Ettore Pasquini Ettore's Comments (member since Oct 26, 2010)


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Aug 12, 2014 03:40PM

8095 You would need to use the book#show api.
Aug 12, 2014 03:33PM

8095 agree -- my only answer at this point is to wait for the ticket to be fixed. We'll update this topic when that happens.
Sorry for these issues!
Aug 06, 2014 11:47AM

8095 I'm not familiar at all with Node.js so I can't provide much help there.

However, can you inspect the actual Authentication header in the request and see if it's similar to that of the requests that do work?
Jul 11, 2014 04:51PM

8095 actually, upon further investigation it seems like the api works but reports an incorrect MIME type (application/xml, while it should be plain text). In fact, the HTTP status code of the sample URL is 200 in my testing.

I still filed a ticket to fix the response MIME type.
Jul 11, 2014 04:40PM

8095 Hi Sobh, that api looks broken. I'll file a ticket to investigate on/fix it.
Jul 11, 2014 04:28PM

8095 oh I see what you mean (maybe):

The sample URL is in the following format in the api docs:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/list...

You are right that the URL in the api docs is a little different:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/list...

The way you specify the xml format should be equivalent:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/list...

I tested this using KEY authorization though, for a user who is not private and all the above methods work.

The latter seems like is working for you, but I'll file a ticket to fix the other cases (All the above methods should be equivalent and should all work)

About last question: did you set a application name under https://www.goodreads.com/api/keys ?
Jul 11, 2014 04:05PM

8095 did you notice a "memory" problem? i.e. does this happen only if you repeat the same request twice after a couple seconds? What if you submit 2 requests to the same api endpoint but using different params (still using a couple seconds interval between one and the other)?
Jun 03, 2014 11:09AM

8095 Hi Rosen, Amazon doesn't issue ISBNs for Kindle books, only ASINs.

Unfortunately book/review_counts only works with ISBNs at the moment. You can use the book/show or book/title api to get book data (including ratings) on a per book basis.
Apr 26, 2014 12:54PM

8095 The problem is that depending on how we obtained the metadata for that particular book we may not be allowed to display the book cover via the api. Unfortunately this is a contractual/legal restriction and there's not much we can do about this.
Apr 26, 2014 12:47PM

8095 Not directly. Can you please email support@goodreads.com explaining your use case?
Apr 26, 2014 12:44PM

8095 can you please post a snippet of the code that you're using to submit the request?
Apr 26, 2014 12:42PM

8095 Honestly I wouldn't say it's the best example of a RESTful api. We're definitely aiming in that direction but the main value of our api is to provide access to our community reviews and book metadata.
8095 Hi Nick, sorry it took some time to get back to you.

To you original question about getting reviews without using the iframe solution: Can you please email support@goodreads.com explaining your use case? They will take it from there.
Apr 14, 2014 04:12PM

8095 Docs should be updated next time we release.

BTW what version of the oauth gem are you using?
8095 Can you please post an example of the actual request you're submitting and how you are submitting it? E.g. a easy way to test OAuth requests is using Postman, an extension for google chrome.
Apr 14, 2014 01:04PM

8095 Thank you for letting us know! we'll update the docs.
Apr 04, 2014 11:13AM

8095 Here's a more detailed reply to your questions.

All Kindle books should have an ASIN, but non-kindle ebooks won't.

Also, many physical books use the ISBN as the ASIN, so there is not a separate ASIN for the book.

Currently review/list does not return ASINs, so the only way would be to use book/show, unfortunately.

Hope this helps.
Apr 03, 2014 10:56PM

8095 Can you post an example here of a ebook without ISBN?
8095 Hey Nick,
let me circle back to you about the getting the top 5 reviews of a book without using the review widget.
Regarding the widget itself, sure, being HTML you can style it however you want to make it look better in a UIWebView.
Apr 03, 2014 10:40PM

8095 Hi Stefan, sorry for the delay. Our tests for that api check out, so I'm not sure what's happening. I know that there are some clients that have problems in submitting requests that include square brackets in parameters, so that could be something to look into: make sure the framework you're using to submit requests supports them. There are some posts in this forum that talk about that.


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