Atypon Systems signs a $10 million contract with Academic Press, a Harcourt Company (NYSE:H)

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. – October 13, 2000 – Atypon Systems, Inc., a leading business services provider (BSP) in the Science, Technology and Medicine marketplace today announced a $10 million contract with Academic Press (AP), a Harcourt Science and Technology Company.

Atypon's open-technology platform Literatum will power the structural core of IDEAL, AP's pioneering resource library for science, technology and medicine (STM) researchers. Literatum is an information management platform, which enables multiple business models so that an organization can fully tap the revenue potential of digital content.

Atypon is currently developing the next generation of intelligent agents, knowledge management and personalization tools that will complement its Literatum platform. Under this contract, AP's IDEAL system will benefit from these leading-edge technologies and hence maintain its leadership position in electronic publishing.

Dr. Georgios Papadopoulos, President and CEO of Atypon, said: "We are delighted at AP's decision to utilize Atypon's publishing and personalization technologies to further AP's leadership in STM electronic publishing. We at Atypon have built for IDEAL the perfect platform for the delivery of intelligent interfaces and personalized services. In creating for IDEAL's end-users an easy-to-use, agent-driven system, we have technologically outdistanced our competition. This new contract validates our superiority in providing solutions for the STM marketplace."

Stated AP President Dr. Pieter Bolman, "As design and development partners working together since the genesis and launch of IDEAL, AP and Atypon have proven a winning team. Together we have constructed IDEAL so that it has successfully maintained its place as a leader among electronic-publishers, and together we have made IDEAL into a pre-eminent cyberspace library for researchers changing the future of our world. We here at AP look forward with anticipation to the future of IDEAL and our future with Atypon."

"We value our customer partnership with AP", said Ravi Singh, director of corporate development for Atypon, "This commitment, which exceeds $10 million dollars, is a further validation of Atypon's BSP business model. Our strong customer partnerships have always played a key role in determining our service offerings. In response to customer needs, we will be launching a new service – ScienceLine – in the coming months. ScienceLine is an automated information discovery mechanism for biotech researchers, scientists and clinical practitioners."

About IDEAL and Academic Press

IDEAL, the International Digital Electronic Access Library, is licensed in more than 20 countries by close to 1600 academic institutions and industrial and pharmaceutical companies and is accessible to over 10 million authorized users worldwide. Academic Press is an international multiple-media publisher of high-quality journals, book serials, major reference works, databases, textbooks and monographs.

Through its wholly owned subsidiary, Harcourt, Inc., Harcourt General (NYSE: H) is a leading global multiple-media publisher, providing educational, training and assessment products and services to classroom, corporate, professional, research, medical and consumer markets. Academic Press is a Harcourt Science and Technology Company and part of Harcourt's Worldwide Scientific, Technical and Medical (STM) Group. IDEAL is the online library of the Harcourt Worldwide STM Group.

For more information on IDEAL, visit http://www.idealibrary.com.

About Atypon Systems, Inc.

Atypon is a leading business services provider (BSP) in the Science, Technology and Medicine (STM) marketplace. Its business-to-business Internet solutions are designed to help biotechnology, healthcare, pharmaceutical, e-learning and publishing companies leverage the Internet. Atypon's solutions are provided on the Internet and on corporate Intranets.

Atypon's customers range from non-profit organizations to Fortune 500 companies. Over 300 of the world's leading biotech and medical journals are serviced by Atypon. Atypon is based in Santa Clara, California and has a European office located in Athens, Greece. For more information on Atypon Systems, visit http://www.atypon.com.

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Rika Tsitsinia
Atypon Systems
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rika@atypon.com