Scott Hanselman

Tracking Book Rankings with the Amazon API

January 30, '06 Comments [0] Posted in ASP.NET | Tools
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Arthur Wait just turned me on to a project he's written callHanselmanTitleZed TitleZ.

It's written in ASP.NET and has some clever Ajax-like and DHTML behaviors. You can set up your own "watch list" of books as well as great printed reports. It's free now, and they'll charge a small fee when it's out of beta. I can see my editor using this tool.

I'd probably invert the Y-axis on the graph such that a low ranking made the line appear higher and there's a few small problems with stylesheets in FireFox with the printed reports, but otherwise, it's pretty slick for a beta!

He says he's tracking 250,000 titles right now. This is great for authors who want to track their rankings and also for competitive research.

About Scott

Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. I am a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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