Winning in the API Economy: New Guide Launched at API Strategy and Practice

Mark Boyd, October 23rd, 2013

To coincide with the start of the API Strategy and Practice Conference today, API management platform 3scale has released a new ebook targeting business leaders looking to understand the commercial advantage of an API business strategy. The ebook, Winning in the API Economy discusses how software is becoming central to any enterprise’s business processes, resulting in the need for API integration to play a major role when mapping out efficiencies and productivity gains for any business workflow or for the entry into new markets.

WhatsOnMyBookshelf API: Making Your Used Books Go Further

Candice McMillan, May 9th, 2013

WhatsOnMyBookshelfWhatsOnMyBookshelf is an online book trading application that makes it possible for users to exchange books using a simple point system. For avid readers who have rapidly growing collections of books they’ve already read, this is a clever little app to help them get their hands on new reads without having to spend any actual cash. WhatsOnMyBookshelf also provides the WhatsOnMyBookshelf API that provides access to this functionality.

Printzel API: Creating Stylish Photo Books Goes Mobile

Candice McMillan, May 1st, 2013

PrintzelFor snap-happy smartphone and tablet users, having somewhere to store their treasured pics is probably very appealing. Photo books have been a trendy favourite for a while now, and Printzel is an app-powered platform that allows users to create their own printed photo books directly from their mobile and tablet devices. The company also provides the Printzel API that now makes it possible for developers to offer printed books from their own applications.

Easily Create eBooks from Web and Blog Content with Ebook Glue

Eric Carter, April 24th, 2013

Ebook GlueEbook Glue creates simple publishing tools that ease the process of readying content for electronic reading devices. Its flagship product, the Ebook Glue API, constitutes a straightforward tool that converts content to an ebook that its easily read on an ereader (iPad, Kindle, Nook, iPhone, Android device, etc.).  As long as the content can be sent over HTTP, Ebook Glue can convert content to an ebook.

From Printing Press to API: Book Publishers’ Revolutionary Tools

Greg Bates, March 11th, 2013

WordnikBefore 1500, monks spent their lives copying the Bible by hand. That method was replaced by printing presses for the next 500 years. Today, ebooks are set to end the practice of pulping trees and smearing them with ink. In all this change the direction of information access has been constant for half a millennium: faster and faster, easier and easier. The next revolution for publishers is APIs for books.

iDreamBooks API Gives Developers Access to Crowdsourced Book Reviews

Eric Carter, February 12th, 2013

iDreamBooksiDreamBooks, book review aggregator, deems itself the “ for books.” iDreamBooks searches reviews across media outlets and compiles the data to a single, comprehensive repository of review. iDreamBooks offers developers access to the reviews through the iDreamBooks API.

Flexpaper Publishing API: Because Beauty is in the Eye of the…Viewer

Greg Bates, December 24th, 2012

FlexPaperFlexpaper is an open source document viewer–and it is beautiful. The Flexpaper API lets you incorporate your publications into other applications. Flexpaper works on virtually any device and is, no surprise here, flexible. It can display in HTML, HTML5, Adobe Flash or any combination of these.

The Sermon Browser API Joins 14 Other Bible APIs

Kevin Sundstrom, November 12th, 2012

Sermon BrowserThe ProgrammableWeb API directory now includes 15 Bible APIs. With the majority of these APIs offering a verse lookup service, it is clear that developers have many options for retrieving this content. The Sermon Browser API is our latest addition to the directory and strives to offer an expansive collection of versions and languages of Bible text.

Write Away, Right Away! NaNoWriMo Writers Finally Get Their API

Greg Bates, October 23rd, 2012

NaNoWriMo Word CountSara Gruen did it. Erin Morgenstern did it. So did Kelley Armstrong. And so have hundreds of thousands of other men and women around the world. They attempted to write 50,000 words of a novel in 30 days.If you were going to join NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writer’s Month) and participate (better hurry: starts November 1), what would be your most important tool? A computer? A pencil and paper? A cup of coffee? None hold up against that most direly needed tool…NaNoWriMo’s word count API.

Why Amazon Needs a Kindle API–and Will Never Have One

Curtis C. Chen, October 11th, 2012

If the age-old proverb about not judging a book by its cover is true, should you also not judge an e-book by its e-reader, whether it’s a Kindle, Nook, iDevice, or something else? If Texas-based BookShout has anything to say about it, you’ll one day be able to use their platform to read any e-book content on any device, regardless of where you bought it. But the technology is still immature, and Amazon and other e-book retailers may continue to make things difficult for such content aggregators.

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