Publisher Pearson recently launched its new API program with three of its top titles. The new platform provides a common set of tools that developers have grown accustomed to: documentation, sample code, app showcase, blog, forum and FAQs, for example. Pearson has a lot of content to pick from with its core offerings, as well as its numerous partners, and they decided to start by launching three very different content APIs: FT Press API, Longman Dictionary API and Eyewitness Guide to London API.
The company calls this collection of APIs the Pearson Plug & Play Platform:
- DK’s Eyewitness Guide to London API: Access to information about hotels, restaurants, bars and shops in London, plus insider tips on everything from where to find the best markets, traditional pubs, and attractions just for children. All content is entirely geocoded, including being tagged to include details such as address, phone number, opening times, website, and transport information.
- Financial Times (FT) Press API: API access to over 500 articles on business, management, marketing and science from award-winning authors and leading business thinkers.
- Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English API: The Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English was recently voted one of the best English dictionaries by iPhone users. The API provides the most up-to-date dictionary of the English language aimed at non-native speakers of English, and includes over 300,000 words, phrases and meanings, as well as the 3000 most frequent words in spoken and written English and 147,000 collocations which show which words are frequently used together.
The Pearson Plug & Play developer platform provides free, self-service access to these APIs via a sandbox. It requires developers to apply separately for a production key with both free and paid plans. The business, travel and dictionary APIs may seem like pretty standard offerings, but for a publishing giant like Pearson, these act as potential models of how the company can monetize its huge archive of content, while still retaining the control needed to keep them as the leading learning content publishing company.