New Archive Book Reader

We’ve got a new release of our book reader, which we’ve been working on for the past few months.

In addition to a new theme and user interface, the reader has the following special features:

  • the reader includes unique (and simple to understand) URLs for each page, which update as you move through a book. These URLs can be used in citations and bookmarks, making it easier and more legible when referring to a particular page of a book.
  • books can be viewed in one or two-page mode.
  • in one-page mode, images can be zoomed up to 100% of the original scans. Because the Internet Archive scans are in color, this is an especially nice feature with illustrated books.
  • it has the capability of accommodating books that read right-to-left, such as those books in our Yiddish collection.
  • the reader is supported by all browsers (but IE 6).
  • there is an auto-play feature, so that you can set the pages to turn automatically.
  • As always, the reader is open source. If you have suggestions or bug reports, please add them to the book reader’s launchpad page so the engineers will see and prioritize them.

To test the reader, go to the book’s details page and, in the “View the Book” box, click on the “Read online” link or the animated gif.

Work on the book reader has been done primarily by Michael Ang and Raj Kumar with funding from the Sloan Foundation and the Library of Congress. Icons by Jeffrey Ventrella. We will be developing new features in the future.

If you have comments or questions, please share them with us below.

–brewster

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  4. David Erwin Says:

    For a group making such a stink about Google, you sure have a poorly designed web page.

    Where is the “Download” link to your book reader software?

    Where is the link to your books?

    With such a sloppy design, one hopes that you lose this settlement, or the possibility of online books will be lost in bad web design.

    So far, Google has had a much, much better design for accessing their content.

  5. Robert Says:

    I will install this book reader software and use it to browse the individual book page on the Internet Archive site.

  6. billy Says:

    I’d love to have it on my blog site in order to display books i create with out of copyright poetry but i have no idea how to go about making it happen.

    a few instructions would be of great help.

    i think it’s a brilliant reader.

  7. leo Says:

    cool soft and easy to use. well navigated. Looking for more tools.

  8. Justin Flower Says:

    That’s simply awsome!

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