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Kindle Daily Deal Grabber by BOP5
Mod Version: 2.1.4, by BirdOPrey5 (Moderator) BirdOPrey5 is offline
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vB Version: 4.x.x Rating: (5 votes - 5.00 average) Installs: 31
Released: 24 Mar 2012 Last Update: 14 Jan 2013 Downloads: 108
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Version 2.1.4

Compatible with VB 3.7.x, VB 3.8.x, and VB 4.x.x.

Now compatible with Amazon.com, Amazon.uk and Amazon.de!

Every day Amazon has "daily deal" on one or more Amazon Kindle ebooks. This deal will usually reduce the price of an ebook to only $0.99 to $1.99, which is a signficant savings off the regular price.

Recently they started including a daily deal for kids or teens as well.

Amazon allows you to sign up for an email notice of the deal but they are notoriously unreliable. Amazon does NOT offer an official RSS feed of the daily deal either.

This mod will grab the info of each daily deal straight from Amazon and post it to your forum as either a new thread or a new post in an existing thread.

VB4 Demo: Kindle Daily Deal at Qapla.com Forum
VB3 Demo: Kindle Daily Deal at Joe's Ultimate Off Topic

You can completely customize how the post will read using an easy replacement system above.

This mod relies on Amazon providing consistent pages and data. In my testing it works the vast majority of the time. However there is no guarantee it will work all the time on every daily deal. I have done my best to always at least provide a link to the deal even if other info is unavailable but I can't guarantee it will always work.

This mod relies on a scheduled task to run daily. Amazon usually posts the deal by 12 AM Pacific Time. You may need to go to Admin CP -> Scheduled Tasks -> Scheduled Tasks Manager to set a more appropriate time for this task to run on your forum. (Sometimes they are late in posting the deal though so I suggest waiting until at least 2AM Pacific Time to run it. )


Affiliate ID: This mod provides the site Admin the option for providing their own Amazon affiliate ID. If no affiliate ID is provided, my affiliate ID will be used.

If you have viglinks or skimlinks installed on your forum be sure you have the option to overwrite amazon affiliate ids turned on- both companies offer this option.


If upgrading from a 1.x version it is strongly recommended you uninstall the old version first. If you do not you will need to manually edit the Post Content settings to the new value.

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Old 24 Mar 2012, 15:37
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Old 24 Mar 2012, 15:41
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Are the books random or can you set it to be related to your forum niche?
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Old 24 Mar 2012, 15:44
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The books are chosen by Amazon, you have no control.
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Old 24 Mar 2012, 16:35
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Nice. I like how the images appear in my scroller as well.

Thanks
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Old 24 Mar 2012, 18:03
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Cool stuff, thanks.
When do you expect the German version working?

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Old 24 Mar 2012, 19:10
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German and UK versions are about 50% done, working on them together... I don't have an exact date though- probably needs me to commit a good day to polish them off.
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Old 25 Mar 2012, 13:51
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Like it

Thank you BOP5
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Old 25 Mar 2012, 14:33
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Waiting for german-version
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Old 26 Mar 2012, 09:01
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Updated to version 1.01 that will fix today's broken image. (Going forward.)

Sorry about this... after 2 weeks of testing with never having a problem with the image, today Amazon added a % sign to the filename, threw everything off.

If you want, re-run the scheduled task and you should get the deal with the working picture, then you can delete the old post with the broken image.

All you really need to upgrade is to upload and overwrite the cron job php file... You don't need to re-import the xml file, the only change to the xml is the version number.
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Old 27 Mar 2012, 14:38
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Originally Posted by Ramsesx View Post
Cool stuff, thanks.
When do you expect the German version working?
(Heh! I just saw this mod and came in here to scope it out for you. No need to PM you the link now.

Good luck with the German one! Great idea.

Is there any other information that can be accessible, e.g. subject or genre? That would be ideal in order to not display irrelevant daily deals. Since the Author field is there, do you think a future version would allow a config to only match predefined authors?
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Old 27 Mar 2012, 15:15
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I suppose it is technically possible to filter by author but as a matter of being practical- I don't believe they repeat authors all that often... You'd literally be trying to guess at a handful from a pool of millions.

I suppose there could be an option that the title, author, and description fields were searched for keywords you specify, and if any of those were found, then it would post the deal- a lot like the RSS feed search works.

I will try and work that in but I probably won't delay a UK/German release to add that feature.
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Old 27 Mar 2012, 17:45
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This is great THANK YOU!

Any plans for a Free Amazon App of the Day version?
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Old 27 Mar 2012, 18:19
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Amazon App of The Day is best done via the RSS Feed: http://geekexile.com/amazon_rss.php

No need to re-invent the wheel, it will do basically the same as this.
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Old 27 Mar 2012, 18:23
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You could do that, but what I like about your mod is it posts everything in the same thread instead of creating a new thread every day.

Also the RSS feed does not seem to contain a link you can click on to get the app.
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