A Guide to Using the AbeBooks Forums

Welcome to the AbeBooks Forums! This page answers the most important questions about how to use the Forums including how to create an account, edit your profile and start a discussion.

How to create an account

While the AbeBooks Community and BookSleuth Forums are visible to the public, you must sign in with an AbeBooks account to post in these Forums. To access the AbeBooks Bookseller Forum, you need to have an AbeBooks Seller account.

If you don’t already have one, create an AbeBooks Buyer account.

Signing into your AbeBooks account will sign you into the Forums. After you’ve signed in to your AbeBooks account, go to the AbeBooks Forums.

The three AbeBooks Forums are:

  1. Community Forum
  2. BookSleuth Forum
  3. Bookseller Forum

The Bookseller Forum is only available to registered AbeBooks sellers. To become a seller on AbeBooks, please read our Sell Books, Art & Collectibles Online page.

How to edit your profile

After you create an AbeBooks account or when you sign in to the Forums for the first time, we recommend that you Edit your profile by following these steps:

  1. Click the Edit your profile button on the right-hand sidebar.
  2. Create a Nickname.
  3. Update About Me.
  4. Click Save.

What is a Nickname?

Your Nickname is the name visible to other Forum users and using one protects your privacy. If you’re a bookseller, your full name and bookstore name is different from your Nickname and will not be shared with the Forums community (unless you choose otherwise).

Your Nickname should be less than 33 characters, contain only letters, numbers or the underscore (“_”). It cannot start with the letter sequence “ABE” or contain “AbeBooks”. Once your Forums account is created, your time zone is displayed based on where you’re located.

How to update your email notifications

While you can edit your profile information in the Edit your profile section, you can update your email notifications from the Email Notifications section by following these steps:

  1. Click the Email Notifications button on the right-hand sidebar.
  2. Select the email notifications that you would like to receive.
    • When you select the Comments on my posts checkbox, you will receive email notifications anytime another user posts in a discussion that you started.
    • When you select Mentions me in a comment, you will receive email notifications anytime another user posts a reply to your post and selects Quote original comment.
  3. The email notifications settings will auto-save.

How to navigate the Forums

Each Forum consists of Featured Topics. You can start a new Discussion under any of the Featured Topics within a Forum. When you reply to a discussion, your post becomes part of that discussion thread.

The Search bar in the right-hand sidebar allows you to search for topics of interest across all the Forums.

How to start a discussion

Follow these steps to start a discussion in the AbeBooks Forums.

  1. From the right-hand sidebar, choose the AbeBooks Forum you want to start a discussion in.
  2. Click the Start a Discussion button in the right-hand navigation panel. A window will open.
  3. Enter the title of the discussion in the Subject.
  4. Select the Topic you want your discussion posted to from the Post to drop-down menu.
  5. Add the details of the discussion into the Details.
  6. Click Post.

How to reply to a discussion

Follow these steps to reply to a discussion in the AbeBooks Forums.

  1. Go to the Discussion thread you want to reply to.
  2. If you want to reply to the general discussion, click Reply, write a reply and click the Reply.
  3. If you want to reply to a specific post in a discussion, click Reply beside the specific post. In the textbox, click Quote original comment and click the Reply button after writing a reply. The original message will be included in your response.

How to sort discussions

To view and sort all your posts, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Edit your profile button on the right-hand sidebar.
  2. Go to the My Feeds.
  3. You can sort your posts using the following criteria:
    • Most Recent Activity: This list displays all the activity from discussions you have posted to.
    • Latest Posts:  This list displays all your posts, from newest to oldest.

How to bookmark a discussion

To bookmark a discussion, follow these steps:

  1. Use the drop down arrow next to the top discussion post that you want to bookmark.
  2. Select Bookmark. A green “Bookmark added” message will appear at the top of your page to confirm that the discussion has been bookmarked.
  3. Click the Edit your profile button on the right-hand sidebar.
  4. You will see all the discussions that you bookmarked under the Forum Bookmarks tab.
  5. You can sort the discussions you bookmarked using the following criteria:
    • Most Recent Activity: This list displays all the activity from the discussions you bookmarked.
    • Latest Posts: This list displays all the discussions you bookmarked, from newest to oldest.

How to flag a post

If there is a post that you believe is in violation of the Forum Policies and would like to request its removal, follow these steps:

  1. Use the drop down arrow next to the post to flag the post.
  2. Select either of the following two options:
    • This post is not appropriate
    • Reported as Spam (post)
  3. You can use the text box to provide details about why you’re flagging the post.
  4. Select the Save button. A green “Post flagged” message will appear at the top of your page to confirm that the post has been flagged for the moderators to review.

If you would like to request new features, or have feedback about the Forums, please contact us.

Help us maintain a respectful environment by adhering to the Forum Policies.