HarperCollins Debuts OpenBook API Beta

Curtis C. Chen, April 9th, 2012

HarperCollins Open BookBig news for bookworms: HarperCollins, one of the “Big Six” New York publishers, has launched its OpenBook API Beta (not to be confused with the “Openbook” Facebook parody site), giving developers access to a wealth of data about their books and authors.

Bookboon Offers Free Textbooks Via Facebook API

Robert Egert, March 19th, 2012

While there’s lots of coverage to the impact of electronic distribution to the world of mainstream book publishing, Bookboon has been quietly transforming the world of textbook publishing. Bookboon uses a self-developed API to deliver their electronic books to Facebook users via their custom Facebook app. Additionally, they use the same API to make their titles available to partner bookstores, allowing resellers to integrate the Bookboon product line into a general catalog of available titles.

Readmill Creates a Social Platform for eReaders

Robert Egert, March 9th, 2012

ReadmillBerlin start-up Readmill, is providing a platform for eBooks that connects readers regardless of what platform they are using. Readmill’s core offering is a free bookreader that competes head to head with Amazon’s and Apple’s offerings. Unlike other eReaders, Readmill is based on a device-neutral, API-driven platform that integrates social recommendations, annotations and geolocation services.

Pearson Provides Its Travel, Financial and Dictionary Content as APIs

Kin Lane, August 17th, 2011

FT PressPublisher 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.

Keep Track Of What You’ve Read With I’vRead

Allen Tipper, July 28th, 2011

I'vReadI’vRead is a service for keeping track of what books you’ve read. Seems simple, but it can be rather useful for those of us obsessed with reading like myself. Its web site offers the service for free, and using it is already pretty simple. There isn’t even another account to register for. All a user needs to do is add a specific tag, @ivread, to a Twitter post mentioning the book. It allows for some basic searches of the data on their website, but the I’vRead API is where the service really shines.

Luzme Opens Up its eBook Pricing and Availability API

Phil Leggetter, May 16th, 2011

LuzmeThe eBook market is publishing’s fastest growing sector with an ever increasing list of reading devices ranging from Amazon’s Kindle, Apple’s iPad, a standard Mac or PC or any number of smaller mobile devices or tablet alternatives capable of viewing documents in a number of formats. Getting good data about eBook availability, format and pricing is hard; Luzme and its Luzme API make it easy.

Library Uses The New York Times API to Let You Find Most Popular Books

Adam DuVander, November 17th, 2009

New York Times Best SellersIt’s always exciting to see those outside the web industry using an API to improve their sites. NY Times First Look blog has a great example of what Dallas Public Library has done with the Best Sellers API.

Mashup Patterns: Clipping Mashups

Michael Ogrinz, February 11th, 2009

Most mashups rely on some type of API that’s freely provided by a public web site. ProgrammableWeb tracks thousands of these resources across dozens of categories. Generally, these interfaces are SOAP or REST-based, but they may also work in cooperation with other open formats like RSS or Atom. In an enterprise setting, mashups have a more diverse set of protocols to potentially leverage including JDBC/ADO.NET (databases), SMTP/IMAP (email), and SNMP (network monitoring). Unless you are building a data mashup, one of the participants API’s is usually focused on visually representing the data. It could be the classic Google Maps API, or perhaps some type of charting (Google Charts is a great resource).

Reading Radar: Mashing Up the New York Times and Amazon.com

Andres Ferrate, February 6th, 2009

New York Times Best SellersLast week we reported on the release of another API by The New York Times: the Times Bestseller’s API. Well it didn’t take long for the API to make its way into a neat book recommendation engine called Reading Radar.

The New York Times Releases Best Sellers API

Andres Ferrate, January 28th, 2009

New York Times Best SellersLast month The New York Times released its own map mashup: Represent. This month the major media player has released a Best Sellers API, which provides developers with access to best sellers lists from several categories (view our new Times Best Sellers API profile).

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