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Neat trick I found using for book reviews

Feb 18

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Thursday, February 18, 2010 9:53 PM  RssIcon

Amazon.caHave you ever gone to (or any other site only to be disappointed with no reviews for the books your looking at?  Check this out for a cool trick to help you peek into those reviews!

Amazon book listing on the .ca siteAmazon.caToday I was looking for a book, I found it on at a GREAT price! (no, I'm not advertising for them)  Awesome writeup!  Great price.  Even recommended by SG.  So what's my malfunction?  My problem was I couldn't see any reviews.  HUH?  What?  It's been out for a little while, and I just KNOW people have made some comments on the topic, so why can't I see any? 

What's that?  Wait a sec?  Ok, let me take a step back.  Yes, Amazon does have a few books without reviews, but ONLY in some countries.  HUH?  "What you talk'n about Willis?"  Here's what I mean.  Here's a screen cap of the ".ca" site (click for full view).  See?  No reviews. site without reviews

Now, here's the trick!!!!!!  Change JUST the ".ca" to ".com" and you'll see the EXACT same info, EXCEPT for it coming from Amazon USA AND with comments/reviews! site with reviews

I don't know why Amazon just doesn't link up ALL the reviews, or even better split up the Reviews into Country and World sections.  Wouldn't that be cool to see what an Italian thinks about a Mexican cooking book?  Or what a Canadian thinks about a Chinese archictecture book?  And hey, if it DOESN'T matter to you, at least there's only one place to goto for reviews/comments, right where you are!

Here, I'll put both of the URLS side by side to make sure you don't think I'm pulling any "Chris Angel" here.  Here is the link which does not have any reviews associated with it (well, none as of today that is).

And here's the very same link on the site (the American one).

Same thing, except for the ".ca" and the ".com".  SO!  The next time your poking around looking for your favourite book but don't find any reviews, just change a few characters and BINGO!  You're reading (hopefully) lots of reviews and able to better judge for yourself if you want to buy that book.

Now that you know how to get your reviews to judge if that next book is worth every penny, it's time to go grab a coffee and get coding!


Resources: iPhone SDK Programming: A Beginner's Guide (link without reviews) iPhone SDK Programming: A Beginner's Guide (link with reviews)


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4 comment(s) so far...

Re: Neat trick I found using for book reviews

This is the *same sort of* thing that is on the Apple App Store. The reviews and rating you see for each app is ONLY for that particular country's App store you are connected to. You can go to the US App Store and see 40 reviews on an app and then go to the Canada App Store and see "not enough people have rated this yet" message.

I understand the different tastes of the various countries but there should be an option to see the "sum" of all ratings/reviews, if the viewer would like to see them.

By Shane on   Thursday, February 18, 2010 11:40 PM

Re: Neat trick I found using for book reviews

re should be an option
I COMPLETELY agree! Make it a checkbox, make it a hyperlink with AJAX to load reviews in, etc, I don't care! If there's reviews, let us see them!!!!!!!!!! Hallelujah! :> LOL

PS Why don't you register, then you don't have wait for that "tyrant sysadmin" to approve the comments? :> LOL

By phenry on   Thursday, February 18, 2010 11:42 PM

Re: Discriminates Agains Sony DSLR buyers

As A Sony DSLT Camera(s) fan, I find Amazon does not sell directly to Canadians on-line. the .com site refuses sales to Canada and the .ca site just does'nt show them at all. This seems a great discrimination against Canadians by completely ignoring the "showing" or "selling" that usually honor Canadian customers with these product offerings. offers Canon and Nikon and sells to Canadians on-line. why do they discriminate against Sony?

By Polycarp; in Canada on   Thursday, March 15, 2012 12:34 PM

Re: Neat trick I found using for book reviews

My only guess is certain products either aren't allowed into the country, or haven't passed our stringent tests? I don't think it's a Sony vs CAN kind of thing, more that they just can't those products north of the border. Just odd, like you say. Thanks for commenting. Have a good weekend Polycarp.

By Peter Henry on   Saturday, March 17, 2012 11:34 AM

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