The APIs in the Google Books API Family let you bring Google Books features to your site or application. The new Google Books API lets you perform programmatically most of the operations that you can do interactively on the Google Books website. The Embedded Viewer API lets you embed the content directly into your site.
At Google, we're constantly striving to make information available to as many people as possible, and our APIs were designed with that goal in mind. However, we license much of the data that we use to power Google Books, so it's not ours to distribute however we choose.
The API is not intended to be used as a replacement for commercial services. These services are valuable and Google also relies upon them to build our own APIs for the general public.
The Google Terms of Service for use of the APIs is available at https://developer.google.com/books/terms.html. We will suspend a user's access to the APIs if a user violates the Terms of Service and does not take action to remedy the violation after notice of violation by Google.
Books API v1 (Experimental)
The new Google Books API v1 gives you programmatic access to many of the operations available on Google Books website. You can use it to create powerful applications that provide deeper integration with Google Books. Some of the main features that the API provides are:
- search and browse through the list of books that match a given query.
- view information about a book, including metadata, availability and price, links to the preview page.
- manage your own bookshelves.
A good first step in learning about the API is the Getting Started page. It explains the basic concepts that the API uses and describes the basic interaction principles that the API follows. A comprehensive description of all the operations supported by the API is given in the Using the API page.
Embedded Viewer API