Education Boon Of The Day

If you are interested in science, math and engineering — or teach these subjects — have I got news for you.

The National Academies – National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council – is offering free PDFs of its catalog of more than 4,000 titles.

The National Academies Press produces about 200 titles a year and has made PDFs free to developing nations since 1994. From the press release

“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.”

Based on the performance of NAP’s current free PDFs, projections suggest that this change will enhance dissemination of PDF reports from about 700,000 downloads per year to more than 3 million by 2013.

Here are a few interesting titles:

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