Join the new AbeBooks' Affiliate Program to earn commission on textbooks, new, used, rare, and out-of-print books.

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  1. 1. Sign up for an Abebooks affiliate account

    Sign up for an account with Impact Radius. The service is free and sign up is easy. Or if you have already signed up, login here.


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  2. 2. Drive Traffic to AbeBooks

    We offer various methods to help promote AbeBooks on your site, including banners, promotional links,a custom link builder, data feeds, search boxes, and our inventory API - Search Web Services (SWS).

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  3. 3. Earn Commissions

    Earn 5% commission on sales that occur within 90 days*, and track your progress with reporting tools. Optimize your strategies by learning best practices.

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Who are we?

AbeBooks.com is an international marketplace for books. We work with thousands of independent booksellers in dozens of countries, and list millions upon millions of books. We offer a rich customer experience, and an enormous selection of textbooks and new, used, rare and out-of-print books at highly competitive prices.

Why will your buyers enjoy AbeBooks' offer?

  • Regular promotions: Free shipping, sales, coupons, holiday and textbook
  • Shipping often cheaper than Amazon. Many textbooks ship for free
  • Books available from USA, UK, Germany, France, Canada, Italy, Spain and over 50 more countries
  • All books available to ship to all countries

Why will you love working with AbeBooks?

  • 90 day cookie tracking
  • Dedicated account manager
  • Robust inventory API: Add multiple books to basket, search multiple ISBNs, parse by shipping rate or star rating
  • Downloadable data feeds
  • Commission 5% and up, negotiable based on volume

Questions?

If you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

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Affiliate Tools

AbeBooks.com offers numerous tools to ensure your success in the affiliate program, including:

  • Banners
  • Links
  • Search Web Services
  • Data Feeds

Banners

We offer banners of many shapes, sizes, and styles. To obtain banners, simply login, navigate to the "Campaigns & Ads" link on the left side of the page, and either "Search Ads" or click on "Veiw Ads" to choose the banner that suits your site. You can easily add a banner to your site by copying, and pasting the Impact Radius tracking tag-embedding code.

Links

Similar to our banners, we also offer pre-built links. We design our links to include catchy text, and to link to high-converting pages. To obtain text links, simply login, navigate to the "Campaigns & Ads" link on the left side of the page, and click on "Search Ads" or click on "Veiw Ads". You can easily add a link to your site by copying, and pasting the tracking tag-embedded code.

Search Web Services

Search Web Serices (SWS) is a search API that gives detailed, and real-time access to our inventory. Authorized affiliates can use the service to query our database, and immediately obtain detailed information about any of our listings. SWS is intended for the exclusive use of affiliates to drive traffic to one of the AbeBooks sites.

To gain access to SWS, please contact affiliate@abebooks.com, subject line "SWS Application" and include the following information:

  1. The IP address you'll use to make the requests
  2. Your website's URL
  3. Email Address
  4. Technical Contact Name
  5. Affiliate ID

Data Feeds

Our data feeds are large files that contain an organized, and filtered set of inventory listings. The feeds are updated twice weekly, and made available for download over FTP. Affiliates often use data feeds to facilitate a search of our inventory on a mass scale, and to drive traffic to appropriate listings on our site.

For more information, on data feeds, please email us at affiliate@abebooks.com

AbeBooks Affiliate Program FAQs:

Who are we?

AbeBooks.com is an international marketplace for books. We work with thousands of independent booksellers in dozens of countries, and list millions upon millions of books. We offer a rich customer experience, and an enormous selection of new, used, rare books, and textbooks at highly competitive prices.

Why partner with us?

We offer:

  • Dedicated account management
  • 5% commission*
  • 90 day cookie tracking
  • Make sales on all of AbeBooks' six domains through on account (AbeBooks.com, AbeBooks.co.uk, AbeBooks,it, Abebooks.fr, AbeBooks.de and IberLibro.com)
  • Robust affiliate tools, including:
    • Search Web Services (our inventory API)
    • Data Feeds
    • Banners and links

*The commission rate of 5% is paid on the first $500 of each successfully purchased item.

Example A:
If a single item is sold for $700, we will pay the affiliate 5% commission on the first $500.

Example B:
If two items are sold - each costing $350 - we will pay the affiliate 5% commission on $700.

Example C:
If two items are sold - one costing $700, and one costing $350 - we will pay the affiliate 5% commission on $850

Is there a program cost?

No. It is free to sign up for the AbeBooks affiliate program.

Are there any affiliate restrictions?

AbeBooks has a number of restrictions on PPC marketing:

1). PPC bidding on trademarked terms is prohibited. Trademarked terms include: abebook, abebooks, abe book, abe books, advanced book exchange, a b e books, abe com, abe's books, www.abebooks.com, abebooks.com, abe books, www.abebooks, etc.

Any word that contains the name AbeBooks or any misspellings is considered a trademark violation.

2). AbeBooks.com does not allow direct linking from search engines.

Violation of these terms may result in reversal of commissions and/or commissions being set to zero and in some cases removal from the program.

AbeBooks does not pay commissions for orders that used an invalid or unauthorized coupon code.

Does AbeBooks offer coupons?

We occasionally provide site-wide coupons to individual affiliates, small groups of affiliates, or to the network as a whole. Only specific affiliate-authorized coupons are commissionable. To be considered for an exclusive coupon, or semi-exclusive coupon, please email us at affiliate@abebooks.com.

What does AbeBooks look for in an affiliate site?

AbeBooks has a wide variety of affiliates participating in our program. Some of our most successful affiliates include price comparison sites, blogs, and shopping & promotion sites. We encourage diverse applicants to join, however we do not allow sites featuring objectionable material (including pornography, racist or sexist sites etc.) to be a part of our program.

When do I get paid?

Affiliates are paid through Impact Radius once a month. When you set up your account you can choose a threshold or specify a fixed day. All sales are locked one month and 8 days after the end of each month. Approved sales are paid 12 days after the locking period. Therefore, payments will be paid 50 days after the end of the month a sale took place.

How do you track purchases made by users from my web site?

When a visitor clicks on your AbeBooks.com link, a cookie is placed in their browser. This cookie has a life of 90 days after the most recent click. If the visitor completes the purchase on AbeBooks.com within the life of the cookie, the sale and commission will be attributed to you.

It is important to remember that the cookie may be overwritten if the visitor clicks on another affiliate’s AbeBooks link, for example:

A visitor arrives on AbeBooks.com through Site A’s affiliate link, but does not complete the purchase. Then, that same visitor goes to Site B, and arrives on AbeBooks.com through Site B’s affiliate link.

In this case, only Site B earns the commission as they had the last referring click.

As part of our new affiliate program Terms and Conditions, please be aware that we are introducing a new condition called “Recurring Transactions”. If a customer visits your site, clicks on an affiliate link, commission will be earned on the first three transactions placed by that customer during the 90 day cookie window. Each time a customer clicks an affiliate link to visit AbeBooks, we will reset the transaction count and the 90 day cookie window, and again continue to calculate commissions on the first three transactions from that click.

Does AbeBooks provide links, graphics, and banners?

Yes, we offer hundreds of different links, graphics, and banners. To obtain banners and links, simply login, navigate to the "Campaigns & Ads" link on the left side of the page, and either "Search Ads" or click on "View Ads" to choose the banner or link that suits your site. You can easily add a banner or link to your site by copying, and pasting the tracking tag-embedding code. The links, graphics, and banners are constantly being updated, so please check back often, or email us at affiliate@abebooks.com if you are unable to find the size, or style that you are looking for.

What is Search Web Services (SWS)?

The AbeBooks Search Web Services (SWS) allows users to gain direct, real-time access to our inventory. Users can run queries on various parameters such as ISBN, author, title, keyword, or publisher to obtain information about book prices, shipping prices, images, vendor descriptions, and more. Users can also fine-tune their search results by applying filters such as vendor location, book condition, seller rating etc.

By building custom applications, users can essentially re-create our search functions on their own websites. With millions of books in our catalogue, including inventory from AbeBooks.com, AbeBooks.co.uk, AbeBooks.de, AbeBooks.fr, AbeBooks.it, and IberLibro.com, SWS makes it possible to promote books from all over the world, on any topic, via one simple process.

How do I apply for Search Web Services (SWS)?

  1. Sign up for an AbeBooks affiliate account
  2. Contact affiliate@abebooks.com, subject line "SWS Application", and include the following information:
    • The IP address you’ll use to make the requests
    • URL
    • Email address
    • Technical contact name
    • Affiliate ID

We will review your application, and respond with an invitation to SWS upon approval.

What if I live outside the U.S.A., or Canada?

AbeBooks has affiliates who live all over the world. The new AbeBooks affiliate program allows affiliates to make sales on all of AbeBooks' six domains through one account.

What if I have multiple web sites or domains?

You can register as many sites as you choose with us. Sign up for one account and promote your sites to buyers around the world. The new program will track your sales per domain.

Who is Impact Radius?

AbeBooks’ has partnered with Impact Radius to operate its affiliate program, rather than a network. This creates a direct relationship with AbeBooks, as opposed to working together through a 3rd party network.  Impact Radius provides & maintains the affiliate platform technology and will act as payment processor to make payments for commissions earned.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to Contact Us.

Contact Us

At AbeBooks.com, we are dedicated to working closely with our affiliates. If you haven't found what you are looking for, or if you have any questions, please email us at affiliate@abebooks.com

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