How do I Categorize My Listings?

When buyers click the Browse link in the red bar at the top of any AbeBooks web page, or through the ‘Browse for Books’ section in the left-sidebar, they can browse books by subject based on a standardized category list.

If your listings are categorized, the Categories you’ve used will also be displayed on your Storefront, allowing buyers to browse your inventory exclusively.

Search engines also access and index listings through the Categories on our ‘Browse’ pages and seller Storefronts, making your books easier for buyers to find.

Categories are automatically assigned based on ISBN matching. You can also add Categories yourself, by adding category numbers in a dedicated ‘Category’ field, or through the Online Inventory Management system. You can assign up to 10 categories to each listing.

The standardized list of Categories is available to you as a reference tool. You can view the list online through your AbeBooks Bookseller account or you can download the list to your computer.

Viewing the Categories List

  1. Sign on to your AbeBooks account with your email address and password.
  2. Select [Download AbeBooks Categories] in the ‘My Downloads’ section of the Menu.

You’ll see the full list of categories on the left side of the page. Just click the [+] symbols to view sub-categories. Note that only sub-categories can be assigned to a listing.

Downloading the Browse Category List

The AbeBooks Browse Categories list is also available in a pipe-delimited text file for download.

The list includes the AbeBooks Category names, ID numbers, as well as the associated Book Industry Standards and Communications (BISAC) and Muze categories.

The option to download is available on the right-side of the screen.

  1. Right-click the “Download Category List” link.
  2. Choose the [Save as...] option to download a copy to your computer.

If you’re using the file for reference purposes, the saved file is in text format and can be opened in a word processing program or in Microsoft Notepad. If you’re familiar with a spreadsheet program such as Microsoft Excel, you can import the file to view it there as well.

Information in the File

Each line in the file corresponds to one subcategory. The file includes the following fields:

AbeBooks Category Group ID: This is the number assigned to each category in our database. Use this number in your Category field to categorize a listing.

Parent ID: This is the ID of the top-level category for a sub-category.

Category Name: This is the category or sub-category name as it appears on the Web site.

Category Path: You can tell which top-level category a sub-category is in by reading this path.

BISAC Category Code: If there is a corresponding BISAC category code, we list it here.

Muze Category ID: If there is a corresponding Muze category, we list it here.

Is Leaf: This field is filled in with either “T” for true or “F” for false. You can assign your listings to “T” categories, but not to “F” as they are on the top-level.

For example:

3109|44|Camping|/Sports & Recreation/Camping|SPO009000||T|

To add the category ‘Camping’ to a listing, you would add the category number 3109 to your dedicated Category field. Note that only numbers can be used in a Category field.