World Book Introduces Latest Editions of Authoritative References: The World Book Encyclopedia 2009 and Discovery Encyclopedia

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From global warming to rap music, athletics to politics, World Book's latest reference sources are the places to "Look it up!" and "Learn more."

World Book Encyclopedia 2009 Spinescape

Millions of people turn to World Book reference sources every year because they know they will find the reliable, accurate information they need, whether completing a homework assignment or just trying to improve their knowledge and understanding of the world around them.

When it comes to looking it up, World Book proves, with The World Book Encyclopedia 2009 and Discovery Encyclopedia, why its reference sets continue to be the relied-upon resources for generations of students, educators, and parents.

"World Book continues to set the gold standard for reference," said World Book Editor in Chief Paul Kobasa. "Millions of people turn to World Book reference sources every year because they know they will find the reliable, accurate information they need, whether completing a homework assignment or just trying to improve their knowledge and understanding of the world around them."

The World Book Encyclopedia 2009

The World Book Encyclopedia 2009 includes thousands of new and revised articles providing reliable and current information on topics A to Z across the 22-volume set. New and expanded articles focus on a range of topics across disciplines, including global warming, organic food, Kosovo, the U.S. presidential election, and the 2008 Olympic Games. World Book continues its tradition of rich biographies with new and revised biographies ranging from president-elect Barack Obama to rock-star Bono, rapper Jay-Z, and actor Johnny Depp. Adding to the learning experience are more than 27,500 informative photographs and illustrations throughout the set.

Recognized as a "great read" and "well written and engaging" by Library Journal, The World Book Encyclopedia is known for its authority, currency, and readability. This is apparent in the latest edition, with nearly 4,000 expert contributors and editors ensuring the set's integrity. No other print encyclopedia is subject to as thorough a review as The World Book Encyclopedia. Articles are authored or critically reviewed by an expert, and articles are carefully crafted to ensure comprehension for the students relying on World Book.

Book lovers everywhere selected the "Diversity of Life Spinescape®" for The World Book Encyclopedia for 2009. This spinescape binding shows wildlife from across the world and underscores the importance of protecting and preserving fragile ecosystems.

The World Book Web, World Book's suite of online publications, includes all the articles in the print edition as well as thousands more from World Book's renowned contributors. The World Book Web also offers access to additional resources, including an online atlas, pop-up dictionary, student activities, multimedia resources, and editor-selected Web sites for additional exploration, along with teacher resources and curriculum correlations for educators.

Discovery Encyclopedia

With nearly 200 additional pages of content and entries chosen with the advice and assistance of teachers, school librarians, readability specialists, and other educators, the newly redesigned Discovery Encyclopedia engages students of all ages, including those in adult education and ESL programs.

Designed for young learners and visual learners, the 13-volume encyclopedia contains thousands of articles arranged alphabetically and features a bold, clean design to help students find topics easily. It also contains more than 3,300 colorful illustrations, diagrams, and maps to enrich learning.

Noted as "highly recommended" by Catholic Library World for helping students learn how to start and conduct research, the Discovery Encyclopedia is ideal for introducing important research skills and includes cross references, guide words, and other elements found in adult reference works.

Ordering and Availability

The World Book Encyclopedia 2009 (ISBN 978-0-7166-0109-8) and Discovery Encyclopedia (ISBN 978-0-7166-7415-3) are available now from the school and library ordering site (, and from the company's online store (

About World Book

World Book, Inc. sets the standard in publishing accurate, current, and reliable reference and learning materials for children and adults. Based in Chicago, World Book is committed to creating educational products that meet the highest standards of editorial excellence in print and online. This commitment has resulted in a wide range of products including the number-one selling The World Book Encyclopedia and the World Book Web, which is the most comprehensive and authoritative online solution to meet the diverse learning needs of students and includes World Book Student, World Book Advanced, World Book Discover, and World Book Kids as well as French- and Spanish-language references. World Book ( is a Scott Fetzer company, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc.

Jennifer Parello, 312-819-6558, jennifer.parello at
Mary Jung, 773-429-0940, mtjung at


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