Gr 4-8 The blacks, browns, and grays of the cover are indicative of the spirit of this book, which makes an exciting topic dull and lifeless. Youngsters will be disappointed to find that most of the book is a history of information technologies from the telegraph and phonographs to laser discs; only the last 15 pages deal with CD-ROMS. The Grolier Electronic Encyclopedia is commonly used in schools and librar ies, but the explanation of it is too de pendent on small black-and-white pho tographs of computer screens that are almost impossible to read and don't capture the excitement of manipulating information with this tool. INFO TRAC II, the other CD-ROM system commonly used by young people in li braries, is never mentioned. Lampton speculates on the possibilities of CD/1, compact disc interactive, but his ex ample of improving a golf swing, like other examples he uses, is not appro priate to the intended audience. Al though the content is as accurate as possible given the developing technol ogy, this book emphasizes quantity of information stored over quality, use fulness, or the excitement of new pos sibilities. It also waivers in tone, with many cartoons which seem to have no purpose other than to ``lighten'' the presentation of information that should have been more fascinating on its own. Kay E. Vandergrift, School of Communication, Information and Li brary Studies, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J.