Open Source Book Widgets

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List of Existing Open Source Book Widget Software and Projects

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Author: Mike Beccaria


License: GNU General Public License v3

Description: Python software that reads a text file containing ISBN numbers and uses them to query Open Library and Google Book Search for book information from the respective libraries and adds them to a MYSQL database. Also downloads and processes book thumbnail covers.

More information can be found in Mike's article in Code4Lib Journal:

Internet Archive Flipbook

Author: Internet Archive


License: GNU Affero GPL

Description: The Internet Archive Flipbook reader is an online bookreader that can be used standalone or embedded in a webpage. It is designed to work with the books made available through but can also be adapted for use with books in other formats.


Author: Christian Hauschke

Plugin homepage:

License: GNU GPL

Description: The plugin grabs bibliographic data (Dublin Core) the Common Union Catalogue via SRU, adds a search link to GVK via SeeAlso (I currently use isbn2gso) and includes a OpenUrl COinS.

Openbook Wordpress Plugin

Author: John Miedema

Plugin homepage:

License: GNU GPL

Description: OpenBook WordPress Plugin inserts a book cover, title, author, and publisher in WordPress. It links to detailed book information in the data source, Open Library. OpenBook also links to the library record in WorldCat, and inserts COinS so that other applications like Zotero can pick up the book data. OpenBook is useful for book reviewers, book bloggers, library webmasters, anyone who to put book covers and other book data on their WordPress website.

Research Blogging and CrossRef

Author: CrossRef (?)

Plugin homepage:

License: GNU GPL

Description: Look up a reference at [1] and include DOI citation in blog posting.

unAPI Server for WordPress

Author: Mike Giarlo, Peter Binkley

Plugin homepage:

License: GNU GPL

Description: The unAPI Server is a WordPress plug-in implementing the final version of the unAPI specification, "a tiny HTTP API for the few basic operations necessary to copy discrete, identified content from any kind of web application."