Category Archives: Interface/Design

How one volunteer is sharing a better reading experience with all of us

For nearly 15 years Open Library has been giving patrons free access to information about books in its catalog, direct to their computers. But for millions of readers across the globe who rely on their phones for access, this hasn’t always presented the ideal mobile reading experience. This year, a volunteer within the Open Library […]

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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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Introducing the Open Library Explorer

Library Explorer at Library Leaders Forum

Try it here! If you like it, share it. Bringing 100 Years of Librarian-Knowledge to Life By Nick Norman with Drini Cami & Mek At the Library Leaders Forum 2020 (demo), Open Library unveiled the beta for what it’s calling the Library Explorer: an immersive interface which powerfully recreates and enhances the experience of navigating […]

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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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Share what you’re reading

To bring in the new year, Open Library announced a new feature called the Reading Log which lets you keep track of the books you’re currently reading, have finished reading, or want to read. Over the last two months since we launched the feature, we’ve received promising feedback from our community. Our reading log stats page shows over […]

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