Readers may have seen (TES, January 5) Bridget Martyn's euphoric review of The World Book Multimedia Encyclopedia and her very much less enthusiastic review of the World English Edition of Microsoft Encarta '96 Encyclopedia, the newly-localised version of Encarta, which has attracted such praise in the national and computer press.
For the record, in the autumn of 1993 Ms Martyn was hired by Websters International Publishers as a senior editorial manager on the World English Edition of Encarta, and was intimately involved with the project until she left Websters in June 1995 by mutual agreement. Ms Martyn is now working as a freelance, one of whose clients is World Book.
May I therefore suggest that readers look at Encarta for themselves and form their own opinions?
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Editor's note: We were fully aware that Bridget Martyn had been involved at an early stage in the World English Edition of Encarta. She also contributed to several other encyclopedias, though none published by World Book. It was because of her wide knowledge and experience in this complex field that she was chosen to review these products.