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Google recently released a book viewability API that provides links to books in Google Book Search using ISBNs, LCCNs, and OCLC numbers. Basically (without going into a bunch of code stuff that I don’t really understand), this API allows other organizations to link to books that Google has scanned (and will scan) based on data that is pushed/pulled automatically back and forth between the requesting site and Google.

[BTW... You now know the ugly truth: I am not a programmer; see “code stuff” and “pushed/pulled” above]

The upshot of all this, though, is that sites like can provide a link back to Google Books. Sometimes that will mean the full text of the book, sometimes not. For example, Cory Doctorow’s great novel, “Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom,” is available in full. So the page for that book shows a link under “Get it” to “View Item Online (Google Books).” This takes you to the Google Books page for that work and the full text.

It’s not just a one-way street, though. If you find a book in Google Book Search, you can often follow a link for it back to local libraries through So, suppose you locate the Google Book page for "The Future of Freedom" by Fareed Zakaria. You'll find that the entry for this work is a limited preview. But you'll also find a link under the "Buy this Book" choices to "Find this book in a library," which (you guessed it), takes you back to the page for it.

Fun stuff.