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How? In God's Name, How Did He Do That?

Handful of Sand has put up a page that has an Amazon link to every book he owns. It is remarkably cool.

What I want to know is how he did it. I mean, it's obvious that he's used some kind of script. But did he do it by having the author, title, and ISBN number in one file, and the script read out, or did he do something clever with MT Amazon, so that he only had to have the ISBN.

I must find out. Indexing every book I own would be the perfect Exam Procrastination Device...

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He probably did it using Delicious Library.
Right. So the next question would be, "What's Delicious Library." Ah well, off to research it...
Delicious Library is a cataloging program for Macs that can actually scan bar codes.
The free Books, also for OS X, will allow you to do the same thing -- scan or type in your bar codes, pull all bibliographic info from Amazon or half a dozen other databases, then create web pages from it all. I've been wanting to do this for a while now (I even have a Cue Cat scanner), but I just haven't found the time. Oh, and as I fill in this little number below, I think again: Cool!
Ah, yes. As soon as I looked up Delicious Library, I realized it was for a Mac. Since Gabe uses Notepad as his HTML editor, I figured he's probably not a Mac fellow...
I think Amazon has a way to list books by ISBN number. Maybe he just typed in the ISBN and copied the link into a script.
If I were a Mac person, I would use Delicious Library. In fact, it is yet another reason to become a Mac person. Book Collector is the best I've found for PC.

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