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The New Republic, Salon.com, Esquire, and The Atlantic Team Up with Powells.com to Provide Book Reviews Online

MAY 29, 2001, PORTLAND, OR — Powells.com today announced that Esquire, The New Republic, Salon.com, and The Atlantic will provide its shoppers with full-length book reviews to be posted daily on the independent bookseller's web site and distributed through a free email subscription service. Each weekday, Powells.com will send subscribers a full-length book review from one of its four reviewers. Reviews on the fifth day will be provided by members of the bookseller's staff.

"We're thrilled to offer this new service to our online customers," said Michael Powell, the president and founder of Powell's Books. "We know we can get customers the books they want at competitive prices. This new Review-a-Day program, led by these incredible reviewers, will help readers make informed decisions about which books are worth buying."

Today's announcement follows recent bookselling agreements between Powell's and Salon.com, Esquire.com, and The New Republic Online. The three leading content sites link all new book-related content to Powells.com for online ordering.

"As one of the foremost independent publications on the web, we're especially pleased to be working with one of America's foremost independent booksellers," said Laura Miller, Salon.com's Editorial Director. "We believe that the Web - both by informing people about books through venues like Salon.com and by giving them access to books through services like Powells.com - has an important role to play in fostering reading and literary culture."

Review-a-Day's first week will feature The New Republic's original review of Catch-22, first published in 1961 and still considered by many to be the definitive take on Joseph Heller's classic novel. Salon.com, meanwhile, reviews Philip Roth's latest effort, The Dying Animal, while The Atlantic and Esquire tackle new nonfiction releases. Day by day, readers can expect book reviews representing a wide range of subjects and styles. In Monday's debut, for instance, Dave Weich of Powell's considered a cookbook that teaches you, among other culinary tricks, how to cook on your car engine.

About Powells.com
An independent bookseller in Portland, Oregon, since 1971, Powell's stocks more than 1.5 million used, new, rare, and out-of-print titles at seven stores and two warehouses. Powells.com features recommended titles at up to 75% off and a wide selection of technical books, textbooks, children's books, and ebooks, plus monthly contests and exclusive author interviews. Yahoo! Internet Life magazine crowned Powells.com "Best Book Site 2000" and Forbes rated the online bookseller "Best of the Web - Spring 2001." Powell's continued success, particularly its profitability, appears all the more impressive in light of recent industry trends. The Industry Standard noted, "Few others in this widely populated industry have the resources or unique core competence to launch such a successful site."

About The New Republic
As America's preeminent journal of opinion, The New Republic's mission is to challenge its readers to look beyond conventional wisdom and consider society's most urgent issues within the context of history and culture. The New Republic Online features a selection of articles from the print magazine each week as well as online-only content from writers such as Jed Perl and Stanley Kauffman. TNR Online also includes an online-only section entitled Cyberspace, bringing New Republic-style criticism and wit to the new questions of the politics, arts, law, and culture of the Internet. TNR Online draws from its 86-year archives of the magazine to bring a degree of context and history to the Internet that most magazines on the web simply can't offer.

About Salon.com
Founded in 1995, Salon.com is a leading Internet media company that produces 10 award-winning, original content sites and hosts two communities -- Table Talk and The WELL. In May 2000, Salon acquired MP3Lit.com, a pioneering Web company offering quality spoken-word and audio literature recordings. In October 2000, Salon.com launched Salon Audio, a site offering 24-hour music programming, daily downloads and streaming audio from Salon's favorite columnists, as well as hundreds of downloadable versions of short stories, poems and interviews in MP3 and Real Audio formats. In December 1999, Salon.com announced a content and equity agreement with Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc., a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corp. and NBC. Strategic wireless distribution partners include AvantGo, Omnisky, Palm.net and Skytel.

About Esquire
For more than 68 years, Esquire has helped define, reflect, and celebrate what it means to be an American man. As the only general-interest lifestyle magazine for sophisticated men, Esquire speaks to the diversity of their passions with spirited storytelling, superb style, and smart service. Esquire.com extends the magazine's mission onto the Internet, with emphasis on tools and features designed to improve the daily lives of men, from book reviews to style advice to cocktail recipes and everything in between.

About The Atlantic
For over 140 years, The Atlantic has helped define the political, social, and cultural dimensions of our national character through superior and insightful writing. The Atlantic Online extends this writing to the Internet, presenting the contents of the print magazine alongside web-exclusive features, to create an unparalleled online publication. The site has been nominated for four National Magazine Awards in New Media and was named the best literary site on the Web for 2000 by Forbes magazine.

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