January 17, 2022

Full Text Search: The Open Library Now Allows Users to “Search Inside” More than 4 Million Books

The Open Library is an Internet Archive initiative.

From an Open Library Blog Post:

2018-07-14_09-38-58One feature which Open Library has been missing is a way to limit Internet Archive’s full-text search to only include results from books on Open Library. So for the last two years, Open Library has patiently waited to take full advantage of full-text search for its users.

Earlier this week, Gio [Damiola (@giovannidamiola] released an improvement to our full-text search engine which lets us get around this historical limitation — and so we jumped on this opportunity to improve our search on openlibrary.org!

Learn More, Read the Complete Blog Post


Direct to Open Library

Direct to Open Library “Search Inside” Interface

See Also: Searching Through Everything (Full Text Search on Archive.org; October 26, 2016)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.