Chalk Up Another Member Benefit: Free E-Books
Worldwide sales of e-books are expected to jump from US $323 million in 2008 to nearly $9 billion in 2013, according to a forecast by the market research firm In-Stat. Taking note of the digital books’ popularity, IEEE is now offering members a collection of 220 IEEE e-books for free through the IEEE Xplore digital library. The topics of these IEEE eBook Classics include power engineering, electromagnetics, circuits, computing, robotics, photonics, and biomedical engineering. The books are broken down by individual chapters rather than as full cover-to-cover text and can be read on any device that displays PDF files.
“We’re very pleased to offer this to members,” says 2009 IEEE president John Vig, who spearheaded the effort to make the books available and who also hopes the benefit will attract new members.
With the debut of IEEE Xplore 3.0 in February, a joint Wiley-IEEE Press collection of more than 400 e-books is also being offered in a subscription package sold to institutional libraries. The new IEEE eBook Classics were chosen from among IEEE-copyright books in that collection that are at least three years old. Plans call for the collection to be enlarged in the future.
FINDING A BOOK
To find the e-books, log in to IEEE Xplore using your IEEE Web account. Click on Books in the left-hand Browse navigation menu. Next, click on the Classics tab to browse the titles. Once you find a book you’re interested in, click on the title to go to its home page, which contains an abstract, bibliographic information, a table of contents, and an image of the cover. Chapter links take you to the part of the book you want to read. In addition, from the home page you can search by subject or keyword to find information within the book.
Here’s a sample of available titles:
Maintaining Mission Critical Systems in a 24/7 Environment
By Peter M. Curtis (March 2007)
With the growth of e-commerce and 24/7 operations, maintaining mission-critical facilities is a booming business. This book offers a reference and training guide for how to operate, manage, and maintain all types of key equipment. Also covered are reliability and availability requirements for the electrical and mechanical systems needed to maintain continuous operation and to minimize downtime.
Introduction to Evolvable Hardware: A Practical Guide for Designing Self-Adaptive Systems
By Garrison W. Greenwood and Andrew M. Tyrrell (October 2006)
The authors introduce the concept of evolvable hardware, which can change its architecture and behavior dynamically based on interaction with its environment. The authors cover everything from the fundamentals of evolutionary computation to the intricacies of fault-tolerant systems.
Modern Industrial Automation Software Design
By Lingfeng Wang and Kay Chen Tan (February 2006)
Developing industrial automation software increasingly requires the integration of expertise across many disciplines, including software engineering, data communications, and resource management. The book explores software development using cutting-edge technologies.
Optical WDM Networks: Concepts and Design Principles
By Jun Zheng and Hussein T. Mouftah (August 2004)
Wavelength division multiplexing has emerged as an efficient technology for exploiting the huge bandwidth capacity inherent in optical fibers. The book introduces fundamental WDM concepts and design principles and covers technologies that address design issues. Topics include network architectures, routing and wavelength assignment, virtual topology configuration and reconfiguration, distributed lightpath control, and optical-layer protection and restoration.
Principles of Electric Machines With Power Electronic Applications, 2nd Ed.
By Mohamed E. El-Hawary (June 2002)
All machines have power requirements, and finding the right balance of cost and performance can be a challenge. This book is an introduction to the principles of electric machines, power electronics, and adjustable-speed drives and covers the fundamental structure of electric power systems.