[Web4lib] How to get bestseller lists?

Hirst, Edward Alan EAH0116 at ecu.edu
Thu Oct 16 15:36:50 EDT 2008


We have it through our ILS vendor (TLC) but, we pay extra for it. 



Edward Hirst
Information Technology Librarian
Rowan Public Library
Salisbury, NC

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From: web4lib-bounces at webjunction.org on behalf of Steve Toub
Sent: Thu 10/16/2008 2:31 PM
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Subject: [Web4lib] How to get bestseller lists?

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!

Steve Toub

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