The Web Developer’s Guide To Amazon E-Commerce Service

This Book Is Now Out Of Print


Judging from reader feedback over the past years, this book has helped a lot of people navigate the original Amazon Web Services API (that API was later re-named “Amazon E-Commerce Service” and is now called the “Product Advertising API“). A fair amount of the content in this book is now outdated and Amazon has significantly improved their documentation in the intervening years. It’s time to make this book “out of print”. Cheers everyone.


The Book Is Published!

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Paperback: 492 pages
Publisher: J9t Publications and (April 12th, 2005)
ISBN: 141162551X
Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.5 lbs
List Price: $30.00
Your Price: $14.85

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What’s in the book?


This book is primarily about using PHP to create web applications using Amazon E-Commerce Service 4.0. The target audience is intermediate developers who are creating web applications. That might include people making simple sidebar applications for web sites all the way up to more serious storefronts and even backend inventory systems. Basic understanding of XML and PHP is required, though developers should easily be able to translate the concepts and code samples to other programming languages.

Coverage includes:

  • An overview of the site architecture
  • Strategies for parsing XML responses from Amazon
  • Developing applications using PHP4, PHP5, XSLT, REST, and SOAP
  • Caching and error recovery
  • Developing with Amazon Seller Services — the Amazon Inventory Management System and the Merchants@ API
  • Creating internationalized web applications that take advantage of Amazon’s international presence (e.g.,, etc… )
  • Reference manuals for Amazon E-Commerce Service, Amazon Inventory Management System, and the Merchants@ API