Grzimek’s transformed to interactive, media-rich online product

A press release from Gale concerning Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia is below.  I suspect this transformation from multi-volume print sources to interactive subscription based “databases” will be the norm from here on.  I really hope they have animal sounds, you never know when you might need to have lions roaring in your office.

Farmington Hills, Mich., July 10, 2009 – Gale, part of Cengage Learning, today announced the transformation of Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia into an interactive, media-rich online interface. This new digital version will be available this fall.

Based on the 17-volume encyclopedia, long regarded as a leading source of information on “everything animal,” this digital resource is part of the next generation of resources from Gale, designed to bring “power to the user.” This knowledge portal will include information on more than 4,000 species, covering topics such as evolution, habitat, behavior, ontology, conservation status and more. Continuously updated, the image-rich content will provide a true educational experience, where users will not only find answers to specific questions, but will also have the opportunity to explore, discover and learn.

Grzimek’s is considered one of the best and most comprehensive animal reference sources available,” said Jay Flynn, Gale’s vice president and publisher for social science and K-12. “This conversion to an online resource allows for enhancements that will make this product even more valuable in the study of animals. Photos, maps, videos and interactive tools, as well as links to periodicals, real-time news and websites create a full learning experience.”

Other features include:

· Up-to-date information written and reviewed by expert’s from around the world

· Curriculum correlation, to connect content to the national science curriculum

· Option of two interface designs to best meet the needs of individual users

For a video preview, to sign up for a free trial or to register for a Webinar, visit

For more information, please contact Linda Busse at