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I am currently using Google books to quickly create a list of books that I can sell. Is there a way to export this list to a next service (or a google feature I am missing) so that I can attach prices to these ?

Note: Anything that is not dynamic will not work for me (around 200 books). I am cleaning my library by shelf and updating as I go along. Then my relative checks the prices on Amazon/ Other sites (or even calls bookstores) manually.

In this question: Getting the link to a public bookshelf in googlebooks [Now Solved] I try am able to get the xml (dynamic/live version) without downloading it. So I already know how to download the xml.

So I am looking for clean way from Google Books (I am going to be placing reviews later for some of the books) to another service/application.

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If you select a "shelf" of books, then pull down the Options tab, you'll find an "export to XML" option. I was able to read that XML file with Excel 2003 and it generated a table containing the titles, ISBNs, etc. That spreadsheet is a good start, or you could export that as .CSV and pretty much anything will read that.

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Thanks I already know how to get the xml at a certain time.I have updated the question . – phwd Aug 5 '10 at 16:49
Oh, I see. I don't know how to do that with Google Books. I am working on a similar project but I have found it easier to maintain the list of books as a list of ISBN's and to get pricing data programmatically from isbndb.com. You might also take a look at librarything.com if you haven't run across that yet. – gbroiles Aug 5 '10 at 18:33
Alright isbndb looks promising. Is there a way to bulk add the books ? – phwd Aug 6 '10 at 11:22

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