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Re: get your digital library! $13.95

The Library of the Future CD-ROM had been on the market about 10 years
ago, but I haven't heard of it in years.  This offer may be for old discs,
maybe even with DOS browsers.  It would consist of public domain
(hopefully) text versions, but buyers should be aware that the version you
find of Shakespeare or Dickens may be obscure and useless.  I don't
believe the developers of this CD-ROM understood that not all versions are
equal or certifiable.  What with the web offerings these days of public
domain titles, it's a simple task to surf and take titles to build a
CD-ROM like this... buyer beware.

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At 01:30 PM 1/3/01, you wrote:
>Anyone out there know what this collection is?   Ann Okerson
>---------- Forwarded message ----------
>Date: Wed, 03 Jan 2001 18:52:21 +0000 (GMT)
>From: "NBCi/XOOM.com"
>Subject: 5,000 of the greatest works ever written for only $13.95!
>Dear NBCi/XOOM.com Member,
>How would you like to add 5,000 works to your home library?
>NBCi/XOOM.com is pleased to bring you 5,000 of the greatest literary works
>ever created -- by authors such as William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens,
>William Faulkner and Edgar Allen Poe.
>Of course, it would cost you $100,000 or more to assemble a collection
>this big. And you'd probably have to build an extra room for your house to
>fit them all!
>Now there's a better way. A way to own each and every one of these great
>works, for about what you'd expect to pay for a *single* softcover book!
>All you need is The Library of the Future on CD-ROM.
>This remarkable product contains the complete, unabridged text of 5,000
>works... plus hundreds of original illustrations, more than an hour of
>audio readings, and selected video clips -- all on one CD-ROM.
>         Right now, because you are a NBCi/XOOM.com member,
>         you can order The Library of the Future for **only $13.95**
>         -- a $36 savings off the regular retail price.
>         This is available *only* through this special e-mail offer to
>         NBCi/XOOM.com members like you.... and *only* until
>         January 17, 2001.
>         To order, and to get all the details, hurry over to this
>         URL now:
>         http://orders.xoom.com/lotf2/rxmlotf20103/
>The Library of the Future brings you the world's most acclaimed works of
>literature -- novels, poems, plays, histories, biographies, religious
>documents, children's classics, and more.
>You get "Billy Budd" by Herman Melville. "The Road Not Taken" and other
>classic poems by Robert Frost. The complete works of William Shakespeare.
>"The Hound of the Baskervilles" and all the other Sherlock Holmes stories
>by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. And literally *thousands* more! You even get
>the complete King James Version of the Bible, The Koran, The Book of
>Mormon and dozens of other important religious documents.
>These are not stripped-down "abridged" versions or chopped-up
>"highlights." You get *every word* of the original text, exactly as the
>author intended. You'll also enjoy listening to more than an hour of audio
>readings of selected works, performed by professional actors.
>The Library of the Future is more than just a collection of great books.
>It's also an incredibly powerful tool for reference and research. You
>    * Quickly search the entire library by title, author, subject,
>      category, word, phrase, date, century, era or country.
>    * Copy text and paste it into your word-processing document.
>    * Print the text shown on one or more screens... or the entire work,
>      if you wish.
>    * Mark any point in any book... and even type in your comments for
>      future reference... with the Bookmark and Notepad features.
>    * Read brief descriptions of the author and title that accompany
>      each book.
>Whether you're a student, teacher, researcher, or simply a lover of great
>literature, The Library of the Future is one CD-ROM you shouldn't be
>without. Order yours for only $13.95 today!
>The Team at NBCi/XOOM.com