How can I link to a specific title on Google Books?

Sometimes linking to a search for an author or title on Google Books isn't enough -- you want to link to a specific title or perhaps even a specific edition of a title. To help you with this, Google Books can retrieve books based on International Standard Book Numbers (ISBNs), Library of Congress Control Numbers (LCCNs) and Online Computer Library Centre (OCLC) record numbers. Most books published today have ISBNs. To find a book's ISBN, search for it on Google Book Search and look on its About the Book page. For older books, you may need to rely on LCCN or OCLC records.

For example, perhaps you want to link to Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin Abbot. Though this book was originally published in 1884, the edition you want to link to was printed in 1984 and has an ISBN of 0451522907. For a full list of options for linking to books or specific sections of books, refer to the table below.

Destination URL Pattern/Example
  •{ISBN Number}
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  • Front cover
  •{ISBN Number} &printsec=frontcover
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  • Title page
  •{ISBN Number}&printsec=titlepage
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  • Copyright page
  •{ISBN Number}&printsec=copyright
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  • Table of contents
  •{ISBN Number}&printsec=toc
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  • Index
  •{ISBN Number}&printsec=index
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  • Back cover
  •{ISBN Number}&printsec=backcover
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