Adding Books to the Database Continued - Publishers and Authors


Adding a book to our shared database does not necessarily make the title available for purchase. If a customer clicks to purchase your title from, they will be taken to one of our member bookstores. It is then up to each bookstore to obtain the book for their customer. However, if a store cannot find your title available from the publisher or a distributor, they may inform their customer that the book is not readily available. The easier it is for the bookseller to find and obtain your title, the likelier that a store will fill an order for that title.
It is important to keep in mind that ABA does not review books. All reviews that appear on our associated websites are written and submitted by our member booksellers. This is also how the Indie Next Lists are compiled every month; our members send in their nominations for books each month. Our staff sorts them, tallies the results, and chooses one representative review for publication.

Due to this process, the best people to submit books to for possible review are our member booksellers. And, because of the fairly democratic nature of this process, it is difficult to effect. However, your best course of action would be to approach several local bookstores, and offer them a reading copy. If they like the book, they can order more. If they really like it, they may hand-sell it to their customers and those are the books that are usually nominated to the Next List.

Most importantly, keep in mind, these bookstores are not obligated to accept your book, read it, order it or review it.  So please be courteous, patient and accepting of their decisions.  You can find a list of stores in your area by following this link, and inputting your Zip code:
ABA IndieCommerce has an Affiliate Program, through which you could earn referral fees by agreeing to link customers to our site from yours. For details on this program, please visit this link:

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Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.



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