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Berkshire’s new e-bookshop

I’ve always loved the sound of bookshop. It makes me think of Charing Cross Road, and the wonderful funky little shop called Books for A Change that was so important in the early success of my first book, Home Ecology. How nice that the press release for Berkshire Publishing new e-bookshop is headlined “London–17 March 2008.” It’s a release from our partners and friends at Exact Editions, who have set up a system that is quite wonderful. You’ll find all the search functionality of the free version we’ve been running and a view of the pages that gives a good sense of what’s there (readable headings, clear photos, and just about readable text). For a very reasonable price, after having a good browse to make sure that the Encyclopedia of Extreme Sports covers all the topics you’re interested in, you can get a year’s license to the whole work in the full version, all the pages available in PDF. The idea of this is to put our reference works in the hands of a much larger group of people: journalists, marketing professionals, news presenters, and law professionals, for example, with this particular title. “Knowledge where you need it” is a tagline I included in a list years ago and have never used, but today it popped to mind as I looked at the new platform. Tim Bruce at Exact Editions has even taken our TOC and built in links to the pages on which articles start, so there are plenty of different ways to navigate. It’s fun, too, so take a spin!

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