Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Bookshelf '95

Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Bookshelf '95

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Microsoft Corporation, 800/228-6270 (USA), 800/563-9048 (Canada), Windows, Macintosh, $69.95 ($30 rebate for current users)

The slender sibling of Microsoft's Encarta, older by years, but with less of almost everything, except presence. Bookshelf is supposedly the most widely owned consumer CD-ROM title on the market, and the 1945 edition carries on the tradition. An ingenious mini-toolbar allows the user in almost any other Windows program to access any or all eight of the books stacked in Bookshelf. Wherever you are, a business letter or even a game, that niggling bit of information you want is nearby as long as Bookshelf is in your CD-ROM drive. Bookshelf contains The Concise Columbia -- Encyclopedia, American Heritage Dictionary, Original Roget's Thesaurus, Columbia Dictionary of Quotations, Hammond Intermediate World Atlas, People's Chronology, The World Almanac and Book of Facts '95 and, returning for the first time since the late 1980s, the U.S. National 5-Digit Zip Code and Post Office Directory. A melange perhaps, but that is the secret of Bookshelf. While its information is disparate, it is the kind of conglomeration of basic reference books almost anyone keeps close to their desk for a quick look-up. …

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