Last modified: 2014-06-23 13:41:26 UTC
Special:Booksources is one of the most popular Special pages, since all of the ISBNs referenced in articles are linking to it. It currently provides a useful list of web links pointing to libraries, book shops (new and used).
There are several ways to improve it:
1. Show bibliographic records for a given ISBN. Some of them can be captured by web services (for example from http://www.amazon.com/gp/browse.html?node=3435361). One might want to use free sources, which might be possible in the future thanks to openlibary.
2. Instead of showing a dumb list, it might be useful to already indicate whether the book is in stock there.
Wikipedian Jakob Voss has started to build a service called "Sieheauch".
3. Show which sites at that Wiki (here: Wikipedia) are mentioning the ISBN:
There are already services out there who do similar jobs, they could be integrated in Wikipedia or at least reconstructed:
4. Link to Book digitalisation projects when they have the text of a book on display (such as Google Book Search, Wikisource, Amazon Search inside).
Still valid; tested on https://en.wikisource.org/w/index.php?title=Special%3ABookSources&isbn=9783442760121