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World Book Encyclopedia 2008 Edition Released

Posted Dec 14, 2007
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World Book has announced the release of the 2008 edition of The World Book Encyclopedia. With more than 3,800 expert contributors ensuring articles are accurate and reflect current scholarship, the new edition includes thousands of new and revised articles across all disciplines, from the arts and science to politics and religion. 

The 22 volumes of The World Book Encyclopedia include expanded coverage of both the Democratic and Republican parties, as well as new entries on presidential hopefuls Rudolph Giuliani and Mitt Romney, which join existing biographies of other candidates. 

Beyond U.S. political figures, biographies of hundreds of world leaders, entertainers, explorers, and innovators join World Book, including British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Canadian Liberal Party leader Stéphane Dion, and French president Nicolas Sarkozy.  Additional biographies include filmmaker Tim Burton and film director Peter Jackson, actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Harrison Ford, aviation pioneer Bessie Coleman, and sports figures such as tennis star Maria Sharapova, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, and swimmer Michael Phelps.

Other updates include new articles on the dwarf planet Eris, the Black Death, ethanol, Google, and video art as well as the film series Star Wars.  Also included are expanded maps of Beijing, including sites for the 2008 summer Olympic Games.

The World Book Encyclopedia for 2008 is available in a new spinescape binding – World Book's multi-volume book spine design.  The Global City spinescape, chosen based on the voting of more than 50,000 book lovers earlier this year, combines images of world cities to illustrate that, for the first time in history, the majority of people on the planet now live in cities. 

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 contributors and access to additional resources, including an online atlas, pop-up dictionary, student activities, multimedia resources, and editor-selected websites for additional exploration along with teacher resources and curriculum correlations for educators.

The World Book Encyclopedia 2008 (ISBN 978-0-7166-0108-1) is available now from World Book's school and library sales force at 800-975-3250 (U.S.) or 800-837-5365 (Canada) and from the school and library ordering site (

Source: World Book, Inc.,

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