WASHINGTON—The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) has expanded its collection of eBooks to more than 200 titles. GPO and Google formed a partnership in 2010 to convert Government publications into eBook format and make the eBooks available through Google’s eBookstore. GPO and Google’s endeavor has increased Government transparency by making Government publications accessible to the public in a digital format. For example, a recent addition, the first volume of the Public Papers of the President, Barack Obama, provides insight to the daily activities of President Obama. Other recent titles include The Financial Crisis Inquiry Report, which details the findings of President Obama’s Commission to investigate the causes of the financial and economic crisis, and Wings in Orbit, the legacy of the space shuttle program.
Link to Google’s eBookstore to search for Federal Government titles: http://books.google.com/ebooks
“GPO’s growing eBook market is another example of how the agency has transformed itself to remain relevant and viable in today’s digital age,” said Public Printer Bill Boarman. “The first volume of the Public Papers of the President, Barack Obama is an exciting title that connects the American people with the President. GPO continues to add titles and is always looking to expand to include a variety of topics that appeal to the public.”
With 2,200 employees, GPO is the Federal Government’s primary resource for producing, procuring, cataloging, indexing, authenticating, disseminating, and preserving the official information products of the U.S. Government in digital and tangible forms. GPO is responsible for the production and distribution of information products and services for all three branches of the Federal Government, including U.S. passports for the Department of State as well as the official publications–in both electronic and print formats–of Congress, the White House, and other Federal agencies. In addition to publication sales, GPO provides for permanent public access to Federal Government information at no charge through GPO’s Federal Digital System (www.fdsys.gov) and through partnerships with approximately 1,220 libraries nationwide participating in the Federal Depository Library Program. For more information, please visit www.gpo.gov. Follow GPO on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/USGPO Twitter http://twitter.com/USGPO and on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/gpoprinter.