Synopses & Reviews
Amazon Hacks is a collection of tips and tools for getting the most out of Amazon.com, 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 Amazon.com, 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 Amazon.com'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 Amazon.com, listing items, deciding on pricing, and fulfilling orders for products new and used.
This collection of tips and tools explains how to get the most out of Amazon.com, whether they're Amazon shoppers, Amazon Associates developing online storefronts, sellers listing products for sale on Amazon.com, or programmers building applications based on the Amazon Web Services API.
With this collection of tips and tools, users can get the most out of Amazon.com, whether they are avid Amazon shoppers, Amazon associates developing online storefronts, or programmers building apps based on Amazon Web Services.
About the Author
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
Credits; About the Author; Contributors; Acknowledgments; Foreword; Preface; Why Amazon Hacks?; How This Book Is Organized; How to Use This Book; Conventions Used in This Book; How to Contact Us; Got a Hack?; Chapter 1: Browsing and Searching; 1.1 Hacks #1-12; 1.2 Amazon Product Pages; 1.3 Find a Product's ASIN; 1.4 Find a CD's ASIN with the UPC; 1.5 Jump to a Product Using Its ASIN; 1.6 Create Shorter URLs; 1.7 Link Directly to Product Images; 1.8 Switch to a Text-Only Amazon; 1.9 Take Amazon Anywhere; 1.10 Browse and Search Categories with Browse Nodes; 1.11 Power-Search for Books; 1.12 Search Amazon from the IE Address Bar; 1.13 Search Amazon from Any Web Page in IE; 1.14 Add an Amazon Sidebar Search to Mozilla; Chapter 2: Controlling Your Information; 2.1 Hacks #13-26; 2.2 Understand Identity at Amazon; 2.3 Fine-Tune Your Recommendations; 2.4 Enable 1-Click Buying; 2.5 Set Up a Group Account; 2.6 Create an "About You" Area; 2.7 Create a Wish List; 2.8 Add Items to a Wish List Remotely; 2.9 Add Multiple Items to a Wish List at Once; 2.10 Organize Your Wish List by Priority; 2.11 Set Email and Messages Preferences; 2.12 Get Movie Showtimes; 2.13 Create an Amazon Event Reminder; 2.14 Create Several Birthday Reminders at Once; 2.15 Best Practices for Your Amazon Account; Chapter 3: Participating in the Amazon Community; 3.1 Hacks #27-48; 3.2 Community Features; 3.3 Accessing Community Features; 3.4 Write a Review; 3.5 Link Directly to Reviews of a Product; 3.6 Post a Review from a Remote Site; 3.7 Add Pop-up Amazon Reviews to Your Web Site; 3.8 Send an Email Alert if a Review Is Added to a Product; 3.9 Sort Books by Average Customer Rating; 3.10 Sort Your Recommendations by Average Customer Rating; 3.11 Scrape Product Reviews; 3.12 Publish Your Amazon Reviews on Your Site; 3.13 Share the Love (and Savings!) with Your Friends; 3.14 Create a Guide; 3.15 Post a Guide Remotely; 3.16 Add Product Advice Remotely; 3.17 Scrape Customer Advice; 3.18 Create a Listmania! List; 3.19 Gather Your Friends on Amazon; 3.20 Gather Your Friends' Amazon IDs; 3.21 Get Purchase Circle Products with Screen Scraping; 3.22 Find Purchase Circles by Zip Code; 3.23 Track the Ranks of Books Over Time; 3.24 Group Conversations About Books; 3.25 Add a "Currently Reading" List to Your Web Site; Chapter 4: Selling Through Amazon; 4.1 Hacks #49-58; 4.2 Understanding Amazon's Sales Programs; 4.3 Sell a Book with Amazon Marketplace; 4.4 Speed Up the Listing Process; 4.5 List Several Items for Sale at Once; 4.6 Sell What People Want; 4.7 Scope Out the Marketplace Competition; 4.8 List Your Items for Sale on Your Web Site; 4.9 Put an Item Up for Bid at Amazon Auctions; 4.10 Get (and Keep!) a Good Seller Rating; 4.11 Collect Donations from Your Web Site with the Honor System; 4.12 Show the Progress of Your Honor System Fund on Your Site; Chapter 5: Associates Program; 5.1 Hacks #59-75; 5.2 Make Money by Linking to Amazon; 5.3 Build Associate Links; 5.4 Sell Items from Your Site; 5.5 Sell Items with Pop-up Windows; 5.6 Create Banner Ads for Your Site; 5.7 Rotate Through Several Keyword Banners on Your Site; 5.8 Add an Amazon Search Box to Your Site; 5.9 Show Amazon Search Results on Your Site; 5.10 Create an Online Store; 5.11 Donate to Charities Through Associate Links; 5.12 Format a Review for Your Site; 5.13 Create Amazon Associate Links on Your Movable Type Weblog; 5.14 Simplify Amazon Associate Links in Your Blosxom Weblog; 5.15 Add an Amazon Box to Your Site; 5.16 Deep Linking to Amazon's Mobile Device Pages; 5.17 Measure Your Associate Sales; 5.18 Publish Your Associate Sales Statistics on Your Site; 5.19 Associates Program Best Practices; Chapter 6: Amazon Web Services; 6.1 Hacks #76-100; 6.2 What Are Web Services?; 6.3 Why Expose an API?; 6.4 What You Need; 6.5 What You Can Do; 6.6 Making Requests; 6.7 The RESTful Way: XML/HTTP; 6.8 SOAP Web Services; 6.9 Working With Responses; 6.10 View XML Responses in a Browser; 6.11 Embed Product Details into a Web Page with PHP; 6.12 Program AWS with PHP; 6.13 Program AWS with Python; 6.14 Program AWS with Perl; 6.15 Loop Around the 10-Result Limit; 6.16 Program XML/HTTP with VBScript; 6.17 Transform AWS Results to HTML with XSLT; 6.18 Work Around Products Without Images; 6.19 Syndicate a List of Books with RSS; 6.20 Import Data Directly into Excel; 6.21 Program AWS with SOAP and VB.NET; 6.22 Program AWS with SOAP::Lite and Perl; 6.23 Program AWS with NuSOAP and PHP; 6.24 Create a Wireless Wish List; 6.25 Make Product Titles Shorter; 6.26 Encode Text for URLs; 6.27 Cache Amazon Images Locally; 6.28 Cache AWS Responses Locally; 6.29 Create an Amazon AIM Bot; 6.30 Compare International Sales; 6.31 Program AWS with Mozilla; 6.32 Search or Browse Amazon with Watson; 6.33 Add Cover Art to Your Digital Music Collection; 6.34 Using All Consuming's SOAP and REST Interfaces; Colophon;