Product Type In AbeBooks Inventory Solutions

This page explains how to easily assign listings to specific product type search refinements using one of four, common AbeBooks Inventory Solutions:

Online Inventory Management System via your Seller Menu

Whenever you add or edit a listing using the Online Inventory Management System in your Members Menu, you can assign a product type to that listing. The product types are assigned to the Refinements shown on Search Result Pages as follows:

Product Type in Online Inventory Management System

Refinement on Search Result Page

Book Books
Map Maps
Manuscript Manuscripts & paper collectibles
Comic Comics
Magazine/Periodical Magazines & periodicals
Fine Art Print Art, prints & posters
Sheet Music Sheet Music
Photo Photographs

 

Click here to learn more about the Online Inventory Management System

HomeBase 3

When you add or update a listing in HomeBase 3, use the Listing Type Drop-Down Field to assign a product type. AbeBooks will map these listing types to Search Refinements as follows:

HomeBase 3 Listing Type

Product Type Search Refinement

Additional Search Refinement

Book – Advance Reading Copy/Proof unclassified
Book – Audio Book unclassified
Book – Book Book
Book – Electronic Book Book  eBook
Book – Ex-Library Book
Book – Remainder Book
Book – Textbook Book
Comic – Bound Comic/Digest Comics
Comic – Graphic Novels Comics
Comic – Manga Comics
Ephemera – Autograph Manuscripts & Paper Collectibles
Ephemera – Brochure Manuscripts & Paper Collectibles
Ephemera – Greeting Card Manuscripts & Paper Collectibles
Ephemera – Letter Manuscripts & Paper Collectibles
Ephemera – Paper Manuscripts & Paper Collectibles
Ephemera – Postcard Manuscripts & Paper Collectibles
Ephemera – Scrapbook Manuscripts & Paper Collectibles
Ephemera – Sheet music Sheet Music
Manuscript – Handwritten Manuscripts & Paper Collectibles
Manuscript – Typewritten Manuscripts & Paper Collectibles
Map/Print – Atlas Book
Map/Print – Drawing Fine Art Print
Map/Print – Map Maps
Map/Print – Painting Fine Art Print
Map/Print – Photographic Image Photo
Map/Print – Print Fine Art Print
Periodical – Index Magazines & Periodicals
Periodical – Journal Magazines & Periodicals
Periodical – Magazine Magazines & Periodicals
Periodical – Newspaper Magazines & Periodicals

HomeBase 2.3

There are two options:

  1. We encourage HomeBase 2.3 users interested in product type search refinements to upgrade to HomeBase 3 and take advantage of the extensive Listing Type field. Click here to download HomeBase 3.
  2. Alternatively, you may use the “Booktype” field in HomeBase 2.3 to mark specific listings as non-book items. You must use the following exact terms to make sure the product type is assigned correctly

Term to use in “Booktype” field in HomeBase 2.3

Refinement on Search Result Page

Book Books
Map Maps
Manuscript Manuscripts & paper collectibles
Comic Comics
Magazine/Periodical Magazines & periodicals
Fine Art Print Art, prints & posters
Sheet Music Sheet Music
Photo Photographs

 

AbeBooks Standard Inventory Template

If you send inventory files based on the AbeBooks Standard Inventory template, please use the instructions for the producttype field on the help page below:

Click here for instructions for using the producttype field

Note that if you modify your existing file format or field order, you must let AbeBooks Customer Support know before uploading your first modified file.

AbeBooks Inventory API

You may use the tag to transmit product type information. Note that you must use specific keywords listed in the “Keywords” Inventory API document to ensure that a listing is assigned to a product type search refinement.

Click here to learn more about inventory management for API and large volume sellers