A Library In Every Dorm Room
by M.J. Rose
12:30 p.m. 22.Feb.2000 PST
No more trudging to the library on cold snowy nights: College students can now access a virtual online library from their PCs.
Mybytes.com, a joint offering from YouthStream Media Networks and Versaware Inc., is now live and will be available to millions of college students at over 2,000 universities.
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The online reference center includes the 29-volume unabridged Funk and Wagnalls Encyclopedia, The Random House Webster's College Dictionary, an interactive World Atlas, and over 10,000 multimedia elements such as photos, maps, animations, music, sound effects, and more.
Other features in the reference center will soon include Term Paper Tools, to help students write term papers and a monthly news section called Hot Topics. Versaware and YouthStream will soon launch a co-branded eBookstore through mybytes.com.
"Now students can have 24/7 access to research materials," said Tina Ravitz, COO of Versaware. "And because there are no downloads or CDs involved, all the research information on mybytes.com is available from any computer without any special software."
Versaware also recently launched eBookcity.com, which offers thousands of free e-books. The site features a search engine complete with print-on-demand features, allowing readers to build, maintain, and organize their own personal multimedia-enhanced digital online library.
And as library funding gets cut, online libraries just get richer: Versaware recently raised $25 million in financing and is headed toward the IPO finish line.
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