03 February 2010

BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA -- SPIE eBooks have moved out of beta development into full launch on the SPIE Digital Library. The launch includes 120 SPIE Press titles from the Field Guides, Monographs, and Tutorial Texts series. Over the course of 2010 at least 15 new titles and editions will be added to the SPIE eBooks collection, followed by print publication.

SPIE eBooks cover important topics in optics, photonics, and imaging at all levels of complexity in authoritative professional reference books, textbooks, and handbooks covering theory and state-of-the-art applications.

Institutions may subscribe to the SPIE eBooks collection alone or along with Proceedings of SPIE and SPIE Journals in the SPIE Digital Library, the world's largest collection of optics and photonics research.

Individual researchers and students can cross-search and access information about the full collection of SPIE Book, Journal, and Proceedings content, and may purchase individual book chapters, articles, and papers.

Selected chapters from several books are available at no charge. The full text of Fundamentals of Photonics, an introductory work, is open access.

Additional information is available at spie.org/ebooks.

"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."

"We are pleased to offer this new program enabling researchers and students around the world to access and use SPIE Press books online even before they are available in print," 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."

The SPIE Digital Library is hosted on the American Institute of Physics (AIP)'s Scitation3 platform, and includes more than 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, the international society for optics and photonics, was 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.

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