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.
Did you try Lead2Amazon?
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 ...
Search for ISBN and export to BibTeX
- Ottobib: http://www.ottobib.com/
- similar to Ottobib: http://manas.tungare.name/software/isbn-to-bibtex/
Search in all fields and export to BibTeX
- needs many mouse clicks until you can export: http://www.citeulike.org/
Famous but needs repair
- lead.to/amazon select
Amazon.co.jpand Bibtex. This combination still works today.
All databases have many mistakes in the fields and you will have to double check always. But don't worry the major science journals provide bad BibTeX data too.
Update for April 2022:
- Ottobib is offline.
- www.citeulike.org/ is a gambling website now.
- Bibtex has a working ISBN converter here: https://www.bibtex.com/c/isbn-to-bibtex-converter/
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.