Caution: API Causes Redirect
Make sure when using this book image API in development that your request mechanisms are configured to follow redirects as the above call will trigger a url redirect from the canonical /download path to the server on which the actual book page resides on disk.
When a you issue the above HTTP GET request to retrieve a specific book page image, e.g. https://archive.org/download/theworksofplato01platiala/page/page_1.jpg, the url will resolve to a cryptic url which looks something like this:
The IA Book Reader has the capability to manipulate images in several ways, including rotate pages and cropping regions of an image.
For more information about these APIs see:
For advanced image manipulation of Archive.org images and Book Pages, see the Archive Labs experimental IIIF API.