Access the National Academies Collection for Free

Free place to sleep by Brad Stabler
Free place to sleep, CC-BY-NC-SA by Brad Stabler on Flickr.

An article in The Chronicle the other day announced the National Academies Press is making all of their books available online for free in PDF format. The NAP* had already been providing 65% of their titles in electronic format without charge and as of June 2nd made the entire library – appoximately 4000 books and reports – available for anyone to read online without charge.

If you are like me, you may prefer to read the hard copy over the electronic and are willing to pay the price. This option is still available but now you may elect to read select chapters (or the entire publication) before you buy.

Some recent titles:

America’s Climate Choices
Prudent Practices in the Laboratory: Handling and Management of Chemical Hazards, Updated Version
The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health

I found a couple of titles of interest under Education and Computers and Information Technology.

State Assessment Systems:Exploring Best Practices and Innovations: Summary of Two Workshops

Biometric Recognition:Challenges and Opportunities

* The National Academies Press (NAP) was created by the National Academies to publish the reports issued by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council, all operating under a charter granted by the Congress of the United States. The NAP publishes more than 200 books a year on a wide range of topics in science, engineering, and health, capturing the most authoritative views on important issues in science and health policy.


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