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goReader, Inc. and Harcourt College Publishers Sign Agreement To Offer Electronic Textbooks on goReader Device; Deal includes best-selling Harcourt titles on Science, Business lists.

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CHICAGO and FORT WORTH, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 14, 2001

goReader, Inc., an electronic book and reading device company focused on education, and Harcourt College Publishers, a leading publisher of higher education textbooks, today announced a partnership to provide electronic textbooks to college and university students nationwide.

goReader and Harcourt have selected 40 best-selling titles from the publishing company's business and science lists. The titles will be available on the goReader electronic e-book device for students to purchase beginning in summer 2001. Harcourt is one of three major educational publishers set to offer content on the goReader device.

"As one of the preeminent higher education publishers, Harcourt College is helping to guide the industry to embrace alternative distribution platforms for its content," said Rich Katzmann, CEO of goReader. "With student demand for electronic textbooks greatly increasing, we are excited that goReader and Harcourt will be able to deliver a user-friendly solution that meets students' needs."

Specifically designed for students, the goReader offers features not available with current e-book readers. The device features a 7.3" X 9.7" color high-resolution screen that features operations such as navigation, multi-color highlighting, note taking and bookmarking. The goReader can hold more than 350 full textbooks and display complex color images, graphs, tables and formulas.

"The goReader offers a great way for students to smoothly transition from printed books to electronic textbooks without forcing them to compromise how they interact with the course materials," said Ted Buchholz, president of Harcourt College Publishers. "Because content on the goReader device is identical to that in our actual textbooks, students can study it as they do using a traditional book. But the enhanced functionality of the goReader enables them to individualize content in the way that works best for them."

About goReader

goReader, Inc., www.goReader.com, is committed to improving and enhancing the learning experience for students. It is the first and only e-book company to offer electronic content on a portable device specifically designed for the education market. goReader conversion services provide publishers with an efficient, accurate and cost-effective means of converting traditional printed content of various formats into Open Ebook (OEB)/XML. goReader secures publishers' content and prevents copyright infringement and piracy through its unique digital rights management solution. Established in 1999, the company is headquartered in Chicago.

About Harcourt College Publishers

Harcourt College Publishers, www.harcourtcollege.com, is a unit of the Higher Education division of Harcourt, Inc., a broadband lifelong learning company that is a subsidiary of Harcourt General, Inc. Harcourt General, with headquarters in Chestnut Hill, Mass., is a major participant in the growing global markets for education, assessment, training and professional information. Harcourt College is one of the world's leading publishers of textbooks and technology-based instructional materials for post-secondary markets.
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