If you are creating your inventory files in a spreadsheet or database program, in order for your uploads to be successful, the structure of the file must remain consistent and the headings must not be modified.
The format of your file must be communicated to AbeBooks prior to your first upload. You must also notify AbeBooks Customer Support in advance if you plan to change the format or layout of your inventory files. If notification is not provided, the AbeBooks system will not recognize the changes and file processing will fail.
If you already list your books with Amazon, you may export an inventory file from your Amazon account and upload it to AbeBooks:
To optimize the way your inventory appears in the search results, certain fields require exact terms, which we have provided in the Notes section of the table below. These fields are marked with an asterisk (*).
We recommend that you refrain from using abbreviations, which are not generally understood by most buyers when searching for books.
The fields in red are mandatory. Any additional descriptive information should be added to the Description Field.
Note on Product Types: If you sell non-book items (art, comics, ephemera, magazines, maps, etc.) please always indicate the product type using the designated terms in the producttype field. Use the author field to indicate the name of the artist (or composer, photographer, etc.).
|Field Header||Maximum Characters||Description||Notes|
|listingid||40||Unique code for each item||Important: this code should never be reused for a different item|
|title||750||Title (and sub-title)|
|author||750||Name of the Author, Artist, Composer etc.||Recommended Format: Surname, First Name|
|illustrator||255||Name of the Illustrator||Recommended Format: Surname, First Name|
|price||10||Price (numeric value)||Enter the price in numeric format (without text or currency symbols). The minimum required price on AbeBooks is US $1.00 or the equivalent in other currencies. Any price below this minimum will be automatically updated by our system.|
|quantity||Qty max.: 999||Number of available items||Qty > = 1: available for sale
Qty = 0: unavailable (will be deleted from the site)
Important: an empty field will be interpreted as a field with the quantity of 1
|producttype||30||Type of product||This field allows you to assign a listing to one of eight available product type search refinements. Any item without a designated product type will be listed under the default product type of “book”. You can only assign each listing to a single product type and you must use one the following keywords to make sure the listing will show up under the corresponding search refinement:
Refinement on Search Result Page / Keywords to use:
Books: Book, Buch, Libro, Livre, Libro
|description||4000||Description of the item||Include any information that could not be entered into other fields. (i.e. condition notes, provenance, binding, etc.) Information must be related to the specific item being listed.|
|bindingtext*||30||Binding of the item
Use “No binding” for Non-Book items
|Terms to use: Hardcover/Hardback
|bookcondition*||30||Condition of the item||Terms to use:
|publishername||750||Name of publisher|
|placepublished||80||Place where the item was published|
|yearpublished||4 figures||Year of publication or creation date||This field should only contain the year in a 4 digit format (eg. 1989). Any other date format should be added to the description field.|
|isbn||13||10 or 13 digit ISBN, without spaces or hyphens|
|350||Name of the catalog which the item belongs to.||Each listing may be associated with up to 3 catalogs and each catalog should be entered in its own unique field. The catalogs are visible on the AbeBooks bookseller Storefront and are mandatory for a listing to be considered for Collections.|
|abecategory||100||This category is deprecated|
|keywords||2000||Keywords to help buyers to find the item||Try to use words that are not already included in any of the other fields but which buyers may be using to search for the item.|
|jacketcondition*||30||Condition of the dustjacket. (relevant for Books only, leave empty for items without Jacket)||Terms to use:
|editiontext*||50||First edition, second edition, etc.||Terms to use:
5th or later printing
|printingtext*||20||Printing of the item||Terms to use:
5th or later printing
|signedtext*||50||Signed book, inscription…||Terms to use:
signed by author or artist
signed by authors or artist
signed and inscribed by author or artist
inscribed by author or artist
signed by illustrator
inscribed by illustrator
|volume||50||The volume of the book, if applicable|
|size||The size of the book|
|imgurl||2000||Image URL||URLs from Amazon, eBay, or other sites where you are unlikely to hold the image copyright are not permitted and will be blocked upon upload.|
You may wish to use an Excel template that we have already set up for you:
Note: If you decide to use the template to catalogue your items, please remember that before you upload to us, the file must be saved in a tab delimited text (.txt) format: