Raleigh, NC -- Jan. 27, 2005. VitalSource Technologies, Inc. is expanding its reference library by adding two reference works from the editors of the Encyclopedia Britannica. VitalSource customers will be able to choose between the Britannica Student Encyclopedia and the Britannica Concise Encyclopedia when they order IBM ThinkPad notebooks and ThinkCentre desktops preloaded with the VitalSource Library beginning in spring 2005.
The solution offered by VitalSource, Britannica and IBM puts information from the world's leading encyclopedia publisher at students' fingertips whenever they need it. In addition, VitalSource provides a feature that enables students to quickly access Concise or Student Encyclopedia articles while working in other documents.
"Encyclopedias traditionally have been a staple in school libraries," said Frank Daniels III, president and CEO of VitalSource. "We are taking 237 years of Britannica expertise and packaging it in yet another way that's useful for students in the 21st century."
In addition to Britannica, VitalSource has gathered important material from authoritative publishers all over the world – including art, music, textbooks and great works of literature – and loaded it onto computers. These resources are available on education models of IBM Thinkpad notebooks and ThinkCentre desktops.
"Today we are serving all knowledge seekers, particularly students, in every way we can," said Patti Ginnis, senior vice president with Encyclopedia Britannica Inc. "This gives us another way to get information to people wherever and whenever they need it.""
"Britannica information on the VitalSource Library turns IBM ThinkPad notebooks and ThinkCentre desktops into even more comprehensive and reputable educational reference tools," said Chuck Leyrer, vice president, IBM Personal Computing Division, Americas. "This offering opens up new doors for students and learning methods, providing innovative ways to access information and enhance the educational experience."
About VitalSource Technologies, Inc.:
VitalSource Technologies, Inc., a privately-owned and operated company, provides secure digital content solutions to the education market. The company delivers proprietary software solutions, commercial content delivery through its growing base of publisher partners, and custom curriculum solutions and consulting services. VitalSource solutions are available for a variety of programs in secondary, post-secondary and graduate education. For more information please visit www.vitalsource.com.