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Friday, June 3, 2011 7:19 pm

Geek ecstasy

Filed under: Cool!,Geek-related issues — Lex @ 7:19 pm
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The National Academies Press, the publishing arm of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council, is putting its entire catalog of .pdf books online. For free.

It was already among the leaders in university presses in that regard, with about 65% of its titles already freely available for download. Most of those were very technical. The remaining titles are written for a wider audience. The hardcover versions of these books retail for up to $100.

The National Academies produces research used by other researchers, as well as government officials. Although it was established by an act of Congress and gets tax dollars, it’s an independent agency.

Compared to the professionals, I’m not much of a geek at all, and I think this is huge. I can only imagine how the real geeks are celebrating.

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