Next week is the third annual Aaron Swartz Day (2013, 2014), a celebration and Hackathon which takes place at the Internet Archive on November 7th. Please consider joining us. More information about this year’s events can be found here. We have a lot of good news on our end.
- The Internet Archives book images account on Flickr has now surpassed 5 million free public domain images. These images are also being made available through International Image Interoperability Framework, a standard framework that people can use to interact with our content.
- Internet Archive’s lending library is up and running giving users a lovely way to interact with Collections of books and read them online using the BookReader.
- More books are being added online all the time!
- We’re lending ebooks out at a rate of almost three per minute, worldwide. Our most popular topics are romance and mysteries with a lot of history and fiction thrown in. To support this, we respond to 500-900+ emails per month and are even doing library support over Twitter.
- And of course, we have an API and a LOT of data (covers and other data dumps) for playing around with.
My name is Jessamyn and I’ve been working for Open Library for the past few years after being inspired by Aaron Swartz Day 2013. I work with Giovanni Damiola and Michelle Krasowski and many of the other wonderful people at the Archive to keep this valuable resource up and running.
Great work and awesome update, Jessamyn, Giovanni, and Michelle!