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World Book Encyclopedia 2003 Ultra-Deluxe Edition

Platform : Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows Me, Windows XP
2.1 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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Product Description

From the Manufacturer

With over eight decades of experience and a global reputation for unsurpassed excellence, World Book is firmly established as the premier reference source. Now the world's favorite encyclopedia continues its legacy with World Book 2003 Ultra Deluxe Edition--a suite of six publications, seven discs in all. As our world changes, World Book changes with it, while remaining true to its goal of providing students, parents, teachers, and librarians with the most useful, up-to-date information. Accompanying the two content-crammed discs of the award-winning World Book Encyclopedia in this package are the World Book Encyclopedia of People and Places, the World Book Encyclopedia of Science, and the World Book Student Dictionary--along with the Eyewitness World Atlas and the Summer Olympics Sports Multimedia Encyclopedia. These discs add up to a one-stop resource suite designed for anyone researching, for example, the history of an emerging nation, hunting for a full-color photo of objects in outer space, hoping to understand the intricacies of gold-medal dressage, or browsing through lists that reveal the wondrous derivations of common words. Regarded as the #1 most-trusted name in reliability and accuracy, World Book continues to provide comprehensive, factual detail in an easy-to-access format. With more than 85 years of specialized experience in the fields of education and communication, World Book employs the expertise of over 3,700 scholars, authenticators, and reviewers in the service of this multi-award-winning family reference source.

Of all the subjects World Book knows, we understand students best. When research must be done, nothing is more frustrating than searching through useless information. Rather than crowding our encyclopedia with thousands of unnecessary articles, World Book has cut through the clutter to provide more than 22,300 of the most concise, timely, informative pieces any student could need. Presented in an extremely user-friendly format, World Book 2003 Deluxe Edition supplies the most effective, interactive multimedia materials and tools to access a wealth of knowledge-Guaranteed!

Easy to use - 22,300+ Articles

  • Simply use the topics or word search options to locate your desired information.
  • Sticky notes mark the information that you want to find again, and it is easy to highlight the content you want to see.
  • Just double-click any word to find the meaning.
1,400+ Maps
  • Detailed interactive maps, reflecting the highest cartographic standards, broaden your perspective on the world.
  • Maps present information such as climate, economy, population distribution, and historical development.
117 Videos and 781 Audio Clips
  • Just click on the appropriate buttons for hundreds of exciting videos and sounds that bring your favorite topics to life!
129 Breathtaking Panoramas
  • Get 360-degree panoramic views of fascinating places!
  • You'll feel like you're there!
Fully Interactive World Book Dictionary/More than 1,500 Reading Lists
  • Over 245,000 definitions
  • Search the Dictionary separately, or double-click any word in the Encyclopedia to retrieve its definition.
More than 13,900 Online Articles from World Book Annuals
  • Annuals are yearly, independent publications that include special feature articles.
More than 9,600 Illustrations and 42 Animations
  • 3D animations bring topics to life!
  • Interactive simulations help you understand how things work.
More than 1,850 Tables and 323 Time Lines
  • Enhance reports with charts created from your research information.
More than 30,000 Measurements
  • Measurements in nonmetric and metric units.
  • 14 scientific and mathematical simulations.
5 Homework Wizards
  • Wizards help to prepare reports, charts, time lines, quizzes, and Web pages.
Other World Book 2003 Features:

Surf The Ages!

Another function of an encyclopedia is to stimulate curiosity and spark interest in learning. World Book's exclusive Surf the Ages feature fulfills this concept by providing simulated Web sites as they might have been if the World Wide Web had existed throughout history. From an exclusive interview with a survivor of the Mount Vesuvius eruption in A.D. 79 to a Plague Information Site in the 1300s, Surf the Ages takes you back in time to rediscover important historical events, people, and ideas. Based on historical facts and documentation, each Web entry journeys through the main events of Ancient Times, the Middle Ages, and Modern Times. And with the "View from Today" option, you can reveal what we now know or believe about a featured event or figure.

A World Book Exclusive!

Back In Time

With Internet access, travel back through 80 years of World Book articles, reading about events as they were described at the time. For example, study articles on WWII written in 1945.


Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B00006GEPA
  • Item model number: CS-266d
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 25, 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 2.1 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,031 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

When I first got this program, I noticed that the interface was very easy to use. Many of the articles were too brief, or you had to look harder for certain details than you would in other programs such as Encarta or Britannica. I noticed that the multimedia on World Book is not as abundant as the other programs, but it certainly was good. The pictures, sound, and video were clear and relevant to the articles. I would recommend this program for anybody under 15 or anybody looking for a broad number of topics, but if you need more specific information, I suggest you find another program.
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I would give this software no stars if I could!

This program came on my iMac in 2003 and was an awesome product. However after paying for the 2004 edition I found that updates are no longer available. That means that no articles from 2004 are available to me. I used the given e-mail address to inquire about this problem, only to be told that this was only a temporary situation. Today I clicked on the link to contact World Book, and it no longer works. I would ask for my money back, but there doesn't seem to be any way to get in touch with the company. The part of this that I find hard to believe is that this product is still for sale.

CUSTOMER BEWARE is all that I can say at this point.
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By A Customer on March 25, 2003
First off, I can't even register it because the domain doesn't exist in the first place! second, i can't run the atlas because it says the sound devices were installed incorrectly, now who's fault is that? I didn't install it, it installed automatically! The articles are a little too brief too, and the encyclopedia has a hard time connecting to my cable modem to get on the internet. These are not things i would expect from a professional encyclopedia. If i could do it again i would pay the extra 10$ and get the encarta.
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This is an astounding electronic encyclopedia that is worth every penny. It beats Britannica hand's down in feature parity, movies, images, and content, and since it's not made by that conficted monopoly Microsoft, you're spared a lot of redirection to MS's websites when clicking on links to the Internet. If you're looking for the Macintosh edition, ...it's called the Jaguar edition.... That platform's version is utterly stunning and I'm afraid is even better than the Windows version. Either way, you won't be disappointed with this fast, informative, nicely organized application that the application's code warriors cared enough to make a quality product. Apple the company apparently likes it as well because it's pre-installed on many new computers they sell. Since I have two computers (one Windows and another Mac), I was able to compare the two in feature parity. I guess it is true what they say: Some things just look better on a Mac.
With that said, I have yet to encounter a single bug, program crash, or "missing" DLL, and the company's attention to detail should be rewarded, if not praised. So if you're thinking of ordering something for your kids, a college student, or even yourself, put this software at the top of your list. You won't regret it!
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