Open Library

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Open Library
OpenLibrarypage.jpg
Screenshot (September 2011)
URLopenlibrary.org
SloganOne web page for every book.
Commercial?no
Type of siteDigital library index
Registrationfree
Available language(s)English
Created byAaron Swartz
Launched2006 (2006)
Revenuedonation
Alexa rankpositive decrease 11,888 (February 2013)[1]
Current statusActive
 
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Open Library
OpenLibrarypage.jpg
Screenshot (September 2011)
URLopenlibrary.org
SloganOne web page for every book.
Commercial?no
Type of siteDigital library index
Registrationfree
Available language(s)English
Created byAaron Swartz
Launched2006 (2006)
Revenuedonation
Alexa rankpositive decrease 11,888 (February 2013)[1]
Current statusActive

Open Library is an online project intended to create “one web page for every book ever published”. 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 and the Kahle/Austin Foundation.

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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[2] using the DAISY Digital Talking Book. By law libraries are allowed to make copyrighted books available to people with disabilities so newer 'edgier' titles can become available.[3]

Digital lending library

Tens of thousands of modern books were made available from 4[4] and then 150 libraries and publishers[5] for digital lending.

Book database

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:

Open Library claims to have 6 million authors and 20 million books (not works), and about one million Public Domain books are available as digitized books.[6]

Technical

Open Library began in 2006 with Aaron Swartz as the original engineer and leader of Open Library's technical team.[7][8] The project was led by George Oates from April 2009 to December 2011. [9] Oates was responsible for a complete site redesign during her tenure.[10]

The site was redesigned and relaunched in May 2010. Its codebase is on GitHub.[11] The site uses Infobase, its own database framework based on PostgreSQL, and Infogami, its own Wiki engine written in Python.[12] The source code to the site is published under the Affero General Public License, version 3.[13][14]

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