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fakester
06-03-2004, 12:31 PM
There are a million bookstore sites online and they all allow you to search by ISBN, title, author... How do I do this without starting with an empty database? The Library of Congress (www.loc.gov) has a database of all published books, but i cant figure out how to connect to it with a script. Does anyone know how I should go about getting this info?

aversion
06-05-2004, 05:43 PM
You need to search for a library or service with a web service you can regsiter with. I know that amazon have one and I think it's free to use so people can set up stores on their own sites. A data feed, like RSS, from a non-profit org like a library would be more useful for what you want though, but non-profit orgs are usually slow to take advantage of new technologies like this.

have a look at this page (http://www.loc.gov/standards/), maybe there's something there or someone you can contact.