|World Book, Inc. has announced an enhancement to its online version
of theWorld Book Encyclopedia. The latest upgrade—audio pronunciations
for the most-hard-to-say words and phrases in the encyclopedia—features
the company's largest addition ever of sound files to the World Book Online
One-third of all 22,000 encyclopedic articles presented in World Book
Online now contain at least one supporting audio-pronunciation file. Over
the past year, 8,500 newly recorded sound files have been created, resulting
in one or more audio pronunciations for difficult words and phrases in
7,500 articles throughout the site.
"For the last half-century, World Book has provided pronunciation guidance
in various formats for readers, and now that expert guidance is instantly
available in audio form to our online customers as well," said Howard Timms,
World Book Online's editorial director. "This major site enhancement provides
World Book Online users with a critical connection between sound and print."
According to the announcement, World Book Online's audio-pronunciation
files furnish students, parents, and business professionals with a valuable
tool for reinforcing reading skills and fine-tuning oral-presentation skills.
Sound files attached as audio icons to each of the difficult-to-pronounce
words or phrases are run within seconds by clicking on the corresponding
icons. Although most audio pronunciations are located in the article title,
some articles, such as "Dinosaurs" and "Pronunciation," are embedded within
text or tables. A table located in World Book's Pronunciation Key article
explains audio-files operation.
World Book Online with its new audio-pronunciation guide is available
for a free 30-day trial by logging on to http://www.worldbook.com
and clicking "World Book Online."
Source: World Book, Inc., Chicago, 312/729-5800; http://www.worldbook.com.