What's this API stuff?
The LibraryThing APIs (Application Programming Interface) give you the ability to write your own programs that tap into a wealth of LibraryThing data. So what's stopping you? Dive in.
It comes in flavors
The LibraryThing APIs come in types ranging from XML-based web services to simple cover image URL requests. Which flavor you use to build your application depends on what you are trying to do and what platform you are using.
LibraryThing API flavors
Covers from LibraryThing
LibraryThing makes all its 1,000,000 member-uploaded covers available.
Basic APIs and Easy Linking
These APIs are basic REST-ful URL transactions. You hit a URL and LibraryThing sends back some data. It doesn't get much easier than that.
Web Services APIs
The LibraryThing Web Services APIs offer a slightly more advanced form of interaction but it's still easy. The format is a simple HTTP GET or POST action. The only hiccup is that you must get an API Key to use the services. We plan to dramatically expand the offerings of the LibraryThing Web Services APIs soon.
In the wild
Are you using the APIs?
If you are using any of the LibraryThing APIs in your application or on your web site we would love to hear about it and link to it.