[WEB4LIB] Re: Linking to Amazon.com for Big Bucks

Charles P. Hobbs transit at primenet.com
Fri Oct 22 14:50:35 EDT 1999

On Fri, 22 Oct 1999, Dan Lester wrote:

> At 10:04 AM 10/22/99 -0700, George Porter wrote:
> >We've spent some inconclusive time wrestling with the demons of free
> >enterprise, revenue streams, fairness and ethics.  Charles Hobbs noted:
> >
> >If I was building such a catalog today, I'd add <commercial vendors snipped
> >for brevity> as long as they had an ISBN-searchable database... (I might
> >even set up a script that pre-reads the pages....)
> >
> >Acses <http://www.acses.com> does just that.  They do an on-the-fly ISBN
> >lookup from a wide variety of online book purveyors, international in scope.
> >Aside from the lame spelling, the service has been useful to me both
> >personally and professionally.
> They got rid of the lame spelling and are now www.dealpilot.com

I went over there and tried it out. Kind of neat . . .

Of course, services like these are somewhat subject to whether the other
sites want to participate. Someone (Auctionwatch) tried to do something
similar with the various auction sites, but certain major auction sites
(Ebay, and at least one of Amazon or Yahoo) made a lot of noise, and told 
Auctionwatch to back off. . .

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