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isbn provides utilities for handling international standard book numbers. The isbn egg consists of two modules: isbn for validating isbns and isbndb for querying the database at http://isbndb.com. For this you need to provide an api key which is free of charge:
In line with the long term vision of the ISBNdb.com project the access to the data from individuals should be free of charge. In reality, this is extended to even broader range of application -- as long as the application does not send an excessive amount of requests and meets our pretty liberal terms and conditions -- most uses are OK, individual, research or commercial. source
(require-extension isbn) (require-extension isbndb)
normalize-isbn[procedure] (normalize-isbn STRING)
Reduces the ISBN string to the allowed "compressed" format without spaces or dashes as separators.
valid-isbn?[procedure] (valid-isbn? STRING)
Checks ISBN-10 and ISBN-13 numbers by normalizing them and running the checksums agains the numbers.
#;1> (normalize-isbn "978-3854523871") "9783854523871" #;2> (valid-isbn? "978-3854523871") #t
Parameters: The API key & DB base URL[parameter] (api-key STRING)
The isbndb web api requires you to register on the site to aquire a database key. Registration is instant and can be done here.[parameter] (database-url STRING)
URL of the base API URL, in case this should ever change. Default: http://isbndb.com.
isbn->alist[procedure] (isbn->alist STRING)
Queries the isdndb for an entry belonging to the ISBN string. No ISBN validation is done at this stage. Returns an alist containing title, authors, long title, publisher. Returns an empty list if no entry could be found.
#;1> (isbn->alist "978-0262011532") (((title . "Structure and interpretation of computer programs") (authors ("Harold Abelson and Gerald Jay Sussman, with Julie Sussman; foreword by Alan J. Perlis")) (publisher "Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press ; c1996.")))
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