There are several ways to upload book records, to add new listings and remove sold books, as well as to update existing listings. AbeBooks accepts files created in almost any type of inventory management system or spreadsheet/database program, but files sent to AbeBooks must be in a tab delimited text format. You must let us know what type of file you will be using before you send your first file. If you change your file type at a later date, you must also let us know. Simply contact Customer Support.
Files can be uploaded through your [My Account] page but you can also use FTPS (file transfer protocol secure) or upload directly from HomeBase 3.0 – our own inventory management software. New sellers will be asked what inventory upload method they intend to use during the registration process.
When you sell a book in your bookstore or on another marketplace, it is vital that you remove the book from AbeBooks. You must also be careful not to accidentally re-upload books that have been previously sold.
New sellers uploading their first inventory file, or existing sellers uploading in a new format, must notify Customer Support and provide:
FTPS allows you to securely transfer files from one computer to another over the Internet.
HomeBase 3.0 and 2.3.30 include built-in upload features. If you are not using HomeBase, you will need to install FTPS software. Free examples include FileZilla and Cyberduck, which are suitable for Mac or PC users.
To protect the security of your information, AbeBooks will only accept files via FTP Secure (FTPS), and not FTP. Ensure your software’s security or protocol field is set to ‘explicit FTP over TLS’.
This might be phrased differently depending on your program, but the key terms to look for are ‘explicit’ and ‘FTP over TLS’. Some examples are:
Cyberduck: FTP-SSL (Explicit AUTH TLS)
FileZilla: Require explicit FTP over TLS
Transmit: FTP with TLS/SSL
Follow your software’s instructions for uploading a file – the parameter settings are as follows:
FTP name – ftp.AbeBooks.com
User ID – Your AbeBooks UserID. Enter it in UPPERCASE with no spaces. Your UserID is not your AbeBooks email address. If you don’t know your UserID, go to [My Account] and click ‘Account Details’ under ‘My Personal Information’. Your UserID will be displayed at the top of the page.
Password – Your AbeBooks Password, which is case-sensitive