Electronic note-taking – Church group to use e-books

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Presbyterian Church-USA is using electronic books in place of the hundreds of pages of paper it normally distributes at more than 100 meetings a year.

The Presbyterian Church, based in Louisville, chose SoftBook Press Inc. of Menlo Park, Calif., to provide the technology to manage information without bulky three-ring notebooks.

SoftBook provides the network tools, Internet services and electronic reading devices that provide access to content without using a personal computer.

The Presbyterian Church, one of the nation’s largest religious organizations with more than 11,000 churches and 2.5 million members, says the system’s interactive format that allows delegates to read material, take notes and highlight sections directly on a touch screen.

In a pilot program, the briefing materials replaced five inches of paper at an annual meeting.

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