November 30, 2020

Full Text Access: National Academies Press Launches New Version of “Open Book” Online E-Reading Tool

From NAP:

Back in June of 2011, we made all of our PDFs free for downloading, and it understandably got a lot of attention. But lost in the excitement was the fact that we’ve provided our reports for free since 1999 in the form of what we now call the OpenBook, which presents thousands of reports in their entirety for reading online.

Today [September 18, 2015] we’re excited to launch a new version of the OpenBook, where the purpose of the new look was to remove as much as we could so that the reading experience is as easy as possible. Instead of clicking through a book page-by-page, you’ll now scroll through chapters. The table of contents is available at any time, and you still go back and forth by page or jump to any individual page, but the emphasis is now on its primary purpose: reading our reports.

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The OpenBook is available for all of the books published by NAP, so look for the “Read Online” button on each book’s page to start reading.

Links to Examples and Some Usage Tips in the Complete Blog Post

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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