A recent Wired Campus article from the Chronicle of Higher Education provides an update on Open Library, a massive project to create and maintain a public access information clearinghouse on ALL the world’s books. The project is being developed by the Internet Archive’s Open Content Alliance. The alliance “aims to build a universally accessible and publicly editable directory of all books” – a wiki site that will integrate: publisher and library catalogs, reader reviews, and links to retailers. As far as the page layout design of full-view books, members of the Open Content Alliance feel they have Google Book Search beat – their custom-built book viewer tool simulates flipping through book pages.
The official site won’t be available till October but you can view their demo site. Let us know what you think. Is it a project that is worthy of investing time and money in or is it too ambitious a project?