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Divine Acquisition of Northern Light Strengthens Portfolio of LibraryOfferings

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From: Marilyn Kearney <marilyn.kearney@rowe.com>
Date: Wed, Jan 30, 2002, 3:26 PM
Re:  Divine Acquisition of Northern Light Strengthens Portfolio of
Library Offerings

Press Release

divine/Faxon Library Services Contact
Amira Aaron
(781) 410-3315


Combination Brings Unrivaled Premium Content Offerings and Award-winning
Search Technology to Libraries and Information Centers

WESTWOOD, Mass. - Jan. 29, 2002 - divine, inc., (Nasdaq: DVIN), a premier
integrated provider of information solutions for corporations, non-profit
organizations and libraries, today announced that it has acquired certain
assets of privately held Northern Light´┐Ż Technology LLC, a leading
provider of search and content integration solutions, in an all-stock
transaction. The acquisition of Northern Light's award-winning premium
content services, enterprise search technology, and e-commerce transaction
engine enhance divine's comprehensive integrated content, collaboration
and knowledge solutions for academic institutions and corporations. "At
divine/Faxon Library Services, we see this as a wonderful opportunity to
offer the services of both companies in order to better serve our library
clients", says Jim Krzywicki, President and General Manager of divine
Information Services.  "Working with Northern Light will allow us to make
available an array of electronic content search and delivery services,
including our own Information Quest (IQ), which is unparalleled in the
industry today.  As an example, divine will now have the ability to
provide web information portals which can be offered by academic
institutions with library branding to their alumni."

Northern Light Technology is a leading provider of premium content,
content integration and search solutions for enterprises. Its products
include Special Collection(tm), an online business research library of
over 70 million pages of full text documents; SinglePoint(tm) Custom
Content Integration service; RivalEye, a customized competitive
intelligence solution; and the Northern Light Enterprise Search
Engine(tm), which features Northern Light's patented classification
technology and customizable 17,000-term taxonomy. In addition, Northern
Light's fast and flexible e-commerce transaction engine allows
micro-payments, subscriptions, coupons, refunds, and aggregation for
monthly billing. The acquisition enhances divine's ability to offer
premium content through Northern Light's Special Collection, the largest
online desktop business research library with more than 7,100
electronically procured and presented documented sources, including
Forbes, Business Week, American Banker, Economist, New York Times,
Investext database of equity analyst reports, and key vertical industry
publications. In addition, the acquisition of Northern Light strengthens
divine's already strong content management and delivery solutions for the
information industry by expanding the number of sources divine can offer
and by providing a dramatically improved interface for locating specific
content. divine also intends to integrate Northern Light's global search
technology across its content management, content aggregation and
acquisition, client interaction and collaboration solutions to provide a
unified search capability across its applications. "With its recent
acquisitions of leading content management and content procurement
technologies and services as well as its existing relationships with
business and scholarly publishers, divine has assembled a comprehensive
best-of-breed content offering," Northern Light CEO Seuss said. "Not only
do divine's existing technologies and solutions perfectly complement
Northern Light, but its powerful distribution channel can bring the
benefits of our integrated search and content technologies to a much wider
audience around the world."

About divine/Faxon Library Services

divine/Faxon Library Services has been a leader in subscription
acquisition and management services for over a century and was officially
acquired by divine, inc. (Nasdaq:DVIN), in November of 2001.  divine is a
premier provider of services, technology and managed applications that
extend organizational effectiveness through collaboration, interaction and
knowledge solutions.  The combination of Faxon and divine's strong client
service orientation, comprehensive content sources, and innovative
technology provides library and information professionals with complete
end-to-end solutions for all their print and electronic information
management and knowledge resource needs.  Flagship services of
divine/Faxon are kLibrary, a premier web interface for subscription
management, and Information Quest (IQ), a leading e-journal access and
delivery service.

For more information on divine/Faxon products and services, please contact
a sales representative at sales@faxon.com, call 1-800-766-0039, ext. 3311,
or visit us at http://www.faxon.com.

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