Google Opens Book Search with API

Google Book Search has released a Viewability API that lets organizations embed book images, previews and links to Google Book Search results within their own Web sites.

A search result from the Deschutes Public Library in Oregon illustrates one potential use for the API: offering a “preview this book at Google” link within a book’s library record.

Google Book Search API Example

Clicking the link brings up the book’s Google Book Search result, which allows the reader to scan pages and dig deeper into book content.

Google Book Search result example

(Links via Peter Brantley’s read20 listserv.)

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