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    I'm trying to figure out if there is a way to order searches. For example, if I search on a string, can I present the results by most recent or best selling or highest "star" rating?

    A &sort=+salesrank after the keyword=string seems to do the best selling... but not too sure... or how to really tell if it does work. As for the other two, I'm not sure at all.

    Any help or suggestions greatly appreciated

    Keith Palmgren
    Keith@NetIP.com
    www.NetIP.com

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    To sort by "Bestselling", use &sort=+salesrank or do not specify any sort parameter (AWS documentation claims that the default sort criteria is +salesrank).

    To sort books by Average Customer Review, use &sort=+reviewrank such as:
    http://www.bime.com/cgi-bin/amazon.pl?sort=+reviewrank
    But there might be a problem with Amazon.com Web Services (AWS) because when I try this link, the sort seems to be approximate rather than exact. Perhaps people were posting reviews just as I requested the results This is an AWS problem. The AWS documentation shows +reviewrank only for Books (mode=books).

    To sort books by Publication Date, use &sort=+daterank such as:
    http://www.bime.com/cgi-bin/amazon.pl?sort=+daterank
    However, this sort type is practically use because Amazon.com has incorrect publication dates in some of its products (click on a few of the products at the above link -- I found some with dates like 2021 and 2037! ) This is an Amazon.com problem.

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    Interesting... apparently, AWS has some sort of problem with sales rank as well. Either with or without the &sort=+salesrank included in the script, I get the same incorrect results.

    On http://www.netip.com/books/cissp_prep.htm, the first book listed is ranked 636, the second is 3,393, the fourth is 10,160. This seems to be OK until you look at the last (14th) book which is ranked 1,337. Best I can tell, it should be listed third or fourth, not 14th.

    I get something similar on
    http://www.netip.com/books/firewall.htm
    where the first book is ranked 2,130 but the second is ranked 1,274.

    From everything I can see, this is an AWS problem and not an amazon.pl problem. If you see anything I don't, please clue me in.

    Thanx for the great assistance as always David!

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