Category Archives: Community

It takes a Classroom to build an Open Library

On most days, the Open Library is hard at work improving the experience it offers to students and teachers in classrooms. But for the past few months, Open Library has had the privilege of enjoying contributions from 7 students around the globe who had been assigned by their universities to participate on open source software […]

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Introducing Trusted Book Providers

Building the Internet’s library is no easy task, and it can’t be done alone. Thankfully, we’re not alone in wanting to provide access to knowledge, books, and reading — which is why we’re excited to introduce Trusted Book Providers into Open Library. This feature allows us to provide direct “Read” links to a number of carefully selected, reputable sources of books online. Integrations with Project Gutenberg and LibriVox are up and running, and integrations with Standard Ebooks, OpenStax, and Wikisource are in progress. By linking to these outstanding organizations, we’re excited to help promote their wonderful work as well as give Open Library patrons easy access to more trusted sources for digital books. We see this as a step in helping the world of open access books flourish.

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The Open Book Genome Project

We’ve all heard the advice, don’t judge a book by its cover. But then how should we go about identifying books which are good for us? The secret depends on understanding two things: What is a book? What are our preferences? We can’t easily answer the second question without understanding the first one. But we […]

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Introducing: Community Reviews

You can now publicly review books using structured book #tags on Open Library with Community Reviews. Take a look, try it out, and send us feedback! Many social book websites including Goodreads & LibraryThing feature text reviews from the community. Why hasn’t Open Library? As a non-profit library service with a small staff, there are […]

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Open Library Tags Explained—for Readers Seeking Buried Treasure

An old brass key dropped on the ground in the woods.

As part of an open-source project, the Open Library blog has a growing number of contributors: from librarians and developers to designers, researchers, and book lovers. Each contributor writes from their perspective, sharing contributions they’re making to the Open Library catalog. As such, the Open Library blog has a versatile tagging system to help patrons […]

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