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Open Library
Open Library
is an online project intended to create "one web page for every book ever published". Created by Aaron Swartz[2][3] and Brewster Kahle,[4] among others, Open Library
Open Library
is a project of the non-profit Internet Archive
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.


1 Book
database and digital lending library 2 Technical 3 Books for the blind and dyslexic 4 See also 5 References 6 External links

database and digital lending library[edit] 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.[3] 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:

authors works (which are the aggregate of all books with the same title and text) editions (which are different publications of the corresponding works)

Open Library
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.[5] Tens of thousands of modern books were made available from four[6] and then 150 libraries and publishers[7] for ebook digital lending. Technical[edit] Open Library
Open Library
began in 2006 with Aaron Swartz
Aaron Swartz
as the original engineer and leader of Open Library's technical team.[2][3] The project was led by George Oates from April 2009 to December 2011.[8] Oates was responsible for a complete site redesign during her tenure.[9] 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.[10] The site uses Infobase, its own database framework based on PostgreSQL, and Infogami, its own Wiki
engine written in Python.[11] The source code to the site is published under the GNU Affero General Public License.[12][13] Books for the blind and dyslexic[edit] The website was relaunched adding ADA compliance
ADA compliance
and offering over 1 million modern and older books to the print disabled in May 2010[14] using the DAISY Digital Talking Book.[15] Under certain provisions of United States copyright law, libraries are sometimes able to reproduce copyrighted works in formats accessible to users with disabilities.[16][17] See also[edit]

Google Book
Search LibraryThing 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


^ "Openlibrary.org Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01.  ^ a b "A library bigger than any building". BBC News. 2007-07-31. Retrieved 2010-07-06.  ^ a b c Grossman, Wendy M (2009-01-22). "Why you can't find a library book in your search engine". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2010-07-06.  ^ "Aaron Swartz: howtoget". Aaronsw.jottit.com. Retrieved 2015-06-05.  ^ "About Us". Openlibrary.org. Retrieved 2015-06-26.  ^ Fowler, Geoffrey A. (2010-06-29). "Libraries Have a Novel Idea - WSJ". Online.wsj.com. Retrieved 2015-06-26.  ^ " Internet Archive
Internet Archive
Forums: In-Library e Book
Lending Program Launched". Archive.org. 2011-02-22. Retrieved 2015-06-26.  ^ "George". Openlibrary.org. Retrieved 2015-06-26.  ^ Oates, George (2010-03-17). "Announcing the Open Library
Open Library
redesign « The Open Library
Open Library
Blog". Blog.openlibrary.org. Retrieved 2015-06-26.  ^ "internetarchive/openlibrary · GitHub". Github.com. Retrieved 2015-06-26.  ^ "About the Technology". Openlibrary.org. Retrieved 2015-06-26.  ^ "Developers / Licensing". Openlibrary.org. Retrieved 2015-06-26.  ^ "openlibrary/LICENSE at master · internetarchive/openlibrary · GitHub". Github.com. Retrieved 2015-06-26.  ^ "Project puts 1M books online for blind, dyslexic UTSanDiego.com". Signonsandiego.com. 2010-05-05. Retrieved 2015-06-26.  ^ "Welcome to Daisy Books for the Print Disabled". Internet Archive. Retrieved 10 December 2012.  ^ "NLS Factsheets: Copyright Law Amendment, 1996: PL 104-197". Library of Congress NLS Factsheets. Library of Congress.  ^ Scheid, Maria. "Copyright and Accessibility". Copyright Corner. The Ohio State University Libraries. 

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