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Darryl A. J. Staflund
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Hi there,
I'd like to make a feature request about the book review forum. Could you provide for each book reviewed the following information:
1. ISBN
2. Number of Pages
3. Hardcover / Softcover
4. Price
Thank you,
Darryl
 
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Just click the little link "More info at Amason.com" and you will get all that information . . . .
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Hi Cindy,
Thanks for responding. I guess I'd just like the book review to be a little more formal and complete as the price, pages, binding, and ISBN is an essential part of any book and in many cases is the deciding factor. I do acknowledge I am a bit of a prude when it comes to reviews, though :-)
Thanks for considering.
Darryl
 
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The price from where. From Amazon, the local book store some other online book seller. What if the price changes?
 
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I understand why you might want that information - but we are not really a book store, we just volunteer these reviews.
To ask some other volunteer to spend time typing in stuff that you can get with just a click of your mouse - does not seem like value added.
 
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The information that we show is the information that we can get from amazon's web service. If they add stuff like price and number of pages we will definitely show it.
You will have to explain how ISBN is an essential feature towards making abook buying decision. Do you only buy books with your lucky number in them?
 
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Originally posted by Thomas Paul:
The information that we show is the information that we can get from amazon's web service. If they add stuff like price and number of pages we will definitely show it.
We do get price. The problem is that you are limited to no more than one transation per second with amazon. So we get the info on the page when wwe do the review. Since the price can change (and does) it makes no sense to display the price at the time of the review. And we can't dynamically get the price because we can't do more than 1 transaction per second and there are pages that have 40 different books on it.
Anyway, all the info you could want is just a click away.
 
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Hi there,
I haven't read this thread for a while and I didn't expect there to be a lot of discussion on this :-)
I have a strong humanities background and have worked with a number of adacdemic journals each of which publishes book reviews. In our case, the books reviewed were sent to us from various publishers and were accompanied with the ISBN number (the common identifier for the book), along with its stats such as publisher price, binding type, page number, publisher location, publisher year, authors, etc. All of this we provided to the reader for reasons of completeness and to give our readership as much information as possible so that they can make purchasing decisions. Information such as ISBN number and publisher price is important to our academic readers for deciding whether they can afford it as well as to provide a benchmark for comparing prices. ISBN, of course, is supplied so that the book can be easily tracked down and ordered by the clearing house one chooses to order through. Information such as binding, etc. is also important for those with personal preferences and libraries that they are trying to build and maintain (I like software-cover, fairly small books on development books, for example, but will always try to purchase a hardcover Philosophy book over a softcover one.) And of course our customer libraries use this information in other ways as well.
I guess, given this, when I read a JavaRanch review and don't see pricing, ISBN, binding, or even number of pages lists I feel like the review is incomplete.
But the times are changing I guess. I worked for an academic online journal from 1996-1997 and was surprised at how many of the more established academics in the profession did not like the format of online papers. What was their biggest beef? Paper journals typically display the titles of figures, tables, and other illustrations immeidately after the illustration. Since browsers render pages from top to bottom however and can take a long time to load complex and large images, we chose to display this information at the top of the illustration so that they could remain engaged with the journal while the image was loading. The older academics gave us a lot of flack for that and some chose not to publish their papers through us for that reason. Hmmm. It looks like maybe I am turning into one of these old fuddy-duddies :-(
Cheers and a good week for everyone.
Darryl
 
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