The Learning Curve

New tricks for an old dog.

What is Amazon.com up to?

I recently noticed that Amazon.com has changed the general schema it uses for naming the image files associated with books and other products. Up until just a few weeks ago the image of a book cover on Amazon.com, for example, would have the 10-digit ISBN as the first 10 digits of the .jpg file for that image. Likewise, non-book products would have the Amazon.com product identification number as part of the product image file.

It was a very handy feature, and I liked it. The ISBN or the Amazon ID number have been, and still are, an essential part of the URL link to the book or product, respectively, so it used to be that working from an Amazon image to a link for the product page was simplicity itself.

Now, all of that has gone out the window.

I suspect that making this change involved some substantial effort that would not have been undertaken by Amazon unless they had a really good reason to do so.

I just can’t even come up with a good guess as to what that reason might be.

Of course, there’s always a chance that the answer is common knowledge, and that everyone but me knows what it is.

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Written by Tom Fox

05/11/2007 at 8:14 am

Posted in Amazon.com

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