BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA -- SPIE Press Field Guides, handbooks, monographs, and tutorial texts are now available in the SPIE Digital Library with the launch in beta this month of SPIE eBooks. By year-end 2010 SPIE eBooks will include approximately 140 titles covering key topics in optics, photonics, and imaging.
SPIE eBooks are fully integrated into the SPIE Digital Library, enabling researchers and students to cross-search and access journals, proceedings, and books on a single site. As with technical articles, eBook chapters are also available for individual purchase. Access is at SPIEdigitallibrary.org/ebooks. Selected chapters are open-access in order to enable free exploration of the SPIE eBooks site. New titles will be available online ahead of print, making the eBooks more timely as well as more accessible.
"We are pleased with the launch of this new capability enabling researchers and students around the world to access and use SPIE Press books electronically," said Eric Pepper, SPIE Director of Publications. "Their inclusion in the SPIE Digital Library will increase the visibility of the books and their authors, and is a significant step in advancing the Society's mission to serve the international optics and photonics research community."
"I am very pleased that SPIE is able to provide its outstanding Press catalog to the photonics science and technology community in this additional format," said Harry Levinson, SPIE Publications Committee Chair. "Electronic access provides researchers with the ability to easily search the literature for new ideas and information."
The SPIE Digital Library is hosted on the American Institute of Physics (AIP)'s Scitation3 platform, and comprises the world's largest resource for optics and photonics research with nearly 285,000 journal and proceedings articles from 1990 to the present. Topics span the broad interdisciplinary fields of optics, photonics, and imaging, with applications spanning biomedicine, communications, energy, aerospace, defense, manufacturing, computing, entertainment, and electronics.
SPIE is the International Society for Optics and Photonics, founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. Serving more than 188,000 constituents from 138 countries, the Society advances emerging technologies through interdisciplinary information exchange, continuing education, publications, patent precedent, and career and professional growth. SPIE annually organizes and sponsors approximately 25 major technical forums, exhibitions, and education programs in North America, Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific, and supports scholarships, grants, and other education programs around the world. For more information, visit SPIE.org.
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