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Fatbrain.com Develops Online Bookstore for Chemical Firm

Fatbrain.com Tuesday agreed to create an online bookstore for Eastman Chemical Co.'s 15,000 employees.

FinditNow® is tailored for Eastman, a manufacturing and marketing leader of plastics, chemicals and fibers, and will be the primary online book vendor on that company's intranet. The bookstore provides access to a comprehensive catalog of pertinent professional information, including books and other materials on topics ranging from chemical engineering to physics.

Eastman should also benefit from Fatbrain.com's search functionality and customized online billing and message boxes, which allow employees to purchase professional materials using internal project codes.

Such a system allows Eastman, whose 1999 sales totaled nearly $4.6 billion, to have a handle on purchasing procedures as it integrates the new online bookstore service with the company's existing business processes.

"Our relationship with Fatbrain.com enables us to provide Eastman employees access to a comprehensive selection of professional resources through our corporate intranet," Michael W. Ubaldini, supervisor of Technical & Business Information Services at Eastman, said. "We are giving employees easy reference to books and training materials that will contribute to job success and satisfaction."

Before Barnes & Noble.com absorbed FatBrain.com in September for $61.7 million in stock, the Web publishing management firm implemented one or more co-branded online bookstores or information resource centers for the likes of Nortel Networks, Ford Motor Co. and IBM Corp.