Advanced Search

AbeBooks offers an advanced search feature to help you find the book you are looking for by allowing you to enter detailed information. Entering too much search information at one time may return no results. We recommend that you build your search step-by-step, adding or changing the criteria as you go.

  1. On any AbeBooks web page, click [Advanced Search] in the red banner.
  2. Enter the search criteria you want to use and click [Find Book].
  3. Additional search forms available on the site may offer a limited number of the following search options, all of which are available through Advanced Search.

Search Criteria

The information you enter in the various search fields will help you narrow your search.

  • Author: The first and last name of the author can be entered in any order. For example “King, Stephen” or “Stephen King” will produce the same search results. Note that some sellers may abbreviate or misspell the first name and a search for “Stephen King” will not find results where the author is spelled “Steven King” or “S. King”.
  • Title: The full title or a portion of the title can be entered as a search term. For example a search for “Alice” will find “Alice in Wonderland” and “Alice, where art thou”. Note that all your search words must be part of a listing’s title in order to be returned as a result. For example, if you enter “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”, you will not find listings with the title “Alice in Wonderland” because the word “adventures” is not included in the title for those listings.
  • Publisher: The publisher of the book. Note that sellers may use different variations of the publisher’s name, for example “Oxford University Press” or “OUP”. In order to make sure you find all books listed from a certain publisher, run multiple searches with different variations of the publisher’s name.
  • Keywords: The keyword field searches multiple other fields. When a search is done by keyword, the author, title, and publisher fields, as well as the full book description, are all checked for possible matches.
  • ISBN: International Standard Book Numbers can be entered in either 10 or 13 digit formats, with or without spaces or dashes. The AbeBooks database tries to match ISBNs to books that have been listed without one provided but cannot guarantee correct matches. Please be sure to review each book description to ensure it is the correct item before placing an order. If you have any questions, you can [contact the bookseller] of a specific listing for further information.

In addition to author, title, publisher, keyword or ISBN, you can also add one or more of the following search criteria. These criteria, however, cannot be used alone.

  • Published Date: The date of book publication or a date range.
  • Country: You can search for books offered by booksellers located in a specific country. To save money on shipping charges, you may wish to purchase from sellers located in your country or one close to you.
  • Binding: This is either hardcover or soft cover. These terms may be described in more detail in the book description. If you don’t have a preference, you may leave the criteria as “Any Binding”.
  • Attributes: You can select the specific attributes of: First Edition, Signed, Dust Jacket, or Not Print on Demand. Check the full book description for more details.
  • Price: Search results returned will be within your defined minimum or maximum price range.

The following settings do not influence which or how many results are returned, but may make it easier to find the book you are looking for in a long list of results.

  • Sort Results By: This allows you to select the order in which the list of results is displayed. Please ensure your selection does not conflict with your other criteria. For example, selecting sort by Author A-Z when you have the criteria of Stephen King in the author field might not be helpful. On the other hand, if you are looking for rare or collectible items, switching the sort order to “Highest Price” may be useful.
  • Results per page: The number of books listed per page in your search. Additional pages of search results are available by clicking the page number or next arrow at the bottom of the results list.

For more complex search queries:

  • Boolean Searching: Boolean searches use operators to perform more specific queries. Using “and”, “or”, and “not” (Boolean operators) allows you to refine the search by adding or removing specific terms. You can turn Boolean searching on or off using the radio buttons next to “Boolean Searching” on the Advanced Search form. Learn more about Boolean Searching.

You can also save some of your Search Preferences, so you don’t have to re-set them every time.