ambrowse extracts book metadata from saved amazon.com, amazon.co.uk or amazon.de pages. It watches the directory 'ambrowse' inside your HOME, digests newly written files and adds the metadata to a list in 'books.yaml'. It then removes those files after a time delay, leaving only the metadata list.
You can find releases on releases.gutmet.org or build it yourself.
If you want to build ambrowse yourself, you need go1.11+ with module support. Clone this repository and type 'go build ambrowse.go'.
Download a release from releases.gutmet.org and unzip it. Put the correct file for your operating system somewhere you can run it. Then start a command line:
> ambrowse 2019/01/13 19:06:34 ambrowse is watching /home/johndoe/ambrowse
Go to amazon, visit a book page and save it to the folder ambrowse is watching.
2019/01/13 19:06:40 Reading metadata from /home/johndoe/ambrowse/Metallbearbeitung II: Verbindungstechniken, Gebrauchsgegenstaende aus Metall ALS-Werk- und Arbeitsmappen: Amazon.de: Ingrid Kreide, Wolfram Enders: Buecher.html
If you are on Unix or MacOS, you will get a desktop notification about the extracted metadata. You might want to add the watched folder to your favorites to reduce the number of clicks and add ambrowse to the services that are automatically started. I recommend using an anonymity service when browsing amazon, such as the TOR browser.
The file 'books.yaml' inside the watched folder might look like this:
--- title: "Essential Bushcraft" authors: [Ray Mears (Autor)] publisher: "Hodder & Stoughton General Division; Auflage: Reprint (23. Juni 2003)" isbn10: 0340829710 isbn13: 978-0340829714 amazonPrice: "EUR 24,01" --- title: "Ray Mears Outdoor Survival Handbook: The Classic Indispensable Guide to Surviving the Outdoors" authors: [Ray Mears (Autor)] publisher: "Ebury Press (30. Mai 2001)" isbn10: 0091878861 isbn13: 978-0091878863 amazonPrice: "EUR 20,35"
So far it seems like this format is bookseller-parseable.
Those afflicted by systemd (my sympathies) can put something like this in /etc/systemd/user/ambrowse.service:
[Unit] Description=ambrowse [Service] Type=simple ExecStart=/home/johndoe/path/to/ambrowse [Install] WantedBy=default.target
Run 'systemctl --user start ambrowse' to test and 'systemctl --user enable ambrowse' to permanently enable.
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