OpenLibrary.org: “Every Book Ever Published”

I knew that would get your attention.

Internet Archive, a site I use regularly for researching public domain books, just announced their newest project: OpenLibrary.org. Here’s the site’s description:

One web page for every book ever published. It’s a lofty, but achievable, goal.

To build it, we need hundreds of millions of book records, a brand new database infrastructure for handling huge amounts of dynamic information, a wiki interface, multi-language support, and people who are willing to contribute their time, effort, and book data.

To date, we have gathered about 30 million records (20 million are available through the site now), and more are on the way. We have built the database infrastructure and the wiki interface, and you can search millions of book records, narrow results by facet, and search across the full text of 1 million scanned books.

According to the homepage, the current numbers are 22,845,290 book entries and 1,064,822 books with full text.

I’m impressed by the site, and I look forward to seeing how it does. The good news for Zotero users like me is that it does appear to have decent (though not perfect) Zotero support, allowing you to grab and import lots of books at a time.

Other online book sites you might find useful include:

Other helpful book sites that don’t have text available include:

What are your favorite sites for researching books?

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6 Responses to OpenLibrary.org: “Every Book Ever Published”

  1. Chris Dattilo April 3, 2009 at 1:25 pm #

    What a wonderful collection. Thanks for putting this all together. I hope someday all this can be downloaded to the Kindle. Reading on a computer screen is the only problem.

    Imagine if all this could be downloaded, annotated, clipped and saved in snippets.

    Thanks for a great post.

  2. Maria June 17, 2009 at 5:52 am #

    Thanks for all these links. Goodreads.com is also a good book site with some e-books added.

  3. Corbinian June 23, 2009 at 10:48 pm #

    Have you checked out mendeley? I use it all the time, it organises all your pdfs, is a bibliography manager, sorts out all the meta-data and also hosts a researcher network where you can collaborate with other researchers.

    http://www.mendeley.com

  4. Phil Gons June 24, 2009 at 6:09 am #

    I have not. Thanks for the tip. Any idea how it compares to a tool like Zotero?

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