Syllabus, January 1999, p. 40

DVD has recently received a lot of press, especially with the stand-alone DVD players many people have bought to play movies in their homes. But there’s another aspect of DVD that is much more relevant to educators: the multimedia DVD drives that are included in so many of today’s new PCs.

While DVD disks are the same physical size and shape as normal CDs, DVD disks can store far more information—about 13 times more.

With that much extra storage available on each disk, multimedia software issued on DVD format will be much richer in content, graphics, audio, and video. In addition, vast reference collections and electronic books can be distributed on a single DVD disk.