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IBM and ibooks.com Launch Resource Site for Developers; ibooks.com Powers IBM developerWorks Digital Bookstore.

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AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 14, 2000

ibooks.com (www.ibooks.com), a leading e-publishing company for online reference books, and IBM (NYSE:IBM) today announced that ibooks.com's technology will power IBM's developerWorks digital bookstore service.

The agreement gives users free access to select developerWorks articles in digital format and one of the largest online collections of Open Source documentation. Further, users are able to preview, buy online and store digital books on a personal digital bookshelf.

With ibooks.com's technology, the IBM digital bookstore offers users 24-hour access to technical resources and the ability to view books faster by eliminating long download times.

This new functionality from ibooks.com allows users to conduct full-text searches of more than 1,000 top IT reference books and the ability to store their selected books on personalized, private bookshelves. Previews of each page within the books on the site are available through ibooks.com's previewing technology.

"developerWorks' relationship with ibooks.com provides us with an unparalleled feature -- allowing us to more effectively serve the needs of the developer community," said Chris Bahr, program director for developerWorks and alphaWorks. "With our joint Digital Bookstore Service they can easily and quickly search, organize and utilize high-value reference materials that will keep them ahead of the learning curve."

Digital Bookstore users can search thousands of titles from premier publishers, including Coriolis, John Wiley, O'Reilly, Sam's, Sybex and Que. The bookstore, which was previewed on Aug. 2 and will go live today (www.ibm.com/developerWorks), also offers free documentation such as the Linux Documentation Project (LDP), the Apache Software Foundation, GNU/Linux operating system user guides and HOWTOs.

"We look forward to growing our relationship with IBM and adding greater value for their end users who need to immediately pinpoint and access the best reference materials that provide the answers they seek," said Guy Hoffman, interim CEO of ibooks.com.

A site promotion offers the first book for free to developerWorks users who subscribe to the Digital Bookstore Service.

About ibooks.com Inc.

Founded in April 1999, ibooks.com Inc. is a leading e-publishing company for online reference books and offers the first integrated service for immediately previewing, purchasing and using digital reference books from industry-leading publishers and technology companies. The service is the first to allow users to preview digital books prior to purchase, buy online digital reference books one-at-a-time and store digital books on a personal digital bookshelf. The company is privately held with $34 million in funding from Austin Ventures, Dell Computer Corporation and TL Ventures among other venture capital firms and private investors. ibooks.com is headquartered in Austin, Texas, and employs more than 100 people. For more information, call 512/478-2700 or visit the company's Web site at www.ibooks.com.
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