To create a new listing in HomeBase 3.0:
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With your cursor on your Listings, right-click and select “Add”.
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Select the “File” menu and click “New Listing”.
After any one of the above options, the “Add Listing” window will open.
When you add a listing, you can create your own BookIDs or have HomeBase create them for you. If you would like to create your own BookIDs, you must set this option in HomeBase before you open a new listing:
In the ‘Add Listing’ window, there is an [ISBN Lookup] button to the right of the ISBN field. ISBN Lookup will allow you to auto-populate bibliographical details based on ISBN data.
- Publisher Name
- Publisher Year
- Publisher City
- Publisher Prov/State
- Publisher Country
- Page Count
- Select ‘Tools’ from the Menu bar, then ‘Options’.
- In the ‘ISBN Lookup’ tab, check the fields you want, uncheck those you don’t.
- Click [Close].
Instead of a status field, HomeBase 3.0 offers a ‘Quantity’field. A single copy of a book should be listed with a quantity of 1 to appear ‘for sale’ online. When it sells, change the quantity to 0 to mark the listing ‘Sold’ (and upload the change to AbeBooks).
Multiple copies of a book with identical bibliographic details and in the same condition should be listed using the Quantity (Qty) field.
Whether you manually enter an item’s details or you use the ISBN Lookup, there are certain fields that are required before a new Listing can be saved. Note that these are just the minimum required fields – AbeBooks recommends that you provide full and complete information for each listing.
Note: You can add your own, custom terms to the drop-down lists available in HomeBase, either during the import process or by following the steps below:
The more information you can provide about the item you’re selling, the better. All the details you provide in the ‘General’ tab, including the description, will be shown to potential buyers viewing your inventory on AbeBooks. (‘Private Notes’ are not displayed online.)
Click on the appropriate tabs to add a Synopsis, assign the listing to your Catalog(s), and to associate the listing to AbeBooks Categories.
By default, the ‘Send to AbeBooks’ option is checked. By un-checking this option, you are excluding the listing from your next upload. To upload the listing at a future date, you must re-open the listing and re-check the ‘Send to AbeBooks’ option.
There are four options when saving a Listing:
‘Save’ saves the current new Listing and does not close the current window. To save a listing, perform any one of the following:
‘New’ saves the current listing and opens a new ‘Add Listing’ window, ready for another new listing. Either:
‘Clone’ saves the current listing and opens a new ‘Add Listing’ window with all of the information saved for the current listing pre-populated for the new listing. (Item ID is not cloned.) Cloning is a good option if you are creating multiple listings of the same book, when condition and price are significantly different. To clone a listing either:
Don’t forget to change the fields that are different in the cloned listing before saving.
‘All Sticky’ is another way to clone a listing but allows you to clone only some, rather than all, fields. To clone some fields using ‘All Sticky’:
Statistical information for a listing can be found by selecting the ‘Statistics’ tab. This information is valuable when troubleshooting HomeBase inventory issues, i.e. if trying to determine when a listing was uploaded or why it isn’t appearing online.
When you close HomeBase 3.0, you’ll be prompted to ‘Send listing updates to AbeBooks?’ As long as you’re connected to the Internet; if you click ‘Yes’, all updates to existing listings, newly-added listings, and and books marked as ‘sold’ during your current session will be uploaded to AbeBooks via our Web Service. (If you’ve un-checked the ‘Send to AbeBooks’ option in any of your listings, they will not be uploaded.)
You can also send updates to AbeBooks at any time during a session by selecting ‘Tools’ from the menu bar, and then choosing either of: