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Price Rollback for SPIE Digital Library

SPIE is pleased to announce a price reduction for the SPIE 
Digital Library. This is the second price reduction in three 
years as SPIE recognizes the continuing economic challenges 
facing libraries.

If you have any questions, email <mailto:info@SDLinfo.org> or 
contact your Sales Representative directly.


SPIE Digital Library cuts prices for second time as subscriber base
continues to grow

20 July 2011

BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA -- SPIE, among the first publishers 
to respond in 2009 to economic challenges besetting the research 
library community by reducing subscription prices, is further 
reducing the prices of its SPIE Digital Library.

SPIE is reducing current prices by 5% for 2012, Director of 
Publications Eric Pepper announced today.  SPIE implemented a 10% 
rollback in pricing for institutional subscriptions to the SPIE 
Digital Library <http://spie.org/x2836.xml> in 2010 to help 
libraries contain costs, and sustained this by freezing prices in 
2011.  Pepper said the decision to institute an additional price 
reduction in 2012 comes from its commitment to the Society's 
mission to provide optics and photonics educational resources to 
as many people as possible, and to the Society leadership taking 
a long-term and realistic view of the economic situation that 
research libraries face.

"As our subscription base has grown, we have been able to create 
flexible new pricing options that have made it possible for 
smaller and more specialized libraries to subscribe, along with 
larger libraries and consortia, thereby increasing our subscriber 
and user base," Pepper said. "This latest price rollback is 
another way that we can share the very positive results of this 
growth in a real and practical way with the educational and 
research organizations and companies interested in optics and 
photonics technologies."

SPIE has offered the price rollbacks while expanding services, 
features, and content for a growing number of companies, 
universities, and institutes.  Looking forward, SPIE will 
continue adding new content to the library, and is planning a 
major new platform change and upgrade for launch next year. This 
year, new functionality such as "more-like-this" recommendations 
was added to the SPIE Digital Library, and the Society began 
publication of the new Journal of Photonics for Energy 
<http://spie.org/x40729.xml>, which is freely available in 2011, 
and available by subscription starting in 2012. In 2010, SPIE 
added eBooks <http://spie.org/x36371.xml> to the SPIE Digital 
Library, and launched its open-access journal SPIE Reviews 

The 5% price reduction applies to current and new subscriptions 
to the full SPIE Digital Library, which includes the Proceedings 
of SPIE and all SPIE Journals, and to topical segment 
subscriptions. It does not apply to consortia arrangements, for 
which customized discounts are already applied, however, 2012 
prices for consortia will be frozen at 2011 rates. The price 
reduction does not apply to SPIE eBooks, specially discounted 
subscriptions or promotional packages, or to institutional 
subscriptions to journals purchased independently of the SPIE 
Digital Library.  The SPIE Digital Library is the world's largest 
resource for optics and photonics research. The collection 
includes nearly 320,000 journal and proceedings articles 
published from 1990 to the present, with approximately 18,000 new 
articles added annually.  Topics span the broad interdisciplinary 
fields of optics, photonics, and imaging, with applications 
across biomedicine, communications, energy, aerospace, defense, 
manufacturing, computing, sensors, entertainment, and 

More than 40,000 SPIE papers are cited in over 20,000 
high-technology patents registered with the U.S. Patent and 
Trademark Office. Thousands of other citations appear in the 
international patent literature.

SPIE will begin contacting current subscribers with renewal 
information in late July, which will include the 5% price 
reduction information. Learn more about the SPIE Digital Library 
at spie.org/x2836.xml, or visit the SPIEDigitalLibrary.org 

View a presentation on the market research that went in the 
price-reduction decision, and the Society's philosophy on 
providing technical resources to the community.

SPIEm the international society for optics and photonics, was 
founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. Serving more 
than 180,000 constituents from 168 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. SPIE provided over $2.3 million in support 
of education and outreach programs in 2010.

With best regards,

Mary Summerfield

SPIE Publications Business Development Manager