Franklin Electronic Publishers Honours 79th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion, Katharine Close
Winner Collects a Cash Award and Spelling Ace® Award
after Correctly Spelling Ursprache
BURLINGTON, New Jersey – June 7, 2006 – Franklin Electronic Publishers (AMEX:FEP), a leader in developing innovative electronic learning solutions, joined the E.W. Scripps Company in congratulating Katharine Close as the winner of the 79th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee held in Washington, D.C.
As the national champion, Katharine received $5,000 and the Spelling Ace Award from Franklin. Additionally, Franklin presented the top ten finalists with a limited edition electronic Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary and Thesaurus. Every Spelling Bee participant also received a Franklin Spelling Ace T-shirt, a Spelling Ace baseball cap and a $20 gift certificate that can be used to purchase products at www.franklin.com.
“This is our third consecutive year supporting the Scripps National Spelling Bee. We are proud to take part in such a dignified event which encourages learning,” said Barry Lipsky, President and Chief Executive Officer of Franklin Electronic Publishers. “On behalf of Franklin Electronic Publishers, I am honored to present Katharine Close, a home state gal, the Franklin Spelling Ace Award to recognize her achievement as the 2006 National Champion.”
All Franklin dictionaries offer phonetic spell correction and a variety of learning tools to help students improve their spelling. Just like a real spelling bee, Franklin’s Speaking Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate® Dictionary offers a virtual spelling bee that pronounces thousands of words for students to enter their spelling attempt and receive immediate feedback on the correct spelling.
Franklin will merchandise its product line-up in special display shippers showing its proud support of the Scripps National Spelling Bee during the back to school season.
About The Scripps National Spelling Bee
The Scripps National Spelling Bee is administered year-round on a not-for-profit basis by Scripps and 268 local sponsors. The National Spelling Bee was launched by the Louisville, Kentucky, Courier-Journal in 1925. The majority of local spelling bee sponsors are daily and weekly newspapers. At the time of the competition, contestants must be under sixteen years of age and not yet promoted beyond the eighth grade.
Franklin Electronic Publishers (AMEX:FEP) is a world leader in electronic handheld information, having sold more than 37,000,000 electronic books since 1986. Current titles available directly or through partners number more than 22,000 in sixteen languages under license from world class publishers, such as Merriam-Webster and HarperCollins, focused in five genres: Learning, Language Learning, Travel, Spiritual, and Leisure. The Company also licenses its underlying technology to an array of partners including Adobe, Sun Microsystems, and Ademco (a division of Honeywell). Franklin distributes ROLODEX® Electronics branded organisers worldwide and SEIKO branded reference products in North and South America, Australia and the European Community. Franklin’s products are available at 45,000 retail outlets worldwide, through catalogues and online at www.franklin.com/au
ROLODEX® is a registered trademark of Berol Corporation, a subsidiary of Newell Rubbermaid Inc. SEIKO is a registered trademark of SEIKO Corporation.
Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters discussed throughout this release, including, but not limited to, those that are stated as Franklin’s belief or expectation or preceded by the word “should” are forward looking statements that involve risks to and uncertainties in Franklin’s business, including, among other things, the timely availability and acceptance of new electronic books, and other electronic products, changes in technology, the impact of competitive electronic products, the management of inventories, dependence on key licenses, titles and products, dependence on third party component suppliers and manufacturers, including those that provide Franklin-specific parts and other risks and uncertainties that may be detailed from time to time in Franklin’s reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
07 June 2006