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I was wondering if the members of the community would kindly share their wisdom in what is the best way to get BibTeX entries from ISBN number? I am currently using this service but results leave much to be desired for. Before I start writing a script which will fix all "imperfection" of the above service is there a better way to get BibTeX references from ISBN? In particular I am interested in web-sites which scale well because I would just like to get BibTeX reference of the web with the script and be done with it.

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Have you tried ottobib (http://www.ottobib.com/)? – Mico Jun 2 '12 at 1:46
@Mico I tested. Looks even worse BibTeX refer than the service I am using right now. – Predrag Punosevac Jun 2 '12 at 4:50
What is wrong with the website that you are currently using? – JohnReed Jun 5 '12 at 22:16
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Did you try Lead2Amazon?

Select BibTeX, enter your ISBN, and click on "set and search" -- done.

Sometimes you need to try other Amazon sites, e.g. when searching books of Herbert Voss ...

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Lead2Amazon seems to have the most BibTeX fields. Many other sites don't include totalpages, edition, etc. – Fuhrmanator Feb 4 at 16:09

Search for ISBN and export to BibTeX

Search in all fields and export to BibTeX

All databases have many mistakes in the fields and you will have to doublecheck always. But dont worry the major science journals provide bad bibtex data too.

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Did you bother to check which tool I was talking about in my original post? I didn't want to give the name but if you were following the link you would see that manas.tungare was the tool I was not 100% happy with. I tested Ottobib after Mico's comment. – Predrag Punosevac Nov 19 '12 at 0:16

I wrote a script a few years ago that will take in ISBN numbers and emit BibTeX entries. See https://gist.github.com/DavidGriffith/5097431. It's very handy when you're faced with a bunch of books and you have a barcode scanner of some sort.

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