[Web4lib] How to get bestseller lists?

Tim McMahon tmcmahon at wlpl.org
Thu Oct 16 15:07:09 EDT 2008

Steve Toub wrote:
> Hi--
> In some library OPACs, I often see lists of New York Times or other bestseller lists. How is this typically done? I can't imagine folks are keying this in manually or screenscraping the NYTimes.com site.
> Are there vendors out there that I can pay to get a weekly feed of bestseller lists that have ISBNs and whatnot? And then I load that list into my ILS?
> I've poked around in the Amazon API enough to know that it doesn't seem possible to get the NYT bestsellers from there, but I'm not sure where best to go to do this.
> Thanks in advance!
>    --SET
> Steve Toub
> BiblioCommons
My guess is they're using the RSS feed from the nytimes.com web site.
Tim McMahon
Technical Services
West Liberty Public Library

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