The Library of Alexandria: Web 2.0 Edition

July 16, 2007

What if there was a library which held every book? Not every book on sale, or every important book, or even every book in English, but simply every book—a key part of our planet’s cultural legacy.

Grand in its scale and ambition, the Open Library Project is a spiritual successor to Alexandria’s lost treasure house of knowledge. It differs from similar projects in its inclusivity, with hooks to find a desired book regardless of medium or location, whether it’s a public domain online text, a print book for sale from a choice of booksellers, an item to borrow from a library or a title available as a free download.

The project is in an early stage, but the demo site is operational. Poke around, and tell me what you think!

(via Daring Fireball)

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