If you miss spending hours at the library, poring over reference books, those days just took another hit. But, if you like staying home with thousands of research resources at your disposal, you're going to like this.
The publishing company Springer International has more than 50,000 books you can download right now, for free. These aren't best-selling paperbacks. But, if you're writing a report, they're far more valuable than those.
If you're not familiar with Springer, it publishes reference books, including books written by 200 Nobel Prize winners. Its areas of expertise are science, technology, engineering and math, which you may recognize from the acronym STEM, which is a curriculum used by a lot of schools.
Springer describes itself as an "e-first" publisher, meaning most of its books are online before they're in hardcover. For free, Springer Link has about 50,000 downloadable STEM-related volumes.
If you're doing research, or helping your child with a school report, you can download a book like, "Economics and Computation" or "Optimization for Decision Making," as a PDF file. You can read it on your computer screen, save it to your computer, or share a link to a book by email.
Springer Link books cover other topics, too. These include computer science, philosophy and statistics.