We have prepared a quick checklist of everything you need to get started selling on AbeBooks.

  • Step 1 - All about your bookstore on AbeBooks
  • Step 2 - Your books - here, there and everywhere
  • Step 3 - Start the ball rolling!
  • Step 4 - What happens next?

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Step 1

All about your bookstore on AbeBooks

Your bookstore information is a window into your shop. Preparing the following information before submitting your Bookseller application will ensure you are ready to provide buyers with complete and accurate information as soon as possible after your account is activated.

  • Terms of Sale and Shipping Terms:

    AbeBooks provides default terms of sale and shipping terms, however booksellers may customize these fields to state their unique business and shipping policies. These are viewable on the book details page for each of your listings, as well as on your AbeBooks Storefront. All Terms of Sale and Shipping Terms must adhere to the terms outlined in the AbeBooks Bookseller Agreement and the AbeBooks Returns Policy.

    To see examples, please search for a book on AbeBooks and click on the bookseller name in the search results.

  • Payment Methods Offered to Buyers:

    The methods of payments that you accept are displayed to the buyer during the purchase process. Our external payment service provider will process credit card payments on your behalf. Once your bookseller account is activated, you will have the ability to add additional payment methods, such as check or money order.

    An external payment service fee is charged on all credit card transactions processed by our external payment service provider.

  • Shipping Rates:

    Our Shipping Matrix is unique within the bookselling industry and is designed to meet the needs of booksellers in the international marketplace. The shipping matrix is pre-populated with default shipping rates and speeds for both domestic and international destinations, however, as soon as your bookseller application has been processed and your account is activated, you will be able to update the matrix to suit your specific business needs.

    Your shipping rates and speeds are displayed to buyers in search results, on the Book Details page for each listing, and in the Shopping Basket.


Step 2

Your Books - Here, There and Everywhere!

Enter your book listings into your selected inventory management system. We recommend HomeBase, AbeBooks’ free inventory management software. HomeBase has been designed to work with AbeBooks but can be used with other online marketplaces as well. Download AbeBooks HomeBase.

If using a spreadsheet or other software, please confirm that your listing format complies with AbeBooks data requirements.

If you prefer to enter your listings directly online, through your AbeBooks bookseller account, you will need to register first and begin listing your books after your account has been activated. Note that monthly subscription fees apply immediately upon activation, even if you have zero books online to start.

If you have any questions, please contact us.


Step 3

Start the Ball Rolling!

Complete the AbeBooks Bookseller Registration Form.

The information you will need to provide us is:

  • Your Contact Information — including full name, the name of your business, address, telephone number, and email address. Depending on the nature of your business, additional information may be required.
  • Your Tax Information — e.g. EIN, SSN, VAT, or GST.
  • Your Bank Details — to receive payment for your sales
  • Credit Card Details — you must have a credit card on file to register.

Access our Bookseller Registration Form


Step 4

What Happens Next?

Once you've submitted your application, our Registrations team will review your information and notify you by email as soon as your bookseller account has been activated, usually within 2 business days.

In the meantime, you might like to read more about Getting Started With AbeBooks. A great resource for new sellers, this guide provides a summary of important information about listing and selling on AbeBooks, including links to additional details.

Have questions? Contact AbeBooks Customer Support.

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