Module to track books and their reviews for my users? Amazon access??

I'm currently 'spec'ing out an application to allow my users to review
books that are topical to their needs. I started 'stealing' the layout
that Amazon seems to keep for each book and relate it to author,
reviews, vendors, etc.
I've come around to the idea that if I could find and keep the 'key'
for each amazon book and use this as a parent record for my users to
review, that I'd be far ahead of the game as no one would have to
enter all the laborious data such as ISBN numbers.
Has anyone found a way to access the Amazon 'books for sale' database
by a key in their own database? Has anyone written such a 'book
review' application?
I am grateful to hear any ideas and happy to collaborate.
Thank you,
Kathy
KathysKode@gmail.com

KathysKode@gmail.com wrote:

I'm currently 'spec'ing out an application to allow my users to review
books that are topical to their needs. I started 'stealing' the layout
that Amazon seems to keep for each book and relate it to author,
reviews, vendors, etc.
I've come around to the idea that if I could find and keep the 'key'
for each amazon book and use this as a parent record for my users to
review, that I'd be far ahead of the game as no one would have to
enter all the laborious data such as ISBN numbers.
Has anyone found a way to access the Amazon 'books for sale' database
by a key in their own database? Has anyone written such a 'book
review' application?
I am grateful to hear any ideas and happy to collaborate.
Thank you,
Kathy

Take a look at Amazon's ECS Web Service:

http://developer.amazonwebservices.com/connect/kbcategory.jspa?categoryID=5

Google on:

ECS Amazon Ruby

for some ECS Ruby libraries.