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Amazon Product Viewer

By Eric Giguere
February 25, 2006
Updated February 28, 2006

This little tool lets you view the details for any product sold by Amazon on its various websites. All you do is enter the ISBN (for books) or ASIN (Amazon's unique product ID number) of the product in question to see it details. The information is pulled directly from Amazon's databases using the Amazon E-Commerce Service (ECS). The data is returned as XML and can be viewed in your browser or downloaded to your computer.

Select the Amazon database to query:
Amazon.com Amazon.ca
Amazon.co.uk Amazon.fr
Amazon.de Amazon.co.jp

Limitations and Source Code

Please note that Amazon limits use of the ECS to no more than one request per second. This tool throttles its requests accordingly, meaning that if someone else is using this page to fetch data you might have to wait a few seconds before you'll see anything. If this isn't good enough for you, you'll need to sign up for Amazon Web Services yourself to create an account to get your own subscription ID for accessing the ECS directly from your own computer.

I have a simple command-line version of this tool available for free. It's written in Java, so download and install Java if you don't already have it, and then subscribe to my Amazon Tools mailing list to get the tool (including source code) sent to you:

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