A couple of years ago I wrote and released a Ruby on Rails plugin called loads_from_amazon. It made it relatively simple to populate a model with data based on an amazon search, and was very helpful in the project I was then working on.
That project ended and I’ve not had time to maintain the plugin since. It was based on a clunky amazon ECS library and I kept meaning to rewrite it to sit on something more up to date, like amazon-ecs, but the time never materialised.
Today I stumbled upon acts_as_amazon_product which looks like it does everything my plugin did, and more. If you’re looking for that functionality, it seems like that’s the place to go.