Microsoft Site Builder Network and Computer Literacy Create Online Resource for Web Professionals

Microsoft Site Builder Network and Computer Literacy Create Online Resource for Web Professionals

REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 3, 1998 — Microsoft Corp. and Computer Literacy (Bookshops+Online) today announced they are working together to develop a co-branded virtual bookstore for the Microsoft® Site Builder Network with special discounts for its members. In addition, Computer Literacy announced its plans for providing additional, exclusive resources to Site Builder Network members.

Computer Literacy has developed several new features for the site ( , including a recommended reading list of the latest Web development and design books, “virtual bibliographies” for further reading on selected topics, online purchasing, and same-day shipping of all the latest texts. The Microsoft Site Builder Network is the leading online resource and membership program for Web professionals. It is the third most trafficked area of the Microsoft Web site, with over 700,000 registered members and 1.7 million unique visitors each month.

“Microsoft is pleased to work with an online specialty retailer that shares our commitment to the Web professional,” said Tod Nielsen, general manager of developer relations at Microsoft. “Computer Literacy is enhancing the Site Builder Network offering by helping customers get the books they need to stay on top of the industry and answer their most difficult technical questions.”

“We look forward to working with the Site Builder Network to help their members become more informed on the latest technical topics,” said Chris MacAskill, president and chief executive officer of Computer Literacy. “The technology engineers, site architects and graphic designers who visit the site are also ideal customers for Computer Literacy. We feel that our virtual library of the hottest technical books will be an invaluable resource for anyone with an interest in Web development.”

In the coming weeks, Computer Literacy will introduce a host of services to enhance the extensive content already compiled at the Site Builder Network, including these:

  • A virtual bookstore. Computer Literacy will supply the site with a recommended reading list of technical books each month, highlights from notable texts, and breaking news bulletins for members and guests.

  • “Hot off the press” offerings. Each month, the bookstore will include a featured new book on the site. Some of these publications will be on view exclusively for Site Builder Network members – up to two weeks before they are available in other bookstores.

  • Increased inventory. Computer Literacy has been increasing its inventory levels of other Web site development books to ensure that the newest, most relevant books are in stock for same-day shipping.

  • Virtual bibliographies. Computer Literacy will create virtual bibliographies for the top new articles on the Site Builder Network. Each bibliography will serve as a knowledge resource, offering users a set of additional books and other tools they can turn to for a deeper education on the topic.

“We have made it easier than ever for Web professionals to get the most up-to-date, thorough information out there,” said Dennis Capovilla, vice president of sales and business development for Computer Literacy. “Microsoft’s unparalleled expertise, coupled with the hottest books provided by Computer Literacy, make the Site Builder Network a can’t-miss destination for anyone involved in Web development.”

The Microsoft Site Builder Network is a comprehensive membership program and online resource for Web developers and designers. Membership levels are designed to grow along with changing technical and business needs and provide free access to a wide selection of tools and training, news and information, tips and tricks, and a vibrant Web development community. The Microsoft Site Builder Network is available on the Web at .

Computer Literacy (Bookshops+Online) is the leading information resource for computer professionals. The company offers computer and technical books and related services to its customers through its online store and four retail stores located in Silicon Valley and Tysons Corner, Va. Computer Literacy can be found on the Web at ( .

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software for personal computers. The company offers a wide range of products and services for business and personal use, each designed with the mission of making it easier and more enjoyable for people to take advantage of the full power of personal computing every day.

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Computer Literacy (Bookshops+Online) is a trademark of Computer Literacy.

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