Tutorial :How do I get a book graphic and description from the Amazon Book API?



Question:

This URL sends an ISBN number to Amazon and gets back a small bit of XML including author, title, and publisher.

However, I also want to get small, medium and large graphic and book descriptions of the title.

Problem: I can find no REST URL examples/documention that work, either at Google or when logged into my "AWS Account" at Amazon Associates.

I find a lot of examples from 2003-2005 but they are all out-of-date and give errors, it seems that Amazon's cloud web services have obfuscated their simple REST API documentation for their books.

Can anyone point me to some documentation on how I can get detailed information about books at Amazon via REST/XML?

Here's what I have tried so far.


Solution:1

So, allow me to answer my own question, from another question here I found this useful PDF and the following URL gets images for instance, see "ResponseGroup"


Solution:2

ResponseGroup is the key, and if you specify more than one (comma separated) the results are stitched together

That is, "&ResponseGroup=Images,Small" returns the minimal details and images about products


Solution:3

I have build some functions to grab amazon xml using php and curl using simple functions just like this:

    <?php  function Get_Amazon_XML($tag, $api, $secretkey, $region, $department, $query)  {  $time = time() + 10000;  $method = 'GET';  $host = 'webservices.amazon.'.$region;  $uri = '/onca/xml';  $slug["Service"] = "AWSECommerceService";  $slug["Operation"] = "ItemSearch";  $slug["SubscriptionId"] = $api;  $slug["AssociateTag"] = $tag;  $slug["SearchIndex"] = $department;  $slug["Condition"] = 'All';  $slug["Keywords"] = $query;  $params["ItemPage"] = 1;  $slug["TruncateReviewsAt"] = '500';  $slug["ResponseGroup"] = 'Images,ItemAttributes,EditorialReview';  $slug["Timestamp"] = gmdate("Y-m-d\TH:i:s\Z",$time);  $slug["Version"] = "2011-08-01";  ksort($slug);  $query_slug = array();  foreach ($slug as $slugs=>$value)  {  $slugs = str_replace("%7E", "~", rawurlencode($slugs));  $value = str_replace("%7E", "~", rawurlencode($value));  $query_slug[] = $slugs."=".$value;  }  $query_slug = implode("&", $query_slug);  $signinurl = $method."\n".$host."\n".$uri."\n".$query_slug;  $signature = base64_encode(hash_hmac("sha256", $signinurl, $secretkey, True)); // Get Amazon Signature API  $signature = str_replace("%7E", "~", rawurlencode($signature));  $request = "http://".$host.$uri."?".$query_slug."&Signature=".$signature;  $ch = curl_init();  curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_USERAGENT, "Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Konqueror/4.0; Microsoft Windows) KHTML/4.0.80 (like Gecko)");  curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, 1);  curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_URL, $request);  curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_TIMEOUT, 10);  $response = curl_exec($ch);  curl_close($ch);  return $response;  }  ?>  

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