8 Top eBooks APIs

Digital Transformation is impacting all parts of entertainment. Streaming TV is now almost as popular as cable TV, digital music outsells analog CDs or vinyl records, online news subscriptions are slowly replacing print newspapers, and eBooks are just as popular as paper books. Although nothing feels as great as a paper book in one's hands, eBooks have some great advantages.

First, there are plenty of online services for self-publishing and distributing eBooks, which opens up the publishing world to new authors, academics and scientific journal which would have remained undiscovered ten years ago. Also, eBooks offer interactive features, search-ability, ease of publishing, instant audio and font-sizing features for vision impaired persons, instantaneous delivery, portability, language translation features, lower prices, and they are paperless, thus more sustainable than their print counterparts.

Developers wishing to create eBooks applications or enhance applications with data about eBooks need suitable eBooks APIs.

What is an eBooks API?

An eBooks API in an Application Programming Interface that enables developers to programmatically interact with eBooks and eBooks data to enhance or create applications.

The best place to find these APIs is in the eBooks category of the ProgrammableWeb API directory. In this article, we highlight the eight most popular APIs in that category, as determined by web page visits.

1. IT Bookstore

The IT Bookstore APITrack this API enables users to search the IT Bookstore database for available books. IT Bookstore is a California-based IT, Programming, and Computer Science bookseller.

2. Wattpad

Wattpad is an application for web, mobile, and tablets that allows users to create and share stories. Wattpad also allows users to read stories and interact with the authors within the application. The Wattpad APITrack this API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Wattpad with other applications. API methods include retrieving and managing story lists, retrieving story character information, managing users, retrieving languages and retrieving story categories.

Wattpad API

Screenshot: Wattpad

3. Overdrive

OverDrive is a digital media Platform for retailers, libraries, and users. OverDrive offers features for users to access digital media content, such as eBooks from retailers and libraries, on various devices and applications. The OverDrive APITrack this API allows developers to create Overdrive functions in applications for searching digital media, managing user accounts, and managing digital media content.

4. IT eBooks API

IT eBooks provides online access to computer science and programming books, which can be downloaded free of charge. The IT eBooks APITrack this API allows users to search for available books and retrieve book details. Details provided by the API include the book's title, subtitle, description, author, ISBN, number of pages, publication year, publisher, image URL, and download URL.

5. Bookboon API

Bookboon is a service for downloading free eBooks and textbooks. The Bookboon APITrack this API makes Bookboon eBooks available to 3rd parties that want to have them integrated into their own applications. The API provides tools for categorizing, browsing, and searching.

6. CloudPublish API

CloudPublish is an eBook and eJournal publishing and delivery service. The CloudPublish REST APITrack this API is used to build book listings and complex eCommerce book stores. The API returns book catalog information in JSON format including subjects data, citations, contributors, and detailed book information such as table of contents and chapter data.

7. Submittable API

Submittable is an online submission platform used by publishers and organizations. It is useful for writers, filmmakers, musicians, artists and entrepreneurs and provides submission or application process for literary content, contests, academic applications, grants & funds, higher education applications and more. The Submittable REST APITrack this API lets users access their submission and organization data and allows users to start accepting text, audio, video, image, or link submissions. It returns submissions, categories, submitters, organization, staff and payments.

8. Bookalope API

Bookalope can structure, clean, and convert manuscripts into eBooks for Nook, iPad, or Kindle into PDF print books, or other formats, for editing and design. The Bookalope APITrack this API allows developers to integrate manuscript analysis and conversion into applications.

This graphic describes how Bookalope's book conversion works

This graphic describes how Bookalope's book conversion works. Image: Bookalope

Find more APIs, plus SDKs and other resources in the eBooks category.

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