November 19, 2002 

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Latha Menon, England

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For the 1 crore plus word digital encyclopedia, ‘Encarta’, Latha Menon from Thrissur is the Executive Editor.

Latha Menon, settled in England, is the editor of the best-selling and trend-setting encyclopedia on CD-ROM that is redefining the way we access knowledge and information.

She sailed to England in 1964 at the age of 5.  Later she obtained a degree in astrophysics from Somerville College, Oxford and did research in the subject.  After working for a few years in a teaching assignment, she joined the Blackwell Scientific Publications as an editor.

The next step in her career was becoming the senior editor of science and technology at Oxford University Press.  It was from here that she joined the Microsoft Encarta project in 1994.

She points out 2 reasons for the essential attractiveness of CD-ROM encyclopedia: interactivity and hyperlinks.

Though dealing in digitalware, she believes that there is no replacement to books.  “The scent of new books, eye-pleasing size of fonts, colour of paper, satisfaction of underlining etc. cannot be got from any e-book,” she says.


Courtesy: Santhosh Jacob, Malayala Manorama, September 4, 2000

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