Online library in public beta testing

Business and economics texts from some of the best-known publishing companies are now available online for free.

Random House, McGraw-Hill, Pearson PLC, Taylor & Francis, Cambridge University Press, MIT Press and Yale University Press have agreed to put some of their copyrighted book titles online through an agreement with ebrary Inc. in Mountain View, Calif., and The Learning Network, a subsidiary of Pearson, an international media company. There is no subscription fee and no charge to view texts online. However, a fee will be charged to copy or print text. There are also links to sites that sell the books.

The Web site is in beta testing, with an engine that can search the text by word. There is also free, downloadable software that can link subjects to more information elsewhere on the Web.

Ebrary provides copyrighted material to Web sites. The Learning Network runs the Infoplease reference site.

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