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 COLUMBUS, Ohio, Dec. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- SYBEX, the world's largest independent publisher of computer books, and CompuServe, the leading worldwide consumer online information service, are working together to create an online interactive forum for SYBEX readers on the CompuServe Information Service. Through the new forum, 1.5 million CompuServe members can ask questions about new books, "talk" to authors and editors, and give SYBEX feedback on topics of interest for future books. The forum will be online in January.
 CompuServe forums add a new dimension to the relationship between publishers and readers, according to CompuServe product manager Steve Zinn. "The interactive nature of online communication makes it possible for publishers such as SYBEX to have true two-way discussions with their reading public," Zinn explained. "It also adds something new to SYBEX books, by allowing readers to take discussions with authors beyond the printed page."
 SYBEX, an international publishing company with affiliates in France, Germany and the Netherlands, publishes more than 150 books per year for computer users of every skill level. SYBEX books cover a wide variety of personal computing subjects -- word processing, desktop publishing, spreadsheets, databases, Macintosh, multimedia, and more. SYBEX joins Prentice Hall Computer Publishing and Time Warner Trade Publishing, which already have a presence on CompuServe.
 "In addition to being able to ask questions of authors and editors, we'll provide libraries of downloadable source code and utilities that appear in SYBEX books," said Roger Gershon, SYBEX vice president of marketing. "This will be a significant benefit to readers who would otherwise have to re-key."
 SYBEX's goal is to get closer to its readers, Gershon said, and the CompuServe forum is one more way to achieve that goal. "CompuServe is the premier online information service, and we believe that its members are a significant portion of our readership," he said. "CompuServe members around the world read SYBEX books, so it's an excellent match."
 CompuServe members pay $8.95 per month for unlimited connect time access to 50 basic services. In addition, nearly 2,000 extended services are available for $8/hour when accessing CompuServe with a 1200 or 2400 bits per second modem and $16/hour at 9.6 or 14.4 kilobits per second. For additional information, call 800-848-8199.
 Established in 1979, the CompuServe Information Service provides its worldwide membership of more than 1.5 million with databases and services to meet both business and personal interests. CompuServe can be accessed by any modem equipped personal computer utilizing general communications software. In addition to the CompuServe Information Service, CompuServe Incorporated provides frame relay, wide and local area networking services, business information services and software to major corporations and government agencies worldwide.
 CompuServe is an H&R Block (NYSE: HRB) company.
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 /CONTACT: Michelle Moran or Debra Young of CompuServe Incorporated, 614-538-3497 or 614-538-4553, or CompuServe Mail 70000,1201/

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