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Tandem Computers Inc and Infonautics Corp, Wayne, Pennsylvania, are working together to build the world’s most extensive electronic library for children. This on-line information service, called the Homework Helper, will be one of the pioneering resources of the information superhighway. The multi-million dollar agreement is the beginning of a relationship aimed at creating a revolutionary distributed computing environment connecting students to information available from multiple publisher sites. Tandem will be the exclusive computer systems provider for the service, which will run on the Tandem Integrity Network Resource servers. Participating Homework Helper publishers will be encouraged to license a turnkey hosting system, to be known as the Electronic Printing Press. Homework Helper carries the works of over 35 publishers and houses over 700 literary works; thousands of digitised photographs, graphic images and maps; CNN Television Transcripts; Compton’s Multimedia Encyclopedia; and the World Almanac and Book of Facts. It will be offered through major networks, including the Internet. The initial launch, scheduled for autumn will be on the Prodigy service. It will be offered on a subscription price-per-month basis. Prices may vary depending on the network, but will be lower than a basic cable television subscription. Concurrently, Infonautics and MRJ Inc, headquartered outside of Washington DC, a strategic information resources company, announced another relationship in which MRJ will assist Infonautics in the development and launch of the service.

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