100 Million Books is especially committed to user privacy. Our commitment aligns well with that of the American Library Association, as articulated in their Library Bill of Rights and Interpretation (as they were written in September 2017).
In general, we don't want your data. 100 Million Book is a data provider, and its users are data consumers—not the other way around.
Information We Collect: App
We collect a little bit of data to understand how our service is being used:
- Number of times you request books from us. Each instance of our app (the Chrome extension, Android app, and web version) generates a random alphanumeric key that we use to count the number of times that particular client requests data from our server. We do this to prevent abuse and keep the service reliable.
- Aggregate expressions of interest in our books. We count clicks that indicate interest in books we show, much like libraries count how many times its books are checked out. Every time you click on an Amazon or Goodreads link, for example, we increment the number of clicks for that book. We don't associate that click with the client who made it, or even when it was made—just that it happened.
- Approximate location. We use your IP address to determine your approximate location. We do this to have some idea of the global distribution of 100 Million Books users. As you might imagine, a service serving only people in the USA will operate differently from a service serving users in 120+ countries.
Our apps don't collect any other data.
Information We Collect: Website
We use Google Analytics on the website to measure vital performance metrics (mainly traffic & conversions).
How We Use This Information
All the information we collect, as anonymous and vague as it is, is kept in strict confidence. We don't work with any ad networks or third-party services for the app. Otherwise, the site uses Google Analytics, and our form for suggesting books uses Google Forms.
- 09/30/2017 - Added Firefox extension to 'Number of times you request books from us' section.
- 02/02/2018 - Removed mention of Firefox extension, added Android app. Also rephrased sentence explaining why we use Google Analytics (to be more specific).