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 NEW YORK, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Time Warner Trade Publishing announced an alliance with CompuServe, the leading worldwide consumer online computer service, to bring interactive entertainment and information to the home computer.
 By year's end, Little, Brown and Warner Books will offer continuing discussion among book lovers, authors, editors, and expert guests. This marks the first time a major trade publisher has gone online with regularly-scheduled interactive audience programming. CompuServe is based in Columbus, Ohio, and hosts a subscriber base of nearly 1.5 million members.
 Time Warner Trade Publishing, based in New York and Boston, is the home not only of the No. 1 national best seller, The Bridges of Madison County, but also of a rich and varied backlist that includes such classics as Little Women, Bartlett's Book of Familiar Quotations, To Kill a Mockingbird and Catcher in the Rye. Authors published by the two houses include Robert Ballard, Larry Bond, Sandra Brown, Carol Higgins Clark, James Crumley, Nelson DeMille, Ellen Gilchrist, Madonna, David Morrell, Alexandra Ripley, Sidney Sheldon, Alvin Toffler, Scott Turow, David Wallechinsky and Amy Wallace, Donald Westlake, others.
 A diverse network of interest areas is planned on CompuServe. Users of the service will be able to:
 -- solve a fictitious murder crafted by the authors and editors of Mysterious Press;
 -- create the setting, characters and stories for a new series of women's fiction;
 -- role-play otherworldly games with the authors and editors of renowned science fiction and fantasy titles;
 -- analyze pictures and photographic technique in an electronic clinic led by photojournalist Matthew Naythons;
 -- design and build America's "dream house" with architect John Connell, author of Homing Instinct;
 -- learn to train, groom and care for every breed of dog and cat under the expert guidance of Brian Kilcommons and Sarah Wilson, authors of Good Owners, Great Dogs.
 Games, puzzles, contests, graphic images and special events will all be hallmarks of the service, and members will contribute their own ideas for keeping the direction and content as flexible as the medium itself.
 "Online capabilities bring fresh vitality to book publishing," said Jennifer Rogers, vice president, electronic publishing, for Time Warner Trade Publishing. "We're thrilled to be involved in this growing medium." Joining Rogers for the announcement was Kevin Knott, CompuServe director of product marketing. He noted: "We're delighted to be working with Time Warner Trade Publishing. Through CompuServe, authors, publishers and readers will be able to interact in new and exciting ways."
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 /CONTACT: Ellen R. Herrick of Warner Books, 212-522-3811, or Debra Young of CompuServe Incorporated, 614-538-4553 or CompuServe Mail 70004,336/

CO: Time Warner Trade Publishing; CompuServe Incorporated ST: New York, Ohio IN: PUB ENT SU: PDT

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