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The OAPEN Library and DOAB are both services provided by the OAPEN Foundation. The OAPEN Library contains full text OA books; DOAB is a discovery services that points to OA books that can be found elsewhere.

The OAPEN Library contains the full text of peer reviewed OA books; DOAB contains a description of OA books. This means that you can search both the contents and the description of the books in the OAPEN Library, and you can download the book directly. DOAB enables you to search the description of the books and enables you to download the books from the site of the publisher.

The collection in the OAPEN Library contains books that are ‘free to read’ and books that are ‘free to share’. All books in DOAB have a full OA license, making them ‘free to share’. The books in the OAPEN Library that are only ‘free to read’ are not listed in DOAB.

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DOAB and OAPEN allow an unlimited number of concurrent users

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