Each month AbeBooks promotes a group of booksellers who have discounted their inventory. These sellers are promoted via a Book Sale page on our site, as well as through email and other online marketing methods.
Our monthly sales typically last 27 days, beginning near the 1st of the month (dependent on weekends/holidays).
Participating sellers must be prepared to discount their entire inventory by at least 10%. Any type of bookseller can participate in a sale but you must have a bookseller rating of 4 stars and ideally at least 1,000 books listed for sale on AbeBooks. Booksellers who provide their own images are preferred over sellers who do not.
Sales are planned in advance and work on a first come, first served basis. If you are interested in participating in a sale, please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any type of bookseller who has sold with AbeBooks for more than 6 months can participate in a sale. You must have a bookseller rating of 4 stars and ideally at least 1,000 books listed for sale on AbeBooks.
All books listed on AbeBooks must be discounted. If you have books that you don’t wish to discount, you may choose to remove those listings for the duration of the sale.
Legally, a sale can only last 27 days.
Legally, we cannot promote a seller’s sale over consecutive months. We will allow a seller to stage three sales in a calendar year in order to ensure the Sales Program features a diverse range of sellers and books.
Yes, but all books uploaded will be discounted.
No, there is nothing within your listings to indicate that your books are on sale. Your sale will be promoted on the Book Sales page and on your Storefront, as well as through email, Facebook, Twitter, and via our Pay-per-click campaigns and affiliate websites.
The process varies depending on your inventory management system but in general, you will need re-upload your listings at the beginning and end of a sale in order to apply and remove the discount. More specific instructions will be provided a week before your sale begins.
Providing detailed descriptions and bookseller-supplied photos are great ways to improve sales.
Video: How to Update Your Storefront for a Sale: