OPENLIBRARY is a simple wrapper for the Openlibrary REST-API.
For more information on the REST calls, you can view the api documentation at [here](openlibrary.org/developers/api).
The gem is tested against Ruby 1.9.2 and runs smoothly with Rails 3.
gem install openlibrary
or in your Gemfile:
You can retrieve a book's Openlibrary listing information.
# just require require 'openlibrary'
Initiate your search
# create a class proxy view = Openlibrary::View # lookup an item with the ISBN-10 or ISBN-13 book_view = view.find_by_isbn("0451526538")
or you can use the other built-in finder methods:
find_by_lccn # Library of congress catalog number find_by_oclc # Worldcat Control Number find_by_olid # Openlibrary ID
Extract the book information:
# have a look at the book's info URL on Openlibrary.org book_view.info_url # or grab the URL of the book's thumbnail as shown on Openlibrary.org book_view.thumbnail_url
You can also retrieve a book's full metadata details.
# create a class proxy details = Openlibrary::Data # lookup an item with the ISBN-10 or ISBN-13 book_details = details.find_by_isbn("0451526538") # have a look at the book's title book_details.title # or an array of authors book_view.authors