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Made Some Changes to the Website in Forever

by Cory on August 21, 2018 11:01 PM

I switched the API I used to query books from Amazon to Google! So it turns out the amazon product api access you get is revoked after like 6 months if you don't get a certain number of referral links, which is fucking bullshit. Basically this means that my book search function would randomly break like every so often and I'd have to open a new account and change the username in my site files.

I finally decided to do something about it and found the Google Books API. This stuff is free (or at least it is for now) and it does exactly what I need. The best part is that it's so simple because I only need a really basic query so I don't even have to authenticate with them. It was a lot easier than I thought it would be and I didn't even need any special python packages. I highly recommend it.

The only difference is that when you click on a book, it'll bring you to google books instead of amazon, which I guess isn't really as good, but not too inconvenient.

Suck it amazon.

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