New Google Books API
Written by Sue Gee   
Friday, 13 May 2011

With so many announcements coming out of Google I/O 2011, the new Google Books API was one we initially missed but provides lots of opportunities for bibliophiles.

Now available for download Google's new Books API will help you write applications to query for the more than 15 million books that are searchable on books.google.com including book metadata, pricing and more.

 

It replaces the Google Book Search Data and Javascript APIs, which will continue to be available, but already has new features and will be the API that Google will is focusing on for the future. 

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Its additional capabilities are:

  • Integration with the Google APIs Console
  • Library support for multiple programming languages
  • OAuth 2.0 support

Using OAuth 2.0, a developer can allow users to retrieve their stored information, including bookshelves in their library, ratings and reviews. The new JSON structure makes accessing this information easier. The API can be used on a web page, in a Chrome extension, or on a device to access the selection of ebooks in the Google Books collection.

 

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