As of June 2, 2011, all PDF versions of books published by the National Academies Press (NAP) will be downloadable free of charge to anyone. This includes the current catalog of more than 4,000 books plus future reports published by NAP.
Free access to online content supports the mission of NAP–publisher for the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council–to improve government decision making and public policy, increase public education and understanding, and promote the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge in matters involving science, engineering, technology, and health. 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.
Like no other organization, the National Academies can enlist the nation’s foremost scientists, engineers, health professionals, and other experts to address the scientific and technical aspects of society’s most pressing problems through the authoritative and independent reports published by NAP. You are invited to sign up for MyNAP –a new way for us to deliver free downloads of this content to loyal subscribers, to offer you customized communications, and to reward you with exclusive offers and discounts on our printed books.
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