News Release

New Program Provides Online Access To 100 Complete Digital Books

March 5, 2001

The Brookings Institution Press announced today a new program that provides internet users with access to full-text digital versions of 100 complete titles. BOOKS ONLINE (at provides users with access to over 30,000 pages of comprehensive, cutting-edge public policy research free of charge.

BOOKS ONLINE was developed with Openbook technology from the National Academy Press. The Openbook system performs powerful keyword searches by book, by chapter, and among other online books, and users can print selected pages one at a time. Brookings is the first press to license use of the National Academy Press technology, and the Press plans to increase its selection of available titles throughout the year.

“This technology allows you to thoroughly browse a book without leaving your desk,” said Robert L. Faherty, director of the Brookings Institution Press. “Anyone can use it: scholars, public officials, members of the media, and everyday citizens. You don’t have to buy anything, you don’t need special software, there are no subscription fees, and no files to download. If you need the information on a page, you can print it. And if you decide that you need to have the printed book, you can buy it online.

“Today, good publishers must employ a variety of digital options alongside printed books, and we are actively involved in several forms of electronic publishing, including e-books, print-on-demand, and on-line subscription services for journals,” said Faherty. “The BOOKS ONLINE program is a terrific addition to our digital portfolio.”

BOOKS ONLINE includes titles in government & politics, economics, international economics, trade, international affairs, and urban affairs. To access BOOKS ONLINE, visit the Brookings Institution website at

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