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AMERICA ONLINE, INC. ADDS BUSINESS INFORMATION WITH HOOVER'S HANDBOOK DATABASE -- A VALUABLE RESOURCE FOR BUSINESS OR PERSONAL USE

 VIENNA, Va., Aug. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- America Online, Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: AMER) has expanded its business information coverage by offering access to the Hoover's Handbook database of public and private company profiles. Hoover's Handbook database, published by The Reference Press, is a powerful resource for individuals requiring substantive company information at a moment's notice.
 "We're very pleased to enhance our business information with the addition of Hoover's Handbook," said Steve Case, president and CEO, America Online. "These new services will provide valuable resources for subscribers who track companies or industries for business or personal use."
 All of the company profiles found in the award-winning "Hoover's Handbook of American Business" are available in the Hoover database. Hundreds of additional profiles, including those concerning foreign companies, are slated for addition by the end of August. Each profile provides insight into a company's business and strategy, an historical perspective uncommon in most business publications, and key financial, personnel and line-of-business information.
 A fixed monthly fee of just $9.95 provides access to all of America Online's services -- including Hoover's Handbook -- for up to 5 hours each month. Subscribers may access the Hoover's Handbook database through the "News and Finance" section of America Online.
 Based in Austin, Texas, The Reference Press publishes and distributes business information in print and electronic formats. The Reference Press was founded in 1990 to provide affordable information to the business community through the exploitation of new technologies.
 America Online, Inc. is the nation's fastest growing provider of online services to consumers. The company offers subscribers a wide variety of services, including electronic mail, conferencing, news, sports, weather, stock quotes, software, computing support and online classes. Founded in 1985, the company has established strategic alliances with more than 30 companies including IBM, Apple and Tribune Company. The company completed an initial stock offering in March 1992. Personal computer owners can obtain the America Online software at major software retailers and bookstores, or by calling 800-827-6364.
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