Press >, a Media Metrix Top-500 Website, Debuts Year-2001 Update to the Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition
The Best One-Volume Encyclopedia Remains Most Up-to-Date And User-Friendly Free Reference Service on the Web
March 8, 2001—New York— (—the preeminent Internet publisher of free reference, literature and nonfiction—relaunched on the Web the Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition with a year-2001 update and improved search and navigation features. Originally available on in March 2000, the Sixth Edition on the web is used by millions of students, researchers and the intellectually curious each month. These patrons will now enjoy an even more up-to-date and user-friendly reference resource on the web.   1
  “The Columbia Encyclopedia is one of the jewels in the crown of Columbia University Press,” said William B. Strachan, President & Director of Columbia University Press. “We’re pleased that has enhanced its electronic presentation and that they are making the Encyclopedia available to many more users.”   2
  In addition to the unique presentation and search features, a variety of new services make their debut with the Sixth Edition update:
  • Faster full-text searching with context sensitivity and a new entry word search allow both the novice and experienced web user to jump quickly to the paragraph or entry most relevant to his or her inquiry.
  • Improved browsing features include links from the 51,000 articles directly to their place in the alphabetical entry index and an index to over 17,000 biographical entries classified in 140 categories such as fields of science or national literatures, which also features daily biographies.
  • In addition to the 80,000 cross-references within the Sixth Edition, the one-of-a-kind database allows users to click directly from Encyclopedia articles to such related multimedia resources as color maps and flags of all nations, presidential speeches and full-text collections like Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations and the 20-volume Harvard Classics Shelf of Fiction.
  “As the recognized leader in Internet publishing,, in presenting the 2001 update of the Columbia Encyclopedia, furthers our mission to combine the best in-depth reference works with the most choices for our patrons,” said John Kibler, President and CEO, “For example, after reading the Sixth Edition’s biography of Shakespeare, click over to his Complete Works or seminal critical and historical works on Shakespeare.”   4
About, Inc.
Launched in 1993,’s growing free library of full-text reference, literary and nonfiction works welcomes millions of users every month, making it among the 500 most-trafficked websites according to Media Metrix and Nielsen/NetRatings. provides the most up-to-date editions of the Columbia Encyclopedia and American Heritage Dictionary; the best contemporary and classic thesauri and usage guides; the first names in the reference categories quotations, anatomy, language, etiquette, cookery, mythology, literary history and parliamentary procedure; as well as the King James Bible, Complete Works of Shakespeare, and over 6,000 poems. On March 5th, began releasing one full volume of the Harvard Classics 50-volume collection every weekday. This will join the existing 20-volume Harvard Classics Shelf of Fiction to become the largest anthology on the Web.   5
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