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Old 08-08-2010, 01:54 PM   #1
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German descriptions from Amazon

Hi everybody,

first of all i must say thank you to Kovid Goyal for giving this great piece of software to us.
And here is my problem:
I've already organized a whole bunch of ebook with calibre, but there is one thing i dont get clear:
When downloading Metadata for most if the books there comes no description, and if, then it is in english (all my ebooks are German).

So currently i do copy the description from amazon.de and paste it in by hand into to the Book-Metadata in calibre.
Because i still got a lot of ebooks to go, the question is how to get calibre to load the german description from amazon.de ?
I think calibre uses amazon.com for getting metadata, could this be the Problem in my case ?
And if, can i change this somewhere to amazon.de?

Thanks for your help.
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Old 08-08-2010, 01:59 PM   #2
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calibre uses various plugins to get descriptions, isbndb, google books and amazon. The amazon plugin uses the amazon AWS API which returns a description based on ISBN number. books in german should have german descriptions, but if they don't I don't easily see how that can be fixed, sorry.
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ok.
Doesn't sound good but still thanks for the quick answer.
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Old 08-11-2010, 10:46 AM   #4
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calibre uses various plugins to get descriptions, isbndb, google books and amazon. The amazon plugin uses the amazon AWS API which returns a description based on ISBN number. books in german should have german descriptions, but if they don't I don't easily see how that can be fixed, sorry.
Could you offer a separate plugin for Amazon.de (and possibly all the other locales offered by amazon) or add a respective dropdown in the plugin customization window?
The API is pretty much the same, you just use a different endpoint for the request.
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As far as I know there is no separate API for amazon.de as far as querying AWS is concerned.
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As far as I know there is no separate API for amazon.de as far as querying AWS is concerned.
Same API but different endpoint (and different product database, hence different product summaries)

See http://docs.amazonwebservices.com/AW...alLocales.html

The US locale doesn't have all the german books available.
For example the Simon Beckett's "Whispers of the Dead" (titled "Leichenblässe" in German).

The US ISBN is 978-0385340069, which can be found in the US and UK locale
The UK ISBN is 978-0593055267, which can only be found in the UK locale
The DE ISBN is 978-3805208666, which can only be found in the DE locale
(all hardcovers respectively)

Additionally the Editorial Review for the US ISBN is different in the US and UK locale.
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Yes, but how does one actually use that in an AWS query?
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If you use the SOAP API you use a different WSDL (see http://docs.amazonwebservices.com/AW...LLocation.html)

If you use the REST API you simply query a different URL. I.e. A amazon.com query might look like this:
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http://webservices.amazon.com/onca/xml?AWSAccessKeyId=[Access_Key]&
IdType=ISBN&
ItemId=[Query ISBN]&
Operation=ItemLookup&
ResponseGroup=Medium&
SearchIndex=Books&
Service=AWSECommerceService&
Timestamp=[Timestamp]&
Version=2009-01-06&
Signature=[Signature]
In order to query the DE locale you simply replce the base URL
Code:
http://webservices.amazon.de/onca/xml?AWSAccessKeyId=[Access_Key]&
IdType=ISBN&
ItemId=[Query ISBN]&
Operation=ItemLookup&
ResponseGroup=Medium&
SearchIndex=Books&
Service=AWSECommerceService&
Timestamp=[Timestamp]&
Version=2009-01-06&
Signature=[Signature]
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On a similar note: Why isn't there a cover plugin for amazon? The metadata plugin is already pretty borderline in regards to amazon's recent policy changes in regards to mobile devices.
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Old 08-11-2010, 11:58 AM   #10
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It definitely wont be separate plugins, but I could probably modify the plugin to use the current GUI language to decide which db to connect to.
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No point in having an amazon cover plugin, the same covers are available elsewhere.
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Hmm, well there are similar issues with the cover download plugins. In many cases the cover download will use an US based cover instead of a proper German one even if the German ISBN is used.

Are the cover download plugins also open source and if so, where can I find their source as they are not in the main bazaar repository?
Edit: nevermind. They are in the source, just not where I expected them.

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Not sure now what going to happen now:
Is there to be a change in the current Calibre-Amazonplugin or a extra plugin for Amazon DE ?
And (of course) when to expect ?

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