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FRESH MEADOWS, NY—SEPTEMBER 6, 2000—Data Conversion Laboratory (DCL), an industry leader in converting and repurposing data for publishers, today announced it is developing software that will enable it to convert e-book texts for viewing in Microsoft’s Reader, Adobe’s or Gemstar’s electronic formats.

The company, which performs complex electronic conversions for such publishing giants as McGraw-Hill, Wiley, Harcourt, Wolters Kluwer, Lippincott and Reed Elsevier (Reference), said it is developing a proprietary electronic markup system that will enable it to convert large amounts of text—and non-textual material—for viewing on portable appliances such as the Rocket e-book as well as laptop and desktop computers. The finished material can be viewed using Microsoft’s Reader, Adobe’s or Gemstar’s electronic publishing software.

“The electronic book publishing revolution has exploded in the last few months, and Data Conversion Laboratory is a part of it,” said Mark Gross, president of Data Conversion Laboratory. “Since late spring, DCL has been approached by several major publishers, each looking to convert as many as a thousand books to e-book format. We feel a strong need to be ready by retooling our conversion process to quickly deliver finished text that can be viewed in any of the most popular e-book formats.”

Data Conversion Laboratory said it expects its new conversion software to be ready in the near future.

Data Conversion Laboratory is the leader in implementing complex data conversion solutions for Web- and electronic-based publishers and organizations, B2B applications and evolving new technologies.  Data Conversion Laboratory supports XML, SGML and all major electronic formats.  Since 1981, the company has extracted, reorganized and repurposed data for a diverse roster of government, military-industrial, medical, technical publishing, business and education clients, including:  the Library of Congress, Lucent Technologies, Lockheed Martin, McDonnell Douglas, Gulfstream Aerospace, United Technologies, the Xerox Corporation, John Deere, the New York Public Library and New York University.

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