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CNN Today

Internet Publishing Moves Written Word Farther From the Printed Page

Aired March 14, 2000 - 1:48 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: Almost 600 years after Gutenberg invented the printing press, the written word is moving farther away from the printed page.

NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: It is all because of computers, of course, the Internet in particular.

And CNN Interactive correspondent Allison Tom brings us some of the newest developments.

What's going on, Allison?

ALLISON TOM, CNN INTERACTIVE CORRESPONDENT: Hi, Natalie and Lou. There's a lot going on today.

The first think that we're going to show you is the new Stephen King book. It's available on the Internet, and it's exclusively available on the Internet. The first site that you can go to for this is SimonSays. This is the Web site for Simon & Schuster publishing. You can click on the Simon -- I'm sorry -- the Stephen King book and scroll down to find out where you can find the download.

Now, whether you're using it for a PC, for a laptop computer, for an electronic book device or a hand-held computer, you can find all of the resources here on this site.

Now, one of them -- or two of them we're going to show you is Barnsandnoble.com. They actually offer this site today only for free. The same thing applies for Amazon.com, and all you have to do is go to these Web sites. You'll follow the steps that they have available on their site to show you how to download it for free. The only thing that we found today is that since there is quite a demand for this particular book, for the text -- and, again, it's 66 pages today that you can download -- there has been a lot of traffic on these sites, and we have encountered a lot of problems just in getting and accessing the information.

You will also have to have some sort of reader for any of these sites -- either an Acrobat Reader or another reader that's available on Amazon.com's site. So be aware of that because it will take some time to download. It usually takes a couple minutes, but it depends on your connection to the Internet. Now, the other thing that has launched today is Oxford English Dictionary. This is a brand-new Web site. It's just launched today. And you can find a number of different updated Web site and information on this site.

Now, some of the new words that have been included on some of these are '70s, '80s and '90s terms that are now included in the revision include "cyberspace." This is a very '90s term. It was also used quite a bit in the '80s. And then also "mom and pa stores" These are some of the interesting new businesses that have been turned into different kinds of businesses on the Internet.

Now, with this particular Web site, there are a number of different things you can do and definitions you can find, but keep in mind that it's not available for free for consumers. So if you're going to be using this in your home, you will have a charge of about $500 a month, so it's something to consider. But if you do access this Web site, this dictionary in a library, it's usually offered for free.

And the last site we're going to show you is coming up here, which is the champion chess player Gary Kasparov. He has his new Web site that just launched today as well. And at 4:00 p.m. Eastern today, Gary is going to join about three children -- I'm sorry -- about 30 children from around the world. Ten of them will be based in the United States, 20 of them on the Internet playing chess games. And you can watch that on the Web site.

Natalie and Lou, back to you.

ALLEN: And, Allison, this new Stephen King book, how long would it take to down load that?

TOM: It depends on the connection that you have. By and large, just a couple minutes. Again, you need to have the Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. But anywhere from a minute, if you have a fast connection like a T-1, or up to about 40 minutes if you have a 26K modem. So it just depends on your connection.

ALLEN: All right, Allison Tom.

Thanks, Allison.

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