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Old 08-12-2018, 06:05 AM   #1
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Amazon Look-ups Failing

I seem to be in a state where Amazon lookups (always?) fail. For technical books this is a preferred source for metadata so its a bit of an issue. Started on one of my machines that I use infrequently. Now I am noticing it on the machine I use daily. Log is:

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****************************** Amazon.com (1, 2, 2) ******************************
Found 0 results
Downloading from Amazon.com took 1.57800006866
User-agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10_12) AppleWebKit/602.1.50 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/10.0 Safari/602.1.50
Server: auto
Making google query: https://www.google.com/search?q=Adva...www.amazon.com
Plugin Amazon.com failed
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "site-packages\calibre\ebooks\metadata\sources\identify. py", line 48, in run
File "site-packages\calibre\ebooks\metadata\sources\amazon.py ", line 1350, in identify
File "site-packages\calibre\ebooks\metadata\sources\amazon.py ", line 1282, in search_search_engine
File "site-packages\calibre\ebooks\metadata\sources\search_en gines.py", line 230, in google_search
File "site-packages\calibre\ebooks\metadata\sources\search_en gines.py", line 65, in query
File "site-packages\mechanize\_mechanize.py", line 239, in open_novisit
File "site-packages\mechanize\_mechanize.py", line 310, in _mech_open
httperror_seek_wrapper: HTTP Error 503: Service Unavailable
Don't think its anti-virus as I have switched between 3 vendors (that time of year again) and the problem persists.

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Old 08-12-2018, 10:17 AM   #2
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I seem to be in a state where Amazon lookups (always?) fail. For technical books this is a preferred source for metadata so its a bit of an issue. Started on one of my machines that I use infrequently. Now I am noticing it on the machine I use daily. Log is:


Don't think its anti-virus as I have switched between 3 vendors (that time of year again) and the problem persists.

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What calibre version, if not 3.29 then update.

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Old 08-12-2018, 11:23 AM   #3
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You can also change the server used for lookups in case google is blocking your IP for too many lookups. Preferences->metadata download->customize the amazon source and change the server from auto to amazon or bing.
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I almost always use the latest version, in this case 3.29
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Ok the reconfiguration fixed it. Just curious. Can you also fix it by grabbing a different IP from your service provider?
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Depends on how sophisticated the blocking algorithm is. It could block by access patterns + ip or ip blocks.
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Old 08-15-2018, 05:31 AM   #7
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Depends on how sophisticated the blocking algorithm is. It could block by access patterns + ip or ip blocks.
I realized after posting this that I usually have a VPN running with a generic endpoint. Hmmm.
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