March 13th, 2008 | Published in Google Books
Today we announced the release of a new API for Book Search. We're excited about this API because it makes it easy for users and other book lovers to connect with Google Book Search through a myriad of library sources, from their local library catalogs to their favorite book sites.
For example, using the API, a library can add a link to "View this book in Google Book Search" next to every book entry in its catalog for which we have a preview in our index. This means the library's patrons, whether in the library or online at home, can preview the book immediately via Google Book Search.
To see how you're most likely to encounter the API, check out the following examples:
At a local public library:
While searching the catalog of a university library:
- Kansas State University*
- Northwestern University
- Plymouth State University** (New Hampshire)
- University of California
- University of Huddersfield (Huddersfield, UK)
- University of Iowa*
- University of Texas at Austin
- Waterford Institute of Technology (Waterford, Ireland)
- Università degli Studi di Padova * (Padova, Italy)
Or while investigating books on your favorite online library cataloging resource:
We hope many more libraries and services will make use of the API. Our thanks to all the developers who moved so quickly to implement it. You can add it to your own site or web application, too - you'll find all the necessary information on this page.
*Implementations through Primo or SFX by Ex Libris
**Implementation through Scriblio