I've wanted to link to pages of books, or at least down to the chapter, or subhead.
Take, for example, the following blog post:
Look for the following text in the blog post:
- text: Total Useful Mental Discriminations
- and link: http://books.google.com/books?id=563gvssRPvkC&lpg=PR1&dq=slack&pg=PA72#v=onepage
- text: capable people are credible
- and link: http://books.google.com/books?id=31Qe_e61Y10C&lpg=PP1&ots=bBbef5O2a3&dq=speed%20of%20trust&pg=PA92#v=onepage
Not page linking, but sections as defined by the work itself. No content extraction except perhaps to put the subhead text in the URL itself (either in English, or in the work's native language, or both). Now there would be a global permalink for a given chunk of a work.
So, as an example of what I'm shooting for, the following author has already done this with his book:
http://book.personalmba.com/bootstrapping/ (full of promotional material)Even though this page is full of promotional material, the link itself has value, because now I can refer to that small section of the book and talk about my own ideas, relative to that section.
And I can do so in a web-friendly way, with a meaningful URL.
The closest think I found was OpenLibrary itself with canonical URLs to Works and Editions. But has anyone done "link to paper" in a general sense?