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Glassbook Offers E-Books and Free Reader Software at Beta Site

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Glassbook Offers E-Books and Free Reader Software at Beta Site

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Glassbook, Inc. has announced availability of the Glassbook Reader open beta test and e-book bookstore on the Internet. Founder and president Len Kawell, co-inventor of Lotus Notes, said, "The Glass-book Reader represents the first in a series of open standards-based, e-commerce Glassbook products that integrate the entire electronic book distribution and delivery process." Available for Windows-based systems, the firm is providing free access to both the Glassbook Reader and the Glassbook Plus Reader at http://www.glassbook.com.

Interested users can follow the instructions to download the Glassbook Readers and e-books from the Glassbook Bookstore. The bookstore contains public domain e-books that can be downloaded at no charge. A number of e-books from publishers such as Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Harvard Business School Press, Houghton Mifflin Co., Macmillan USA, Random House, and Simon & Schuster, Inc. are also available for purchase. In addition, the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, third edition, published by Houghton Mifflin Co., will be included in the beta version of the Glassbook Plus Reader. Double-click on a word and the definition appears.

Kawell said: "Using the open EBX system, we have encryption technology that provides security, distribution flexibility, and copyright protection from publisher to distributor to bookseller to consumer. …

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