Monday, 1st February 2010
NASA Publishes Its First e-Book (Free)
NASA has recently released its first e-Book titled, "X-15: Extending the Frontiers of Flight by Dennis R. Jenkins." You can access a copy (it's free) on the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate website.
This e-Book and others to come are available for the Sony Reader, Amazon Kindle, and Amazon Kindle DX. NASA e-Books will also "eventually" be available for the nook.
From the Description:
The X-15 was the ultimate "X" vehicle. Built in the 1950s, she became the fastest and highest-flying winged aircraft of its time. During 199 flights from 1959 through 1968, she collected data about hypersonic flight that was invaluable to aeronautics and to developers of the space shuttle. This book describes the genesis of the program, the design and construction of the aircraft, years of research flights and the experiments that flew aboard them
You can also purchase a print version of the book
Another Title Coming Soon
+ "Apollo of Aeronautics: NASA's Aircraft Energy Efficiency Program, 1973-1987" by Mark D. Bowles
This NASA RSS feed should keep you current with new eBook titles and release info.
Chris Meadows at TeleRead has more info.
He reports the files are actually .prc and .pdf. and then goes on to say that he had no problems opening the .prc file on his PC but, "it may be a little much for mobi-handheld readers to handle," since the e-Book contains so many photos and charts.
Sources: Latest Gadgets Blog, TeleRead, NASA