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Morgan & Claypool Publishes First Synthesis Lectures

Morgan & Claypool Publishers ( announces the publication of the first titles in Synthesis: The Digital Library of Engineering and Computer Science, a collection of original documents born digitally and delivered in a new "Lecture" format. The first titles will be available this month; approximately 100 titles are scheduled to publish in 2005.

The company says that a unique lecture format differentiates Synthesis from journal articles and monographs. Each Lecture is a 50- to 100-page self-contained document that is more current than a book and more comprehensive than a journal article. The Lectures are authored by prominent engineers and computer scientists from leading institutions, such as the University of California-Berkeley, MIT, Microsoft Research, Carnegie Mellon University, Apple Computer, and Sandia National Laboratory. and dozens of others. Synthesis lectures provide engineers, graduate students, and researchers with applications-oriented content that is specific to their particular field of interest. Due to their length, the Lectures can be written and published quickly and updated frequently, a significant advantage to both readers and authors.

Synthesis Lectures are available in three forms:

  1. An online digital library for institutional use on a state-of-the-art delivery platform with sophisticated linking and alerting features
  2. Digital files for individual purchase (Adobe PDF) with or without accompanying print
  3. Moderately priced paperbacks available from library vendors and online retailers

Source: Morgan & Claypool Publishers

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