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Amplifying the voices behind books

Exploring how Open Library uses author data to help readers move from imagination to impact By Nick Norman, Edited by Mek & Drini According to René Descartes, a creative mathematician, “The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest [people] of past centuries.” If that’s true, then who are some of […]

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Google Summer of Code 2020: Adoption by Book Lovers

by Tabish Shaikh & Mek OpenLibrary.org,the world’s best-kept library secret: Let’s make it easier for book lovers to discover and get started with Open Library. Hi, my name is Tabish Shaikh and this summer I participated in the Google Summer of Code program with Open Library to develop improvements which will help book lovers discover […]

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Open Library for Language Learners

By Guyrandy Jean-Gilles 2020-07-21 A quick browse through the App Store and aspiring language learners will find themselves swimming in useful programs. But for experienced linguaphiles, the never-ending challenge is finding enough raw content and media to consume in their adopted tongue. Open Library can help. Earlier this year, Open Library added reading levels to […]

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Meet the Librarians of Open Library

By Lisa Seaberg Are you a book lover looking to contribute to a warm, inclusive library community? We’d love to work with you: Learn more about Volunteering @ Open Library Behind the scenes of Open Library is a whole team of developers, data scientists, outreach experts, and librarians working together to make Open Library better […]

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Re-thinking Open Library’s Book Pages

by Mek Karpeles, Tabish Shaikh We’ve redesigned our Book Pages: Before →After. Please share your feedback with us. A web page for every book… This is the mission of Open Library: a free, inclusive, online digital library catalog which helps readers find information about any book ever published. Millions of books in Open Library’s catalog […]

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