Retrieving and manipulating Archive.org Book Page Images

What happens when you GET a Book Page?

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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:

https://ia800503.us.archive.org/BookReader/BookReaderImages.php?id=platowithenglish04platuoft&itemPath=%2F26%2Fitems%2Fplatowithenglish04platuoft&server=ia800503.us.archive.org&page=page_1.jpg.

Manipulating Book Page Images

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.

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