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Old 06-27-2004, 01:18 AM   #1
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Default Amazon Directory - How?

I came accross http://www.medicine-book.com/ .

It appears to be entirely composed of Amazon material - basic listings, which link to a longer listings including a couple of reviews, and a "Buy From Amazon" button.

All the URLs appear to be static, although I am guessing that maybe they are dynamic and then rewritten somehow.

I tried their Search box, but it didn't work, so I don't know if it is possible to pull up off-topic results.

Also, I am curious as to whether this sort of thing is pulling on-the-fly listings directly from Amazon (so as to update automatically), or if the site owner has to do some kind of search and download.

Anybody know how they did this?
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Old 06-27-2004, 10:09 AM   #2
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Those pages and links are being fetched in real time from amazon and are being displayed as static using ModRewrite.

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Old 06-27-2004, 11:44 AM   #3
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Amazon provides an XML API to fetch in realtime items from different categories (or search results).

More information can be found here:
http://www.amazon.com/webservices

One of the other members here has a page that has a lot of Amazon products related scripts if you decide to not go via the XML route:
http://www.codeshq.com/webmasters/

Hope that helps,
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