Amazon Standard Identification Number

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An Amazon Standard Identification Number (ASIN) is a 10-character alphanumeric unique identifier assigned by Amazon.com and its partners for product identification within the Amazon organization. [1]

Usage and structure

Each product sold on Amazon.com is given a unique ASIN. For books with a 10-digit International Standard Book Number (ISBN), the ASIN and the ISBN are the same. [2] The Kindle edition of a book will not use its ISBN as the ASIN, although the electronic version of a book may have its own ISBN. The ASIN forms part of the URL of a product detail page on Amazon's website. [3]

If one knows the ASIN of any product on Amazon, one can access its Amazon page easily by appending it (adding it to the very end) of the following URL:

http://amzn.com/[ASIN]

Note that the above is not a valid URL; a correct ASIN must be inserted at the location of the [ASIN] placeholder.

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References

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  2. "FAQ: ISBN-13 for Amazon Associates". Affiliate-Program.Amazon.com. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
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