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Has anyone written an interface through which I can get a citation of a book/paper from amazon.com?

Thanks for the suggestions from fellow users. I'm updating the questions to detail in more specifics:

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If you are using biblatex, the recent versions of biber have direct support for remote data sources. So, if you have a URL which returns a bibtex file, you can use it directly as a data source name instead of a file in biblatex. – PLK Mar 25 '11 at 18:57
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Copy the ISBN to Ottobib http://www.ottobib.com/

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this seems more usable to me – iceman Dec 5 '10 at 15:43
This is great, thank you! – Harold Cavendish Mar 25 '11 at 17:56
Just make sure you have the right editions ISBN. I've also found some shorting of titles and such, but it will get most of it. – Canageek Oct 3 '11 at 22:04
ok,thanks for the tip – iceman Oct 4 '11 at 12:55
BibTeX for books only list the first author, e.g., ottobib.com/works-cited/8130616f41 – Fuhrmanator Feb 4 at 15:48

Check out zotero.org. You'll find bib/bibtex discussions in the forums and useful information spread across the web (e.g., here).

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This is a great tool and I use it a lot when importing references from Amazon and IEEE. 1 vote up. – yCalleecharan Jul 14 '11 at 9:05
Zotero takes too many steps/clicks (install it, capture ref in library, export to BibTex file, open file in text editor, etc.). Furthermore, I found it's not reliable with Amazon.com. It often gets the author's names backwards (first, last) and/or doesn't have any authors. – Fuhrmanator Feb 4 at 15:27

Note that Amazon may not be the most reliable source of bibliographic details. At least, I recently had to submit corrections regarding the creators listed for one edition of Frankenstein...

Anyway, use care, and it's best to double check against the information actually on/in the item in question.

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Yes you are right in mentioning to verify the bibliographic details from Amazon. 1 vote up. – yCalleecharan Jul 14 '11 at 9:05
I've seen a lot of edition and publisher mistakes on RPG books, so yeah, verify that. – Canageek Oct 3 '11 at 22:03

Go to http://lead.to/amazon/en/?op=bt , put ISBN or title, choose BibTeX output and will look up in Amazon and generate the BibTeX, as a bonus it will contain the ISBN and the Amazon URL and even the price.

Alternatives (using ISBN only)

  1. http://manas.tungare.name/software/isbn-to-bibtex/ it will generate the BibTeX including the Amazon URL.
  2. http://www.ottobib.com, the same, but it will not generate the Amazon URL.

Alternative (using DOI only)

  1. http://www.doi2bib.org/
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You can try this ISBN to BibTex it fetches data from Amazon! I hope it helps.

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There also is a site called Literatur-Generator, which apparently is German but never the less gives really nice BibTeX entries.

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Site doesn't work unless you disable adblockers :-( – Fuhrmanator Feb 4 at 15:49

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