Open Library is an online project intended to create "one web page for
every book ever published". Created by Aaron Swartz and Brewster
Kahle, among others,
Open Library is a project of the non-profit
Internet Archive and has been funded in part by a grant from the
California State Library
California State Library and the Kahle/Austin Foundation.
It provides access to many public domain and out-of-print books, which
can be read online.
Book database and digital lending library
3 Books for the blind and dyslexic
4 See also
6 External links
Book database and digital lending library
Its book information is collected from the Library of Congress, other
libraries, and Amazon.com, as well as from user contributions through
a Wiki-like interface. If books are available in digital form, a
button labelled "Read" appears next to its catalog listing. Links to
where books can be purchased or borrowed are also provided.
There are different entities in the database:
works (which are the aggregate of all books with the same title and
editions (which are different publications of the corresponding works)
Open Library claims to have 6 million authors and 20 million books
(not works), and about one million public domain books available as
digitized books. Tens of thousands of modern books were made
available from four and then 150 libraries and publishers for
ebook digital lending.
Open Library began in 2006 with
Aaron Swartz as the original engineer
and leader of Open Library's technical team. The project was led
George Oates from April 2009 to December 2011. Oates was
responsible for a complete site redesign during her tenure. In
2015, the project was continued by Giovanni Damiola and then Brenton
Cheng and Mek Karpeles in 2016.
The site was redesigned and relaunched in May 2010. Its codebase is on
GitHub. The site uses Infobase, its own database framework based
on PostgreSQL, and Infogami, its own
Wiki engine written in
Python. The source code to the site is published under the GNU
Affero General Public License.
Books for the blind and dyslexic
The website was relaunched adding
ADA compliance and offering over 1
million modern and older books to the print disabled in May 2010
using the DAISY Digital Talking Book. Under certain provisions of
United States copyright law, libraries are sometimes able to reproduce
copyrighted works in formats accessible to users with
List of digital library projects
Online Computer Library Center
Online Computer Library Center – creator of WorldCat
Online Public Access Catalog
Free Software licensing
List of AGPL web applications
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Universal access to all knowledge
Open Content Alliance
Library of Congress
Biodiversity Heritage Library
Lists of Internet Archive's collections
RECAP US Federal Court Documents
US Government Documents
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London
Collected texts of Simon Schwartzman
Live Music Archive
Internet Archive Software Collection
Open Educational Resources
History of books