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PERSONAL LIBRARY SOFTWARE AND AMERICA ONLINE SIGN JOINT DEVELOPMENT AND MARKETING AGREEMENT

 ROCKVILLE, Md., Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Personal Library Software (PLS) and America Online, Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: AMER), today announced an agreement to remarket PLS' text-retrieval software as part of America Online's technology licensing program. PLS provides the core search technology for America Online's popular consumer online services.
 The PLS search engine is best known for its relevance ranking, natural language queries and concept searching capabilities, as well as its ability to effectively manage large databases with a heavy transaction load.
 In a related event, Apple this week unveiled eWorld(TM), a new Apple online service based on the America Online technology, which features the core search technology of PLS.
 "Apple," which also uses the PLS engine as the core of its AppleSearch(TM) work group product, "was one of the first major companies to appreciate PLS' value -- namely, linking power with ease of use," Matt Koll, PLS' president and CEO, said. "Apple and America Online are two of the world's most visionary organizations. Over the next few years we hope to work closely with both firms in our effort to deliver relevant information to anyone, any time, anywhere."
 "PLS enables us to offer America Online members easy access to the most relevant information, fitting in perfectly with the graphical, intuitive look and feel of our services," said Steve Case, president and CEO of America Online. "Through this new marketing agreement, companies that license our technology will enjoy the same powerful, core search technology."
 Personal Library Software is the leading supplier of text retrieval and document management software combining intelligent retrieval techniques with the flexibility of graphical user interfaces. The PLS family of products are used today in online services, CD-ROM and multi- media publishing, as well as in work group and enterprise applications. Personal Library Software has emerged this past year as the leader in information retrieval, growing from "one of the best kept secrets in full-text database management," as described by one journalist, into the emerging "de factor standard in natural language/relevance retrieval," as written in the October 1993 issue of Searcher magazine.
 America Online, Inc., is the nation's fastest growing provider of online services to consumers in the United States. The company offers its more than 500,000 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 dozens of companies including Time-Warner, The New York Times, CNN, Knight-Ridder, Tribune Company, IBM and Apple.
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 /CONTACT: Adrienne Griffith of Personal Library Software, 301-990-1155/
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