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Open Library gets even more open
Created in 2006 by a team led by Aaron Swartz and Brewster Kahle, Open Library is an Internet Archive project developed to present one web page for every book ever published. This wiki approach to a catalog encourages new information as well as corrections from the user community.
Recent enhancements allow for even more openness.
A little while back I mentioned Google’s Talk to Books search. Open Library now also offers a full-text search of its collection of Internet Archive’s more than 4 million books. Simply select text from the pull-down menu to locate text within a title. You can also go directly to Search Inside. This is wonderful for locating quotes and it is also nice to locate combination of terms within texts. And the search extends beyond books other types of documents–patents, yearbooks and open-access research papers.
Here’s what the new full-text search looks like. (I am not exactly sure how results are organized and there does not appear to be a way to sort them.) For more information, check out the July 14th Open Library Blog post, Search full-text within 4M+ books,
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Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza
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