This 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 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.
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.
Credits Foreword Preface Chapter 1. Browsing and Searching 1. Find a Product's ASIN 2. Find a CD's ASIN with the UPC 3. Jump to a Product Using Its ASIN 4. Create Shorter URLs 5. Link Directly to Product Images 6. Switch to a Text-Only Amazon 7. Take Amazon Anywhere 8. Browse and Search Categories with Browse Nodes 9. Power-Search for Books 10. Search Amazon from the IE Address Bar 11. Search Amazon from Any Web Page in IE 12. Add an Amazon Sidebar Search to Mozilla Chapter 2. Controlling Your Information 13. Understand Identity at Amazon 14. Fine-Tune Your Recommendations 15. Enable 1-Click Buying 16. Set Up a Group Account 17. Create an "About You" Area 18. Create a Wish List 19. Add Items to a Wish List Remotely 20. Add Multiple Items to a Wish List at Once 21. Organize Your Wish List by Priority 22. Set Email and Messages Preferences 23. Get Movie Showtimes 24. Create an Amazon Event Reminder 25. Create Several Birthday Reminders at Once 26. Best Practices for Your Amazon Account Chapter 3. Participating in the Amazon Community 27. Write a Review 28. Link Directly to Reviews of a Product 29. Post a Review from a Remote Site 30. Add Pop-up Amazon Reviews to Your Web Site 31. Send an Email Alert if a Review Is Added to a Product 32. Sort Books by Average Customer Rating 33. Sort Your Recommendations by Average Customer Rating 34. Scrape Product Reviews 35. Publish Your Amazon Reviews on Your Site 36. Share the Love (and Savings!) with Your Friends 37. Create a Guide 38. Post a Guide Remotely 39. Add Product Advice Remotely 40. Scrape Customer Advice 41. Create a Listmania! List 42. Gather Your Friends on Amazon 43. Gather Your Friends' Amazon IDs 44. Get Purchase Circle Products with Screen Scraping 45. Find Purchase Circles by Zip Code 46. Track the Ranks of Books Over Time 47. Group Conversations About Books 48. Add a "Currently Reading" List to Your Web Site Chapter 4. Selling Through Amazon 49. Sell a Book with Amazon Marketplace 50. Speed Up the Listing Process 51. List Several Items for Sale at Once 52. Sell What People Want 53. Scope Out the Marketplace Competition 54. List Your Items for Sale on Your Web Site 55. Put an Item Up for Bid at Amazon Auctions 56. Get (and Keep!) a Good Seller Rating 57. Collect Donations from Your Web Site with the Honor System 58. Show the Progress of Your Honor System Fund on Your Site Chapter 5. Associates Program 59. Build Associate Links 60. Sell Items from Your Site 61. Sell Items with Pop-up Windows 62. Create Banner Ads for Your Site 63. Rotate Through Several Keyword Banners on Your Site 64. Add an Amazon Search Box to Your Site 65. Show Amazon Search Results on Your Site 66. Create an Online Store 67. Donate to Charities Through Associate Links 68. Format a Review for Your Site 69. Create Amazon Associate Links on Your Movable Type Weblog 70. Simplify Amazon Associate Links in Your Blosxom Weblog 71. Add an Amazon Box to Your Site 72. Deep Linking to Amazon's Mobile Device Pages 73. Measure Your Associate Sales 74. Publish Your Associate Sales Statistics on Your Site 75. Associates Program Best Practices Chapter 6. Amazon Web Services 76. View XML Responses in a Browser 77. Embed Product Details into a Web Page with PHP 78. Program AWS with PHP 79. Program AWS with Python 80. Program AWS with Perl 81. Loop Around the 10-Result Limit 82. Program XML/HTTP with VBScript 83. Transform AWS Results to HTML with XSLT 84. Work Around Products Without Images 85. Syndicate a List of Books with RSS 86. Import Data Directly into Excel 87. Program AWS with SOAP and VB.NET 88. Program AWS with SOAP::Lite and Perl 89. Program AWS with NuSOAP and PHP 90. Create a Wireless Wish List 91. Make Product Titles Shorter 92. Encode Text for URLs 93. Cache Amazon Images Locally 94. Cache AWS Responses Locally 95. Create an Amazon AIM Bot 96. Compare International Sales 97. Program AWS with Mozilla 98. Search or Browse Amazon with Watson 99. Add Cover Art to Your Digital Music Collection 100. Using All Consuming's SOAP and REST Interfaces Index