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date: 22 Dec 1999

News Release - 17th December 1999

Creator of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Launches Wireless Internet Site.

Imagine you’re lost in Hobart searching for a place to stay or you are explaining the rules of tiddlywinks to a native German or even discussing the theory of complexity over dinner…

Don’t panic! Author Douglas Adams has today launched a WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) enabled version of the online guide to life, the universe and everything. This means that can now be accessed while on the move via WAP-enabled wireless phones at tdv wap, and soon other handheld devices. was launched in May 1999. Based on Adams’s sci-fi novel, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, is the online guide to life, the universe and everything. Adams wants people to come to the site and contribute to the electronic guide with entries about anything and everything.
Currently, the sort of information available from the online guide ranges from fascinating facts on places and people to practical tips and advice on anything from irritable bowel syndrome to latex clothing.

In time, Adams believes will become a real world electronic guide to life, the universe and everything - accessible anytime, anywhere from any portable handheld device. Information available from the online guide in future will be tailored by geographic location thereby allowing people to access relevant information wherever they happen to be in the world.

The launch of the WAP site is being overseen by John Bissell, Chief Operating Officer of Douglas Adams’ digital media company, The Digital Village (TDV) who joined the company from British Telecommunications plc, where he was an executive in the Group Mobility Division.

Douglas Adams, creator of and author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy explained:
"WAP is the ideal vehicle to create a portable guide which people can access, contribute to and get information on anything and everything about life that they would not find anywhere else, wherever they are in the world.

John’s appointment is a significant coup as we continue our expansion and embrace new technologies to achieve our goal to make h2g2 a truly portable guide to life.
John brings with him not only significant business experience and skills in the wireless developments from BT, but also a personal style which is well suited to the spirit and culture of h2g2."

For further information:
Sinead Kelly / Warren Johnson / Stuart Yeardsley, The RED Consultancy
Tel: 0171 465 7700 / Fax: 0171 486 5260


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