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O'Reilly's "Mining the Social Web" a Stand-Out Resource for Social Developers

For the developer seeking to experiment efficiently with social APIs, O'Reilly's 2nd Edition of "Mining the Social Web" is a truly outstanding resource. Author Matthew A. Russell drops the developer right into the sandbox of each social network (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+ are particularly emphasized, as you would expect) with just the right amount of explanation about what's accessible via each dataset, and then clears out all the obstacles so they can start data mining against very clear examples.

Leanpub API: Bringing Agile Development to Writers

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.

WhatsOnMyBookshelf API: Making Your Used Books Go Further

WhatsOnMyBookshelf is an online book trading application that makes it possible for users to exchange books using a simple point system. For avid readers who have rapidly growing collections of books they've already read, this is a clever little app to help them get their hands on new reads without having to spend any actual cash. WhatsOnMyBookshelf also provides the WhatsOnMyBookshelf API that provides access to this functionality.

Printzel API: Creating Stylish Photo Books Goes Mobile

For snap-happy smartphone and tablet users, having somewhere to store their treasured pics is probably very appealing. Photo books have been a trendy favourite for a while now, and Printzel is an app-powered platform that allows users to create their own printed photo books directly from their mobile and tablet devices. The company also provides the Printzel API that now makes it possible for developers to offer printed books from their own applications.

Easily Create eBooks from Web and Blog Content with Ebook Glue

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.

Wattpad API: A Social Platform For Storytellers

In a similar way that SoundCloud provides a creative and social outlet for aspiring and established musicians, so Wattpad provides an exciting tool that connects talented writers with a community of keen readers. It's an application created for web and mobile, facilitating a world-wide community that shares and discovers stories in an online, social environment. Wattpad's API opens up further possibilities, providing developers with access to this functionality and allowing them to integrate it with other applications or create new ones.

From Printing Press to API: Book Publishers' Revolutionary Tools

Before 1500, monks spent their lives copying the Bible by hand. That method was replaced by printing presses for the next 500 years. Today, ebooks are set to end the practice of pulping trees and smearing them with ink. In all this change the direction of information access has been constant for half a millennium: faster and faster, easier and easier. The next revolution for publishers is APIs for books.

The Sermon Browser API Joins 14 Other Bible APIs

The ProgrammableWeb API directory now includes 15 Bible APIs. With the majority of these APIs offering a verse lookup service, it is clear that developers have many options for retrieving this content. The Sermon Browser API is our latest addition to the directory and strives to offer an expansive collection of versions and languages of Bible text.

Write Away, Right Away! NaNoWriMo Writers Finally Get Their API

Sara Gruen did it. Erin Morgenstern did it. So did Kelley Armstrong. And so have hundreds of thousands of other men and women around the world. They attempted to write 50,000 words of a novel in 30 days.If you were going to join NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writer's Month) and participate (better hurry: starts November 1), what would be your most important tool? A computer? A pencil and paper? A cup of coffee? None hold up against that most direly needed tool...NaNoWriMo's word count API.

Why Amazon Needs a Kindle API--and Will Never Have One

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.