Saturday, September 18, 2004

Amazon's search portal is cool

I know, this is old news, but I have been giving another look. Privacy advocates probably do not like because the first thing the site does is to read your cookie so knows who you are. maintains a search history and is especially nice when search results are from inside a book - you can often read relevant pages out of books. uses Google, the internet movie database, the database, and other information sources.

I have been using the Google SOAP web services API for about 18 months - very cool to be able to use Google easily in my own programs. I would like to see Amazon offer something similar. Amazon does have both a SOAP and a REST API for accessing its main site, but I don't think that this is tied in with their search site yet.

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