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13.05.2003 – 14:28

ebrary Inc.

Freely Viewable Books and Maps on the Middle East Now Available Online Through ebrary® - ebrary Aims to Help Facilitate Learning and Information Sharing Worldwide

    Palo Alto, CA (ots)

ebrary (, a leading provider of information distribution and retrieval services, today announced that it is offering online access to a freely viewable collection of approximately 100 full- text books and maps on the Middle East and related issues. Available today at, the collection represents an invaluable resource for understanding Middle Eastern culture, politics, and history, as well as the great challenges facing nation- builders in the wake of the Iraq War. From any web-enabled computer, individuals can find authoritative resources on topics such as the technology behind modern warfare, the influence of electronic journalism on foreign policy, the history and rise of radical Islam, and the prospects for peace in Israel.

    ebrary's Middle East collection features ebrary InfoTools™, the company's sophisticated research technology that provides word-level interaction. Simply by selecting words, researchers may instantly link to additional information on the Middle East within the ebrary collection, or access resources on the web such as definitions, encyclopedic abstracts, biographical information, translations and more.

    "The skyrocketing number of people who rely on the Internet to learn and conduct research do not realize that the majority of authoritative information from books is currently not available online," said Christopher Warnock, CEO of ebrary. "ebrary is very proud to offer a remarkable online selection of full-text books and maps to anyone interested in learning more about Middle Eastern history, politics, geography and other relevant topics."

    Viewing and browsing through ebrary's Middle Eastern collection is free. To compensate its publishing partners, ebrary charges a small fee for printing and copying text. Researchers that access ebrary's books on the Middle East through subscribing libraries are not required to pay.

    In a separate press release issued today, ebrary announced the availability of ebrary Discover, a new fee-based website for independent researchers that offers anytime, anywhere access to over 20,000 authoritative titles including books in full-text, sheet music, reports and other authoritative documents from more than 150 leading publishers such as Cambridge University Press, Random House, Inc., and The McGraw-Hill Companies. The press release is available at Discover ebrary at

    About ebrary

    ebrary is a leading provider of information distribution and retrieval services. The company has developed a powerful system that cost effectively and efficiently creates highly interactive, online databases of content, and offers numerous applications to multiple markets.

    ebrary licenses its unique database technology to organizations that need to securely distribute their own content over the Internet to reduce costs, increase revenues and improve efficiency. Additionally, using its own technology, ebrary create databases of content from leading publishers, which it licenses to libraries and other institutions worldwide. ebrary currently offers over 30,000 full text books, sheet music titles, maps, reports and other authoritative documents from more than 150 leading academic, trade and professional publishers. The company also operates a consumer- facing site -- ebrary Discover -- designed for individuals that do not have access to its database collections through their library.

    Founded in 1999, ebrary is privately held and is funded by Random House Ventures LLC, Pearson plc and The McGraw-Hill Companies. ebrary is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA with offices in New York.

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