Publisher Pearson recently launched its new API program with three of its top titles. The new platform provides a common set of tools that developers have grown accustomed to: documentation, sample code, app showcase, blog, forum and FAQs, for example. Pearson has a lot of content to pick from with its core offerings, as well as its numerous partners, and they decided to start by launching three very different content APIs: FT Press API, Longman Dictionary API and Eyewitness Guide to London API.
The company calls this collection of APIs the Pearson Plug & Play Platform:
The Pearson Plug & Play developer platform provides free, self-service access to these APIs via a sandbox. It requires developers to apply separately for a production key with both free and paid plans. The business, travel and dictionary APIs may seem like pretty standard offerings, but for a publishing giant like Pearson, these act as potential models of how the company can monetize its huge archive of content, while still retaining the control needed to keep them as the leading learning content publishing company.