The National Academies Press Makes All PDF Books Free to Download

Posted on June 14, 2011

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The National Academies Press (NAP) has now made all PDF books free to download. With more than 4,000 books available for free, the Press is hoping to make academic content more wildly available, while still remaining economically sustainable. The Press is hoping this will encourage a wider population of people to read and use academic journals. NAP publishes for the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, National Research Council, and the Institute of Medicine. . Prior to this announcement, developing countries already had access to NAPs free PDFs, and 65 percent were free for all users. This news will allow more people to access academic bodies of knowledge. It is estimated that the amount of downloaded PDFs will increase from 700,000 to three million by 2013.

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