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Faster book covers

We did some performance and stability improvements to covers.openlibrary.org recently. Accessing book covers by ISBNs is quite faster now than before. The covers.openlibrary.org website used to face intermittent internal errors  because of memory leaks in the fastcgi library that was used. We switched to gunicorn server now and that solved this issue. Please be aware […]

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Reading Animals

The Library at Night is one of my favourite books. It’s strongly influenced my thinking here at Open Library, and I definitely recommend you read it. I was excited to learn this morning via @MargaretAtwood that Mr. Manguel has released a new book, All Men Are Liars. (Review on acommonreader.org.) As I was wandering about […]

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Easy permanent links to book page images

We just launched a new image permalinks feature for downloading and linking to page images of books hosted on the Internet Archive. Using a page image permalink makes it easier to references the contents of a book hosted on the Archive without having to know the details of how or where the book is stored. […]

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To The Viscountess Wolseley

MADAME, it is no modish thing, The bookman’s tribute that I bring ; A talk of antiquaries grey, Dust unto dust this many a day, Gossip of texts and bindings old, Of faded type, and tarnish’d gold ! Can ladies care for this to-do With Payne, Derome, and Padeloup ? Can they resign the rout, […]

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Alice for the iPad

Exciting stuff! Revealed through @BibliOdyssey’s Twitter stream, with a link to a great post by Tali Krakowsky about the changing nature and new potential of pop-up books. What sort of physicality can books have on screen? Not just page-turning animations anymore!

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