McHenry, IL -- December 5, 1997 -- Follett Corporation and Infonautics, Inc. (NASDAQ: INFO) have announced a joint agreement for distribution of Infonautics' ELECTRIC LIBRARY service to Follett's K-12 school customers. Follett, a leading provider of education-based information, services and products, will market and distribute the ELECTRIC LIBRARY service, already the fastest growing K-12 on-line reference service on the market.
ELECTRIC LIBRARY is a comprehensive and easy-to-use on-line reference tool for researchers of all ages. It provides school and library computers connected to the Internet with the power to search an extensive, full-text collection of current and archival information resources.
Using a database drawn from hundreds of popular magazines, specialized journals, newspapers and reference works, plus thousands of TV and radio transcripts, photographs and maps, students can find information on virtually any topic. And the service is easy to navigate for all ages.
"We're teaming up with a dominant force in the market," said Van Morris, President and COO of Infonautics, Inc. "ELECTRIC LIBRARY is the right product at the right time for K-12 research needs. With Follett's leadership position, vast experience in the education market and the quality of ELECTRIC LIBRARY's resources, the partnership is a great fit."
"ELECTRIC LIBRARY is a powerful and important addition to our broad array of education services," said Ken Hull, President of Follett Corporation. "We've made a commitment to deliver only the best products and services to our customers, some of whom have been with us for decades. This partnership means we can give schools and libraries the best, most functional on-line reference service available."
Follett will distribute ELECTRIC LIBRARY through two of its seven divisions: Follett Software Company (www.fsc.follett.com) and Follett Library Resources (www.flr.follett.com). Follett Software Company is the leading developer of library automation software, curriculum resources and on-line services to the K- 12 market. Follett Library Resources is the leading distributor of information resources to the K-12 market, including books, audiovisual, CD-ROM and on-line services.
Follett customers can receive an unlimited-use 30-day FREE trial subscription of ELECTRIC LIBRARY by contacting Follett Software at (800) 323-3397 or Follett Library Resources at (888) 511-5114, extension 377.
Infonautics, Inc., (NASDAQ: INFO) is a leading provider of premium on-line information services and custom archive technologies. The Company's award-winning reference service, ELECTRIC LIBRARY, is licensed into more than 4,500 schools and libraries and is one of the leading consumer subscription services on the World Wide Web, with more than 36,000 individual customers. It is available through the Internet and consumer on-line services, and is marketed to consumers, educational institutions and libraries.
Follett Corporation is the leader in the educational materials industry. Its divisions include the number one distributors of K- 12 course and library materials, the leading producers of school library automation software and academic coursepacks, the largest distributor of school library books, and the number one operator of college bookstores in the nation. Follett provides products and services to all levels of education, from kindergarten through college and beyond.