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ICS to publish eBooks

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has announced that it will be making its publications on best practices for shipping companies available as eBooks from April 2013.

This will start with the ICS Bridge Procedures Guide (4th edition), the ICS Guide to Helicopter/Ship Operations (4th edition) and the ICS/ISF Guidelines on the Application of the ISM Code (4th Edition).

Other publications will be made available as eBooks when new or revised editions of print versions are published.

In its press release, ICS says it will be using the eReader technology developed by Witherby Seamanship Group (WPG), which is already being used by other bodies producing maritime publications, including the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

The ICS eBooks will be available as single user versions (with the same recommended retail price as the existing print editions) or as network versions whereby a customer will have access to five copies of the eBook for twice the cost of the single user version.

ICS Director External Relations, Simon Bennett, explained: “As well as responding to the demand from shipping companies to produce ICS publications as eBooks, we believe that by using the proven WPG system it will be helpful to ship operators for our books to sit alongside IMO regulations, as well as useful advice produced by other maritime bodies, in electronic form.”

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