I've played around with OPDS with some personal projects. It's built into
the excellent consumer eBook catalog software Calibre, and there's a
project called Calibre2ODPS i fiddled with to generate the HTML for my
BookBox project back in 2011.
There is a fair amount of support out there on the consumer end, like the
Marvin ebook reader on IOS, FBreader on Android, etc.
I think it fits more with integrated models where you distribute a reader
application with the catalog baked in. Like RSS feeds, it's a little
difficult to get the concept across to academics sometimes (or maybe it's
just my academics :) ).
Here's a list of public ODPS feeds http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/OPDS
I think Project Gutenberg and a few others have ODPS feeds. It's talked
about (in the context of Calibre) a fair amount on the MobileRead forums.
On Thu, Feb 6, 2014 at 1:06 AM, Bigwood, David <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
> I recently became aware of Open Publication Distribution System (OPDS)
> Catalog format, a syndication format for e-pubs based on Atom & HTTP. It is
> something like an RSS feed for e-books. People are using it to find and
> acquire books. It sounds like a natural fit for library digitization
> projects. An easy way for folks to know what's new and grab a copy if they
> So is anyone using this? Is it built into Omeka, Greenstone, DSpace or any
> of our tools? If you do use it do you have separate feeds for different
> projects. Say, one for dissertations, another for the local history project
> and another for books by state authors. Or do you have just one large feed?
> Is it being used by the DPLA or Internet Archive? How's it working for you?
> We have plenty of documents we have scanned as well as our own
> publications. Might this be a good way to make them more discoverable? Or
> is this just a tool no one is using?
> David Bigwood
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