor of ROLODEX(R)
 Electronics brand of personal information management products.  Franklin has
 sold more than 24,000,000 electronic books and currently publishes more than
 200 titles, including dictionaries and bilingual dictionaries; encyclopedias;
 Bibles; entertainment titles; education and tutorial publications; and medical
 reference works.  Franklin products, available in 16 languages, are sold in
 45,000 retail outlets worldwide, through catalogs and online at
 http://www.franklin.com.  The Company has sales and distribution subsidiaries
 in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, the Benelux countries, Canada,
 Australia and Mexico, and production management offices in Tokyo and Hong
 Kong.
 
     ROLODEX(R) is a registered trademark of Berol Corporation, a subsidiary of
 Newell Rubbermaid Inc.
 
     Handspring, Springboard and Visor are trademarks of Handspring, Inc. and
 may be registered in certain jurisdictions.
 
     Palm is a registered trademark of Palm Computing, Inc., 3Com Corporation
 and/or their respective subsidiaries; Palm OS is a registered trademark of
 Palm Computing, Inc.
 
     Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters
 discussed throughout this release, including, but not limited to, those that
 are stated as Franklin's belief or expectation or preceded by the word
 "should" are forward-looking statements that involve risks to and
 uncertainties in Franklin's business, including, among other things, the
 timely availability and acceptance of new electronic books and organizers,
 changes in technology, the impact of competitive electronic products, the
 management of inventories, Franklin's dependence on third party component
 suppliers and manufacturers, including those that provide Franklin-specific
 parts, and other risks and uncertainties that may be detailed from time to
 time in Franklin's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
 
 SOURCE  Franklin Electronic Publishers, Inc.