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AMERICA ONLINE, VENTANA PRESS RELEASE COMPANION SOFTWARE LIBRARY AND BOOK; COMPUTER USERS HAVE NEW INCENTIVE TO TRY DOWNLOADING

AMERICA ONLINE, VENTANA PRESS RELEASE COMPANION SOFTWARE LIBRARY
 AND BOOK; COMPUTER USERS HAVE NEW INCENTIVE TO TRY DOWNLOADING
 VIENNA, Va., July 15 /PRNewswire/ -- America Online today announced the availability of the "Shareware 500" library, a new software offering on its popular consumer online service. This online library is a companion to the newly-released book of the same name from Ventana Press.
 The library features all 500 of the most popular and useful Macintosh shareware software products profiled in the book, "Mac Shareware 500," as well as online forums and message boards for subscribers to exchange comments. All the programs are compiled in a single place on America Online, sorted by category for quick and easy access. The programs cover such subjects as business tools, games, graphics, system enhancements, fonts, communications and more. This online library will contain the most up-to-date versions of the software profiled in the book, taking advantage of the timeliness which electronic publishing can deliver and adding a new dimension to traditional print publishing.
 The $39.95 book (suggested retail price) includes an America Online starter kit and software, including five free hours of online usage time. The book is available at all major bookstores and computer resellers and can also be ordered directly from America Online or Ventana Press.
 "We are enthusiastic about this alliance with Ventana Press," said Stephen M. Case, president, American Online. "Together, we hope to introduce new individuals to the world of shareware products by making it easy to not only read about them but to access them without hassle or risk. That's going to remove the barriers for the novice user as well as provide a roadmap to the best shareware available for the experienced computer user."
 The Mac "Shareware 500" library on America Online will be demonstrated at the Ventana Press booth during the Macworld Expo in Boston next month.
 Ventana Press publishes books and other materials that help professionals become more productive. Recent bestsellers include "The System 7 Book," "Voodoo DOS," "Looking Good in Print," "The Gray Book" and "Newsletters From the Desktop."
 America Online, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMER), is the leading independent provider of online services to consumers in the United States. The company offers subscribers a wide variety of services which can be accessed from a broad range of personal computers using America Online's proprietary, icon-based windowing software. Founded in 1985, the company has established strategic alliances with more than 30 companies including IBM, Microsoft and Tribune Company. The company completed an initial public stock offering in March 1992.
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