When combined with the web sites existing reference works, including Bartletts Familiar Quotations, Strunks Elements of Style, Fowlers the Kings English, Second Edition, Emily Posts Etiquette, the Cambridge History of English and American Literature and Fannie Farmers Cook Book, todays announcement establishes Bartleby.com as the most comprehensive public web reference site. Bartleby.com published 200,000 full-text searchable pages of reference, verse and classic literatureall accessible 24 hours per day, at no charge.
Bartleby.com also unveiled a complete web site redesign. With a new user interface, Bartleby.com provides fast and accurate access to a vast array of information, including material not available anywhere elsein print or on the web. Visitors to Bartleby.com can access informative summaries of each book, as well as concise biographies, complete with pictures, of each author featured in the online library. Enhanced navigational tools and extensive cross-referencing between works make it easy for users to locate specific passages and references. Also new is the Bartleby Weekly feature, providing a weekly update of new content additions, and the Bartleby Bookstore, linking e-commerce to the site by providing a convenient market for users to purchase books and related materials.
Bartleby.com makes publishing history today, said Steven van Leeuwen, publisher and founder of Bartleby.com. As the only publisher combining the best of both contemporary and classic reference works, we have created the most comprehensive public reference library ever published on the weba collection that will grow massively in the coming months.
Bartleby.com has designed an impressive web site that allows users to easily access, search and categorize an extensive collection of classic literature, reference and nonfiction material. Every knowledge-seeking person should visit this site, said John McCormick of SECTORBASE.com, a market research firm that caters primarily to institutional investors.
With its previous edition described by Scientific American as without peer in the English language, and heralded by the New York Times Book Review as the standard of excellence as a guide to essential facts, the Columbia Encyclopedia has always been the bar by which other reference works are judged. Now, with Bartleby.coms publication of the new Sixth Edition, it is also the most up-to-date encyclopedia available anywhere. With over 50,000 article entries, 40,000 bibliographic citations, and over 80,000 cross-reference entries, it is also one of the most comprehensive encyclopedias available. All of these articles are fully searchable, allowing students and readers of all kinds to locate specific information in seconds.
Bartleby.com is an outstanding partner for bringing the Columbia Encyclopedia to the Internet, said Clare Wellnitz, Director of Subsidiary Rights for Columbia University Press. With 24-hour, free online access to the complete, unabridged encyclopedia, Bartleby.com delivers an invaluable service for any student, researcher or family looking for fast and easy access to essential and interesting facts.
Bartleby.com also released The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Third Edition, filled with over 350,000 entries and meaningsmore than 16,000 of them new. Word definitions are further enhanced by over 34,000 examples of use, more than 500 usage notes and a newly revised Appendix of Indo-European roots. Called by Amazon.com the chosen reference of editors, The American Heritage® Dictionary is more than a mere tool of the tradeits a luxurious linguistic experience. The Usage Panel, a group of over 170 editors, writers and public speakers, contributed its opinions on usage to The American Heritage® Dictionary.
Complementing the Columbia Encyclopedia and American Heritage® Dictionary are Rogets II: The New Thesaurus, providing over 35,000 synonyms; Simpsons Quotations, highlighting the great quotes from 1950 to 1988 and providing about 10,000 quotes from nearly 4000 sources; and The American Heritage® Book of English Usage, the preeminent guide to the proper use of grammar, style, diction and word formation, and even e-mail etiquette.
David Jost, Vice President and Director of Electronic Reference Publishing of the Trade and Reference Division of Houghton Mifflin Company, says Houghton Mifflin is proud to partner with Bartleby.com to bring these essential reference works online as part of Bartleby.coms comprehensive reference collection.
Headquartered in New York City, Bartleby.com began publishing on the web in 1994. Now a leading innovator in the field of electronic publishing, Bartleby.com has been widely cited as one of the best reference sites on the web, having published among other works, Bartletts Familiar Quotations, Strunks Elements of Style and six classic poetry anthologies, including the Oxford Book of English Verse. Posts Etiquette, which the company added to its site in December 1999, enables readers to jump from over 1,500 alphabetic subject entries to the most relevant of the 2,600 paragraphs in the book. Most recently, Bartleby.com published the Cambridge History of English and American Literature: An Encyclopedia in Eighteen Volumes, considered a landmark of English and American letters.
Named after the humble character of Melvilles classic Bartleby, the Scrivener, Bartleby.com provides millions of students, educators and the intellectually curious with unparalleled access to classics and reference books online. Bartleby.com began as a personal research experiment in 1993 and within one year published its first classic book on the web, Whitmans Leaves of Grass. Since then, Bartleby.coms ever-expanding list of renowned classics makes it the preeminent electronic publishing enterprise on the web.