What if there was a library which held every book? Not every book on sale, or every important book, or even every book in English, but simply every book—a key part of our planet’s cultural legacy.
… The site would be like Wikipedia—a public resource that anyone in any country could access and that others could rework into different formats.
…It would take catalog entries from every library and publisher and random Internet user who is willing to donate them. It would link to places where each book could be bought, borrowed, or downloaded. It would collect reviews and references and discussions and every other piece of data about the book it could get its hands on.
… But most importantly, such a library must be fully open. … a product of the people: letting them create and curate its catalog, contribute to its content, participate in its governance, and have full, free access to its data.
—Aaron Swartz and the Open Library team, 16 July 2007
Looking forward to it…