3. Information Fields

AbeBooks offers booksellers several locations to enter key information that will assist with book sales. We expect all information listed in these fields to be true and accurate to the best of the bookseller’s knowledge.

a. Book Descriptions

Providing effective book descriptions attracts buyers and contributes to increased sales. Descriptions must include only information related to the book. At AbeBooks' discretion, listings containing non-book related information within the descriptions may be edited or removed.

  • Publisher
  • Year of publication
  • Place of publication
  • Condition
  • Edition
  • Binding
  • Dust jacket - yes or no
  • Condition of dust jacket
  • ISBN
  • Description of details otherwise not stated or implied by the above attributes

b. Terms of Sale

Booksellers may use the Terms of Sale field to state their business policies such as payment options, Return policies, and other important information potential buyers should know. The Terms of Sale are viewable on the book details page and on the bookseller's Storefront. Terms of Sale cannot conflict with the terms outlined in the AbeBooks Bookseller Agreement, AbeBooks Bookseller Policies, or the AbeBooks Returns policy.

c. Shipping Terms

The Shipping Terms field allows booksellers to communicate their shipping information to buyers. This can include average weight of a book, how items are packaged, whether pricing includes tracking, etc. Shipping Terms are viewable on the book details page and on the bookseller's Storefront. Shipping Terms cannot conflict with the terms outlined in the AbeBooks Bookseller Agreement, AbeBooks Bookseller Policies, or the AbeBooks Returns policy.

d. Inappropriate Use of Information Fields

All information must be provided only in the fields designated for it; information about shipping and returns cannot appear in a book’s description. No fields can contain information contradictory to AbeBooks’ policies. AbeBooks will, at our discretion, review and edit these fields to remove HTML code and any unacceptable text.

Contact information must only be included in the specified contact information fields. AbeBooks provides designated fields for the following information:

  • Email address
  • Phone and fax number
  • Website URL
  • Terms of Sale
  • Shipping Terms

e. Redirection

Booksellers may not redirect buyers by any means to another web site or alternative sales channel as an alternative to AbeBooks for making their purchases. Any bookseller found to be redirecting customers to another web site or alternate sales channel is subject to a warning and possible removal from the AbeBooks web sites, at the discretion of AbeBooks.

In addition, booksellers may not include email addresses or web site URLs in any field other than those specifically intended for them.

Examples of redirection include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Bookstore name: MyBookstore.com; MyBookstoreDotCom; www.MyBookstore; wwwDotMyBookstore.
  • Terms of Sale: Discounts for direct orders. For details email bookseller@mybookstore.com. We guarantee all books as described or money refunded through www.MyBookstore.com.
  • Shipping Terms: Reduced shipping available on smaller items with prior contact at sales@mybookstore.com ~OR~ salesATmybookstore.com.
  • Image Watermark: Image watermarks that consist of website URLs or email addresses are not permitted.