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Given only the ISBN number or the title of a book, how to collect more information about this book?

Bonus points for being able to do this via an API.

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isbndb.com looks like a good candidate. It also has an API to query its databases. –  akira Jul 20 '10 at 6:19
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There is a question about ISBN API also on Stackoverflow.

They mentioned:

Full question here: What is the most complete (free) ISBN API?

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The most efficient way is a web search restricted to Amazon.

For instance, in Google and searching for ISBN 1590596439:

site:amazon.com 1590596439

There is also an API, but I don't have any experience using it. A starting point could be "Merits of Amazon book API versus Google book API?".

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WorldCat.org accesses the combined data of over 10.000 libraries, world wide.

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