Google or Syndetics?

March 18, 2008 at 3:26 am Leave a comment

Sarah Houghton-Jan, the Librarian in Black has posted about Google Book Search API: LibraryThing and libraries grab it right up.

Google has released a new API that allows easy linking into any of the books included in Google Book Search. It’s called “the Books Viewability API” and lets you more easily embed links to books on your own website. As an example, Google pointed to the Deschutes Public Library that uses “preview this book at Google” links in their catalog (here’s an example). Tim at LibraryThing used the API immediately to fold Google Book Search content into LibraryThing results and has also released code that lets you fold Google book covers into your catalog too. Ooooh, sweet open goodness.

Does this mean that our library can use this feature instead of subscribing to Syndetics?

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