Monday, June 6, 2011

National Academies Press Puts All 4,000 Books Online at No Charge

On June 2, the National Academies Press announced that it would make available its entire PDF catalog of books for free. These files are accessible for download by anyone. In case you do not know, the National Academies Press is the publishing arm of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council. It primarily publishes books and reports of interest and use by scientists, educators, and policy makers.

The executive Director, Ms. Barbara Kline Pope explained in an interview that many of the titles were previously available, but now everything is free for download. Technology has lowered the costs associated with such efforts whereby helping the press advance its mission of getting information, research and data into the hands of those who may benefit.


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