The Open Library
The Open Library - a project of the Internet Archive - is an open semantic wiki that aggregates bibliographic metadata from world’s leading libraries and publishers that includes references to electronic book collections, physical libraries and booksellers wich aims "to display a page on the web for every book ever published". Everybody is able to participate and full text of scanned books (e-books) are available when accessible where the bibliographic record has been harvested. To date, the Open Library have gathered about 30 million records (20 million are available through the site now), and more are on the way [...] and you can search millions of book records, narrow results by facet, and search across the full text of 1 million scanned books. Open Library is a project of the non-profit Internet Archive, and is funded in part by a grant from the California State Library. [...] Follow the links below to find out more about participating, or just start browsing around and add some book information: The Internet Archive's catalog is available using the Open Archives Initiative protocol, and in bulk from the Mellon funded OAIster project, which was designed for metadata harvesting. From the Open Library FAQ: How do I search for a particular book on Open Library ? "Searching for a book's title is probably the easiest way. You can do that from any search box on openlibrary.org. Otherwise, use the advanced search to search for things like a particular author, ISBN or full text of a book (if we have access to a scanned version)". How do I search for a particular subject on Open Library ? "Subject headings are searchable from the advanced search page." How can I see all the books by a certain author on Open Library? "You can do an author search via the advanced search page, or, you can simply use this shortcut in the normal search box - "authors:". So, if you want to see all the books we know about by Martin Amis, you could type "authors:(martin amis)" in any search box." Which book classifications system will you use? Dewey? LC? Tags? "All of the above. We want to have as much classifying information as possible, so that people and libraries can use whichever mechanisms they like." How is the Open Library different from Project Gutenberg? "Project Gutenberg provides text files of a select number of out-of-copyright books. Our goal is to list every book -- whether in-print or out-of-print, available at a bookstore or a library, scanned or typed in as text. We provide pointers to Gutenberg texts as well as Internet Archive scans as well as Amazon downloads or library borrowing." Have you heard of WorldCat ? Have you talked to OCLC ? "The Open Library is an open source project of the Internet Archive, and has lots of helpers that do not work for and are not directed by the Internet Archive. The Internet Archive has been working to provide resources, such as databases, to the OpenLibrary project. A major difference between OCLC and the Open Library is that OCLC is building a catalog to share among libraries, while Open Library is building a catalog to share with the public, with the hope that this will get more people involved in using libraries. The Internet Archive had a longstanding deal with the Research Libraries Group (RLG) to make RLG digitized book records (as well as other Internet Archive records) available for free with no restrictions.

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