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Most of the 44 biographees are still living and continuing to make their mark in the field. The choices for entries include some industry standards, such as Sergin Brin and Larry Page of Google and Bill Gates of Microsoft. Other choices include Anita Burg, the founder of Systers, a women's forum for issues in computing, and the hacker known as Cap'n Crunch. Entries include quotations, photos, and bibliographies, which list books, journals, and, of course, Web sites. The Chronology volume covers the Internet from its prehistory (1843-1956) through the end of 2004. Entries focus on a single event; for example, 1995: Amazon.com and eBay are founded. Each chapter has a bibliography, and appendixes provide statistics and a list of online Internet-related resources. The Issues volume has 35 entries on topics such as Activism and the Internet, Games and the Internet,^P and Privacy. Each entry includes a substantial bibliography divided by resource type. Sidebars provide information on ancillary topics, such as how e-mail works. Each volume concludes with the same list of acronyms and glossary, but indexing is volume specific.
With the maturation of the Internet in the last several years, and the encyclopedia's expanded format, libraries that own History of the Internet should still consider purchasing this title. The attractive layout makes it inviting. The reading level is appropriate for the high-school level and up. Recommended for high-school, public, and academic libraries of all sizes. Jack O'Gorman
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