Bookshare Developer Blog

Latest Enhancements

We've been hard at work listening to your suggestions and enhancing our API over the last few months.

  • As requested by ATPC, we've enhanced our book search results to include publisher and ISBN information. We also added brief synopsis to the book search results. We feel that this will be a big win for your users as this should reduce the need for them to make indivual book metadata calls based on search results to get this information. These new fields are documented here.
  • Another big feature we've introduced, as requested by both LevelStar and Internet Archive, is the introduction of JSON as a possible format for our API responses. The ability to return JSON is documented  here.

Another exciting feature is the ability to test out the API in realtiime without having to write a single line of code. You will need an API key and you can try this out here.

Finally, we'd like to leave you with a performance tip. In our experience, most users want to do a title/author search when they enter a search keyword, and this can be accomplished by making the default search call to /book/search/ . The default search call is three time faster than the full text search call , so we'd suggest only making the full text search call when the user really intends to search the entire contents of the book.

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