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Amazon hacks
Bausch, Paul.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Sebastopol, CA ; Farnham : O'Reilly, 2003.
Physical Description:
xix, 280 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
"100 industrial-strength tips & tools"--Cover.

Includes index.
Corporate Subject:
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HF5548.323.A4 B38 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Amazon Hacks is a collection of tips and tools for getting the most out of, whether you're an avid Amazon shopper, Amazon Associate developing your online storefront and honing your recommendations for better linking and more referral fees, seller listing your own products for sale on, or a programmer building your own application on the foundation provided by the rich Amazon Web Services API.Shoppers will learn how to make the most of's deep functionality and become part of the Amazon community, maintain wishlists, tune recommendations, "share the love" with friends and family, etc. Amazon Associates will find tips for how best to list their titles, how to promote their offerings by fine tuning search criteria and related titles information, and even how to make their store fronts more attractive. And the real power users will use the Amazon API to build Amazon-enabled applications, create store fronts and populate them with items to be picked, packed and shipped by Amazon. And just about anyone can become a seller on, listing items, deciding on pricing, and fulfilling orders for products new and used.

Author Notes

Paul Bausch is an accomplished web application developer, and is the co-creator of the popular weblog software Blogger. Among his recent applications is BookWatch, a site that scans weblogs for book mentions, analyzes them to find the most frequently mentioned books, and uses the Amazon API to display the results. Paul is also an accomplished writer, and is the co-author of We Blog: Publishing Online with Weblogs, published by Wiley.

Table of Contents

Creditsp. ix
Forewordp. xiii
Prefacep. xv
Chapter 1. Browsing and Searchingp. 1
Introduction: Amazon Product Pagesp. 1
1. Find a Product's ASINp. 5
2. Find a CD's ASIN with the UPCp. 7
3. Jump to a Product Using Its ASINp. 8
4. Create Shorter URLsp. 9
5. Link Directly to Product Imagesp. 10
6. Switch to a Text-Only Amazonp. 13
7. Take Amazon Anywherep. 14
8. Browse and Search Categories with Browse Nodesp. 15
9. Power-Search for Booksp. 19
10. Search Amazon from the IE Address Barp. 21
11. Search Amazon from Any Web Page in IEp. 23
12. Add an Amazon Sidebar Search to Mozillap. 25
Chapter 2. Controlling Your Informationp. 31
13. Understand Identity at Amazonp. 31
14. Fine-Tune Your Recommendationsp. 35
15. Enable 1-Click Buyingp. 38
16. Set Up a Group Accountp. 39
17. Create an "About You" Areap. 41
18. Create a Wish Listp. 43
19. Add Items to a Wish List Remotelyp. 46
20. Add Multiple Items to a Wish List at Oncep. 46
21. Organize Your Wish List by Priorityp. 49
22. Set Email and Messages Preferencesp. 53
23. Get Movie Showtimesp. 54
24. Create an Amazon Event Reminderp. 56
25. Create Several Birthday Reminders at Oncep. 57
26. Best Practices for Your Amazon Accountp. 61
Chapter 3. Participating in the Amazon Communityp. 63
Community Featuresp. 63
Accessing Community Featuresp. 65
27. Write a Reviewp. 66
28. Link Directly to Reviews of a Productp. 68
29. Post a Review from a Remote Sitep. 70
30. Add Pop-up Amazon Reviews to Your Web Sitep. 72
31. Send an Email Alert if a Review Is Added to a Productp. 74
32. Sort Books by Average Customer Ratingp. 77
33. Sort Your Recommendations by Average Customer Ratingp. 78
34. Scrape Product Reviewsp. 81
35. Publish Your Amazon Reviews on Your Sitep. 82
36. Share the Love (and Savings!) with Your Friendsp. 84
37. Create a Guidep. 86
38. Post a Guide Remotelyp. 88
39. Add Product Advice Remotelyp. 89
40. Scrape Customer Advicep. 91
41. Create a Listmania! Listp. 93
42. Gather Your Friends on Amazonp. 95
43. Gather Your Friends' Amazon IDsp. 96
44. Get Purchase Circle Products with Screen Scrapingp. 98
45. Find Purchase Circles by Zip Codep. 100
46. Track the Ranks of Books Over Timep. 102
47. Group Conversations About Booksp. 104
48. Add a "Currently Reading" List to Your Web Sitep. 107
Chapter 4. Selling Through Amazonp. 110
Introduction: Understanding Amazon's Sales Programsp. 110
49. Sell a Book with Amazon Marketplacep. 115
50. Speed Up the Listing Processp. 118
51. List Several Items for Sale at Oncep. 119
52. Sell What People Wantp. 123
53. Scope Out the Marketplace Competitionp. 126
54. List Your Items for Sale on Your Web Sitep. 128
55. Put an Item Up for Bid at Amazon Auctionsp. 132
56. Get (and Keep!) a Good Seller Ratingp. 133
57. Collect Donations from Your Web Site with the Honor Systemp. 135
58. Show the Progress of Your Honor System Fund on Your Sitep. 140
Chapter 5. Associates Programp. 142
Introduction: Make Money by Linking to Amazonp. 142
59. Build Associate Linksp. 145
60. Sell Items from Your Sitep. 149
61. Sell Items with Pop-up Windowsp. 151
62. Create Banner Ads for Your Sitep. 154
63. Rotate Through Several Keyword Banners on Your Sitep. 157
64. Add an Amazon Search Box to Your Sitep. 160
65. Show Amazon Search Results on Your Sitep. 161
66. Create an Online Storep. 168
67. Donate to Charities Through Associate Linksp. 171
68. Format a Review for Your Sitep. 172
69. Create Amazon Associate Links on Your Movable Type Weblogp. 173
70. Simplify Amazon Associate Links in Your Blosxom Weblogp. 175
71. Add an Amazon Box to Your Sitep. 177
72. Deep Linking to Amazon's Mobile Device Pagesp. 179
73. Measure Your Associate Salesp. 183
74. Publish Your Associate Sales Statistics on Your Sitep. 185
75. Associates Program Best Practicesp. 188
Chapter 6. Amazon Web Servicesp. 189
What Are Web Services?p. 189
Why Expose an API?p. 191
What You Needp. 191
What You Can Dop. 192
Making Requestsp. 193
The RESTful Way: XML/HTTPp. 194
SOAP Web Servicesp. 196
Working With Responsesp. 197
76. View XML Responses in a Browserp. 199
77. Embed Product Details into a Web Page with PHPp. 200
78. Program AWS with PHPp. 202
79. Program AWS with Pythonp. 204
80. Program AWS with Perlp. 206
81. Loop Around the 10-Result Limitp. 208
82. Program XML/HTTP with VBScriptp. 210
83. Transform AWS Results to HTML with XSLTp. 212
84. Work Around Products Without Imagesp. 215
85. Syndicate a List of Books with RSSp. 217
86. Import Data Directly into Excelp. 223
87. Program AWS with SOAP and VB.NETp. 230
88. Program AWS with SOAP::Lite and Perlp. 232
89. Program AWS with NuSOAP and PHPp. 234
90. Create a Wireless Wish Listp. 235
91. Make Product Titles Shorterp. 238
92. Encode Text for URLsp. 239
93. Cache Amazon Images Locallyp. 240
94. Cache AWS Responses Locallyp. 242
95. Create an Amazon AIM Botp. 245
96. Compare International Salesp. 248
97. Program AWS with Mozillap. 251
98. Search or Browse Amazon with Watsonp. 258
99. Add Cover Art to Your Digital Music Collectionp. 261
100. Using All Consuming's SOAP and REST Interfacesp. 263
Indexp. 269