Amazon.com is a well-known web retailer that specializes in books, music, movies, and many other products. Amazon has made a web service available that allows developers to interface with their database of products. A user can search for specific products, authors, artists, and so on. A query will return information (price, description, location, and so on) about the products that are found. This example demonstrates a Mathematica interface to the Amazon web service.
The Amazon web services are good demonstrations of using web services to retrieve data. This example searches the Amazon database for books written by certain authors, published by a certain manufacturer, or containing a certain keyword. The example code then places the results in a new notebook. The example has one option. Setting the option to True will force the code to retrieve and display the cover image of the book.