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Open Library

The Open Library is aiming to create a webpage for every book published. It contains over 20 million records.

It provides APIs for

  • Books
  • Covers
  • Lists
  • Read
  • Recent Changes
  • Search
  • Search inside
  • Subjects

Open Library Bibliographic Data is available to bulk download. You can also return bibliographic data by simply adding an .rdf/.json/.yml extension to the end of any OL bibliographic identifier.

Source code is available on GitHub https://github.com/internetarchive/openlibrary

They suggest using the COinS format for embedding reference metadata in any HTML pages http://ocoins.info

Licensing

No rights asserted by Open Library. Some data sources may have underlying rights.

Contact information

Mailing List: ol-tech mailing list

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