Compact Amazon Wishlists

Amazon Web Services

I tend to use the wishlist feature at Amazon mostly to keep a record of books I’m interested in but aren’t necessarily ready to buy at the moment. I like to print a copy of the list to keep in my wallet for when I happen to be in a bookstore, but even the compact version of the printed wishlist tends to be too bulky.

To make a nicer layout, I put together an interface to Amazon Web Services that produces a cleanly formatted, super-compact version of a wishlist that contains only the main title of the book (without the subtitle, i.e., everything after the ubiquitous colon), the author’s name and Amazon’s current price.

Source Code

The stylesheet source and details behind its functionality are here.

View Public Wishlists by Email Address

Enter the email address known by Amazon to select the public wishlists for that user. Lists from US, UK and Canadian sites are returned.

Email Address:

This will return a page showing the wishlists on different sites, as well as links for producing the compact list (and PDF index cards.) When the list is actually printed out, only the wishlist itself is printed, not any of the site masthead, etc. View using “Print Preview” to see what the actual output would be. This can be easily trimmed with scissors and stored away for easy retrieval.

The link to the compact list can be bookmarked as it reloads the wishlist directly from Amazon each time, so it automatically stays up to date.

As an example, my public “Books” wishlist is here.

There are a few other tools I’ve been playing with here.

» Posted: Friday, June 1, 2007 | Comments (7) | Permanent Link


Convenient. Any code?

» Posted by David S. on June 4, 2007 08:32 AM

Most of it is done with XSLT. There’s a small component that actually executes the transformation, but that’s trivial and can be done with any framework.

I’m putting something together that walks through the stylesheet in detail and will post it in the next day or two. I’ll post an update here with it’s ready.

» Posted by winter on June 5, 2007 09:45 AM

I just wanted to thank you for producing this website. It has saved my bacon many a times when I wanted to make a print out of my books to look over. :)

» Posted by Ali S. on June 23, 2008 05:01 AM

Let me start by saying this is by far the coolest webapp I’ve seen in a loooooong time. I have been looking for something to help me organize my wishlist for way too long. My only suggestion on how to make this much more awesome. This ability to EXPORT TO EXCEL. Thanks again!

» Posted by Wesley Gallagher on August 7, 2008 02:27 PM

Excellent website, with really slick apps.
One minor request; would it be difficult to add the ISBN-10 as a column to the compact Amazon wishlist page?
Kind regards, Pete

» Posted by Pete on September 1, 2008 05:38 PM

Nice script — is there any way to get the XSLT to sort the results, e.g. by author name?

» Posted by Ramon on September 28, 2008 03:09 PM

other wishlist! i fogrot to mention that if you have a wishlist please link it in the comments and i will link you in my blog! thank you to those who have linked mine! Dez Manda

» Posted by Tiago on December 26, 2012 11:48 AM