National Academies Press PDF eBooks now free for download

June 08, 2011


In an admirable move, the National Academies Press (NAP) has opened the door for making its content truly ubiquitous. It has made all PDF versions of its books freely available for download from its website. This announcement affects both the NAP's existing catalog of more than 4,000 PDF eBooks and future reports.

The NAP is the official publisher for the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council. The Press describes its "mission" as disseminating "the institutions' content as widely as possible while maintaining financial sustainability."

With that in mind, this isn't the NAP's first foray into the world of large-scale, free content distribution. The NAP actually began offering free content online in 1994, and about two thirds of its PDFs were already freely available. All were free to users in developing countries.

"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."

The PDF books will be available exclusively from the NAP website, and remain subject to copyright laws. Why not check out the catalog and download something that takes your fancy? The NAP predicts more than 3 million annual downloads of free PDF content by 2013, so you'll be far from alone.

PDF In-Depth Free Product Trials Ubiquitous PDF

Debenu Quick PDF Library

Get products to market faster with this amazing PDF developer SDK. Over 900 functions and an equally...

Download free demo

Five visions of a PDF Day

In the world of PDFs or as we like to say Planet (of) PDF, a year isn't a real PDF year without an intense few days of industry knowledge sharing.

May 15, 2018
Platinum Sponsor

Search Planet PDF
more searching options...
Planet PDF Newsletter
Most Popular Articles
Featured Product

Debenu PDF Aerialist

The ultimate plug-in for Adobe Acrobat. Advanced splitting, merging, stamping, bookmarking, and link control. Take Acrobat to the next level.


Adding a PDF Stamp Comment

OK, so you want to stamp your document. Maybe you need to give reviewers some advice about the document's status or sensitivity. This tip from author Ted Padova demonstrates how to add stamps with the Stamp Tool along with related comments.