[linux-elitists] Hey Don!
Mon Apr 29 16:10:29 PDT 2002
>>>>> "DM" == Don Marti <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
DM> But we need a general, drop-in, feature-complete replacement
DM> for Amazon, as PNG is a drop-in replacement for GIF.
DM> If you're writing hypertext and mention a book, it's good to
DM> link the title to something. For books that don't have their
DM> own web site, as Real World Linux Security does, a link to an
DM> informative bookstore page works well.
What about booksense.com? They're an aggregator for independent
booksellers, and they have a really pretty damn decent collection. You
DM> 1. A reasonably secure, or at least not on crack, software platform
evan@gaff~ HEAD www.booksense.com
Server: Apache/1.3.12 (Unix) secured_by_Raven/1.5.0
OK, so, they use JSPs, which probably means they're using Tomcat (or
GNUJSP -- now THAT would be cool), which are sort of the definition of
"on crack," being invented by insane XML-crazy Italians, but at least
it's on Apache.
DM> mail opt-in
And I quote (thanks to the magic of FAIR USE):
The BookSense.com family of sites is deeply committed to protecting
your privacy and your First Amendment rights, and this commitment
extends to the personal information you provide when you use one of
our sites. The personal information you submit to any BookSense.com
site will not be shared, sold, or disclosed to third parties in any
form, for any purposes, at any time unless we first have your
consent. This information includes, but is not limited to, your email
address. All our mailings conform to an opt-in policy, which means you
have to elect to receive information from us. You will never receive
unsolicited email from a BookSense.com site."
If you enjoyed this example of FAIR USE, please send $1 to Ruben Safir.
DM> 3. Good selection
DM> 4. Working access for browsers and users
What does this mean?
Anyways, you can also put in a book's ISBN as an URL, and come up
with a book listing. Not with all the fancy hoo-haw that you get with
an Amazon page ("FIND CDS BY SAUL BELLOW/FIND DVDS STARRING SAUL
BELLOW"), but they work.
The only funny part is the zip code thing, which isn't too fun for
international users. But otherwise, it's all there.
And, hell, independent bookstores, man! Fifth (behind copyleft, fair
use, public libraries, and Seth David Schoen) in line for defending
your right to access to information. Stalwarts of the information
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