Tuesday, June 7, 2011

National Academies Press Offers Free Books Download

National Academies Press is a publishing house that publishes authoritative reviews and research reports issued by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council. It publishes nearly 200 books a year on a wide range of topics in the sciences that are available for purchase. These books – more than 4,000 titles - are now being offered as free PDF downloads.


As of today all PDF versions of books published by the National Academies Press will be downloadable to anyone free of charge.  This includes a current catalog of more than 4,000 books plus future reports produced by the Press.  The mission of the National Academies Press (NAP) -- publisher for the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council -- is to disseminate the institutions' content as widely as possible while maintaining financial sustainability.  To that end, NAP began offering free content online in 1994.  Before today’s announcement, all PDFs were free to download in developing countries, and 65 percent of them were available for free to any user.

"Our business model has evolved so that it is now financially viable to put this content out to the entire world for free," said Barbara Kline Pope, executive director for the National Academies Press.  "This is a wonderful opportunity to make a positive impact by more effectively sharing our knowledge and analyses.

There is a huge wealth of information available in the catalogue. Browse through the various sections - Agriculture, Earth Sciences, Forensics, Biology, Computers, Education, Health, Industry, Math – just to name a few, and select the titles you wish to read.


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