BookServer: A Web of Books

I’m thrilled to be at the Internet Archive’s “Making Books Apparent” event today in San Francisco, where they’re debuting the new BookServer architecture.

As the audience for digital books grows, we can evolve from an environment of single devices connected to single sources into a distributed system where readers can find books from sources across the Web to read on whatever device they have. Publishers are creating digital versions of their popular books, and the library community is creating digital archives of their printed collections. BookServer is an open system to find, buy, or borrow these books, just like we use an open system to find Web sites.

We were early participants in the conversations that led to today’s launch, and look forward to seeing this standard gain further adoption to support a rich digital book discovery, lending, and commerce marketplace on the Web (especially the mobile web).

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