How To Become An AbeBooks Bookseller

Thousands of booksellers in more than 50 countries already sell their books via the AbeBooks websites and you could join them.

Launched in 1996, AbeBooks has six sites dedicated to North America, the UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy, plus dedicated pages for Canada and Australia/New Zealand, where your books will be offered to buyers around the world.

Our mission at AbeBooks is to help people find and buy any book from any bookseller anywhere. We offer essential services and opportunities not available to booksellers through any other marketplace.


Fees & Benefits


Becoming a bookseller on the AbeBooks marketplace is easy and affordable. Our monthly subscription fees start at just US $25 per month.

If you have only 1 or 2 books to sell, or if you are looking to sell back a textbook, you may be interested in our buyback program, or a bookseller near you may offer appraisal services.

   Learn more about AbeBooks fees and charges


AbeBooks offers the following great services and benefits to all of our booksellers:

  • The freedom to set book prices and shipping rates
  • Weekly payments via electronic funds transfer
  • A customizable Storefront, with a unique URL that you can provide to buyers, where they can search or browse your inventory exclusively
  • HomeBase, our free inventory management software
  • First-class Customer Support


Inventory Management Options


During the application process, you will be asked to let us know how you plan to provide your book listings to AbeBooks. We can accept listings in a variety of formats, from almost any inventory management system, including:

  • Our Online Inventory Management System, ideal for sellers with only a few books to list
  • HomeBase, AbeBooks’ free inventory management software, with complete technical support for registered booksellers
  • FillZ, a premier online inventory and order management system that allows you to re-price inventory, and process orders simultaneously on up to 20 different marketplaces
  • BookTrakker, BookHound, Art of Books, Monsoon, and other third-party inventory management systems
  • Directly from your custom spreadsheet or database program
  • API and FTPS inventory management for large volume sellers

If you have any questions about your inventory management options, a member of our Customer Support team would be happy to help you determine the inventory management method that best suits your needs.


Submitting Your Application


Once you have determined that AbeBooks is right for you, joining our online marketplace is easy – you just need to create an AbeBooks buyer account before beginning our registration process.

You should also have ready:

  • Your contact information including the name of your bookselling business, a phone number, an address, and an email address
  • Your credit card (for subscription fees)
  • Your bank information (to receive payments)
  • Your tax information (e.g. EIN, SSN, VAT, or GST)
  • A description of your bookselling business and the types of books you will offer
  • If applicable, your seller promotional code (see terms and conditions)

Your completed application will be forwarded to our Registrations team. If they have any questions about your application, they may contact you prior to activating your account.

Application processing typically takes 1-2 business days, but may be slightly longer depending on the volume of applications we receive.

As soon as your application has been processed, your account will be activated, and you will receive an email welcoming you to the AbeBooks marketplace!


   Submit your bookseller application now!