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The new Leanpub API helps authors publish their own work in ebook format and provides instant access to sales data. Leanpub is an online marketplace that enables writer’s to sell their ebooks in a variety of formats. Writers receive a 90% royalty (minus 50 cents) off each sale and are not prohibited from simulataneously selling their book on other marketplaces like Amazon. Unique to LeanPub, writers – particularly for computer programming books – are encouraged to publish works-in-progress and pivot their text based on reader feedback until they create a viable book product. To do this, Leanpub provides an editing language and self-publishing workflow that allows writers to submit their work and convert the material into several formats including PDF, EPUB and Kindle. The Leanpub API allows authors to manage their workflow direct from their preferred editor.
Ebook Glue creates simple publishing tools that ease the process of readying content for electronic reading devices. Its flagship product, the Ebook Glue API, constitutes a straightforward tool that converts content to an ebook that its easily read on an ereader (iPad, Kindle, Nook, iPhone, Android device, etc.). As long as the content can be sent over HTTP, Ebook Glue can convert content to an ebook.
Online bookseller Erapublications has an API for its in2Era web service for selling ebooks through online distributors. According to its documentation, this RESTful API, which requires an authentication key, integrates its catalog onto your site. Distributors get a cut of the sales.
Flexpaper is an open source document viewer--and it is beautiful. The Flexpaper API lets you incorporate your publications into other applications. Flexpaper works on virtually any device and is, no surprise here, flexible. It can display in HTML, HTML5, Adobe Flash or any combination of these.
Earlier this month, ProgrammableWeb reported on the launch of the SOA Software Open, a free API management and developer platform created by SOA Software.
If the age-old proverb about not judging a book by its cover is true, should you also not judge an e-book by its e-reader, whether it's a Kindle, Nook, iDevice, or something else? If Texas-based BookShout has anything to say about it, you'll one day be able to use their platform to read any e-book content on any device, regardless of where you bought it. But the technology is still immature, and Amazon and other e-book retailers may continue to make things difficult for such content aggregators.
While there’s lots of coverage to the impact of electronic distribution to the world of mainstream book publishing, Bookboon has been quietly transforming the world of textbook publishing. Bookboon uses a self-developed API to deliver their electronic books to Facebook users via their custom Facebook app. Additionally, they use the same API to make their titles available to partner bookstores, allowing resellers to integrate the Bookboon product line into a general catalog of available titles.
Berlin start-up Readmill, is providing a platform for eBooks that connects readers regardless of what platform they are using. Readmill's core offering is a free bookreader that competes head to head with Amazon’s and Apple’s offerings. Unlike other eReaders, Readmill is based on a device-neutral, API-driven platform that integrates social recommendations, annotations and geolocation services.
The eBook market is publishing's fastest growing sector with an ever increasing list of reading devices ranging from Amazon’s Kindle, Apple’s iPad, a standard Mac or PC or any number of smaller mobile devices or tablet alternatives capable of viewing documents in a number of formats. Getting good data about eBook availability, format and pricing is hard; Luzme and its Luzme API make it easy.