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Encyclopaedia Britannica offers free access to bloggers, web publishers

Encyclopaedia Britannica, a leader in reference and education publishing, has launched Britannica WebShare, a new program that allows website publishers, bloggers and online journalists to get free access to Britannica Online and link to any of its articles they find relevant to the topics they are writing about.

Encyclopaedia Britannica, a leader in reference and education publishing, has launched Britannica WebShare, a new program that allows website publishers, bloggers and online journalists to get free access to Britannica Online and link to any of its articles they find relevant to the topics they are writing about.

According to the company, the move is a part of Britannica’s effort to increase awareness and use of its extensive collection of information resources, which includes articles written by many of the top scholars in every field, some of them Nobel laureates.

“The level of professionalism among Web publishers has really improved, and we want to recognize that by giving access to the people who are shaping the conversations about the issues of the day,” Jorge Cauz, president, Encyclopaedia Britannica, has said. “Britannica belongs in the middle of those conversations.”

Access to Britannica Online content normally requires a paid subscription. However, when a website links to a Britannica article Web surfers who click on that link will get the article in its entirety, even if they are not subscribers. According to Jorge Cauz, Web publishers can link to as many Britannica articles as they like.

“This means that when you are writing something for the Web, whether it’s about Tibet, the US presidential election, global warming or the Peace of Westphalia, you can give your readers additional information about the topic just by pointing them to the appropriate Britannica articles,” Jorge Cauz has added.

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