Media praise for Amazon Hacks

"If you work in e-tailing, you've just found your missing manual. A definite must-read for anyone committed to conducting more productive, more user-centric Web commerce. We give it two thumbs up!"
--Seattle 24x7, July 2004

"There is much, much more to Amazon than selling merchandise, and this title provides a remarkable insight into its many facets, as well as showing how tot take advantage of them...The focus is on Amazon, but the principles (and many of the hacks) have a wider relevance."
--Major Keary, PC Update, May 2004

"Anyone who likes Amazon and wants to enrich their experience should purchase and read this book. Not only will you learn more about the super seller Amazon, but you'll enjoy your experience."
--Patrick Grote, Dot Journal, February 2004

"If you're an Amazon veteran, the book contains some information you probably already know, but also a lot of things you probably don't know. For example, did you know that many charities have wish lists of items they require that can be purchased and donated through the website? Or did you know that there's a way to rank items on your own wish list so that when gift occasions roll around all you have to do is refer friends or relatives to that webpage on the site? If you have visited the Amazon site and found yourself lost in the labyrinth of products and information, Amazon Hacks can help you sort through the confusion."
--Marc Duane Anderson,, January 2004

"If you use, you can learn some useful tricks without doing any coding. However, if you want to make money, you'll really benefit from putting Paul Bausch's suggestions into practice."
--Jacquelyn Sykes, Alamo PC, January 2004

"Call it capitalist communitarianism: Some of the Net's biggest businesses have found a way to tap the open source model without giving away the store. The secret is a software protocol called an application program interface. An API is a published set of programming hooks that lets you interact directly with a company's open servers. In other words, you can mine company databases for free. A new series by tech publisher O'Reilly explains how to use APIs to extract information from Amazon, eBay, and Google. The best part: There's no need to consult your Perl manual - these books offer dozens of handy scripts to automate tasks such as searching archives, product listings, and auctions in progress. Exploiting APIs is not only legal, it's encouraged."
--Paul Boutin, Wired Magazine, December 2003

"I was excited when I first learned that O'Reilly would be adding an Amazon book to its Hacks series. Being the geek I am, I had wanted to dabble with Amazon's new XML Web Service API, and 'Amazon Hacks' looked to be a handy guide for doing just that. But the book turned out to be much more that just a developer's guide to the Web Service API, as it covers many aspects of the entire range of Amazon's services. As a whole it provides what could well be called the 'Power User's Guide to'"
--Dan Hanks, Provo Linux Users Group, December 2003

"O'Reilly's Hacks series is becoming an institution; the concept is innovative and each title stands as a really useful resource and reference...There is much, much more to Amazon than selling merchandise, and this title provides a remarkable insight into its many facets, as well as how to take advantage of them...Anyone interested in developing scripting skills, especially for web applications, will find this a useful tutorial. If you happen to have an interest in practical aspects of web marketing 'Amazon Hacks' is well worth studying."
--Major Keary, "Book News," December 2003

"I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I was expecting a re-hash of everything I already know about What I ended up getting was a well-written, intriguing look at the guts of one of the world’s most popular booksellers."
--Salt Lake City ColdFusion User Group, November 2003

"O'Reilly are publishing a great series of 'Hacks' books faster than I can read them and put the tips into use. Even worse, each book has been full of great ideas I want to use, so I keep spending far too much time trying out the tricks I'm learning, but it's paying off. Within the first 12 pages of Amazon Hacks, I'd found two tricks I could put to use immediately to make my work easier...In conclusion -- if you use Amazon, whether as a buyer or as a seller, you'll likely find lots of useful tips in this book, far more than enough to justify the (low) cost."
--Jean Weber,, November 2003

"I picked up this tip [tracking the Amazon sales ranking of a book or product over time] from the fabulous book 'Amazon Hacks,' which I feel any serious user of Amazon should read."
--Kevin Kelly, Cool Tools, October 2003

"O'Reilly & Associates Inc., the world's foremost publishing house for gearheads, offers 'Amazon Hacks' ($24.95), a fascinating look at the innards of the ultrapopular Web shopping site. It will tell you far more than you ever wanted to know about using Amazon's catalogs, personalized shopping lists, product ratings, and other features."
--James Coates, "Chicago Tribune," August 2003

"Having posted over 200 reviews on Amazon over the past three years, I thought I was reasonably familiar with what Amazon had to offer on its site. While I was familiar with wish lists, posting reviews and the like, this book proved me wrong, as I learned about numerous other features (especially movie show times!) that Amazon offers...'Amazon Hacks' shows how by using some 'tricks,' you can make your own use of Amazon and its numerous services that much more enjoyable and useful. This book is a wonderful 'guide' to some interesting 'hacks' that can be used while browsing the site. 5 stars."
--Todd Hawley, Customer Reviews, August 2003