Melville, NY, September 22, 2009 — The American Institute of Physics (www.aip.org) today launched a robust, feature-rich new eBooks website for SPIE, the International Society for Optics and Photonics. The site (spiedigitallibrary.org/ebooks), hosted on AIP's Scitation C3 platform, provides collections of SPIE Press books to institutions, including the option to purchase individual book chapters. The eBooks are fully integrated into the SPIE Digital Library so that researchers and students are now able to cross-search and access journals, proceedings, and books on a single site.
"The phenomenal rise in interest surrounding eBooks, coupled with a forecast of strong growth in the future, makes this an ideal time for publishers to add eBooks to their current online offerings," said John Haynes, AIP's Vice President, Publishing. "Our dedication of increased manpower and other resources in recent years has now propelled AIP into the vanguard of publishing technology—with eBooks just one important byproduct of this effort."
AIP's eBook capabilities are enabled by leveraging the enrichment and discovery tools of Scitation's new C3 infrastructure, setting the stage for content mixing, faceted browsing, guided search, and new features that allow users to find related content across a publisher's entire catalog, all in a rich, user-focused environment. User activity is tracked and made available to subscribing institutions through AIP's COUNTER-3 compliant usage statistics service.
"The benefits of this new capability go beyond the potential for new revenue, providing increased visibility for our book program through Scitation's relationships with Google, CrossRef, and library vendors and thereby reaching the desktops of more researchers and students around the world," said Eric Pepper, SPIE Director of Publications. "We expect the site to enhance discovery of our content, increase traffic, and spur overall use of the SPIE Digital Library."
Scitation‘s newly enhanced C3 platform establishes a strong foundation for the eBook programs of scholarly publishers and offers a high degree of flexibility and extensibility for future growth.
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