Indie Bestseller List

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The Indie Bestseller List puts the diversity of independent bookstores on display. It is produced just two days after the end of the sales-week, and is the most current snapshot of what’s selling in indie bookstores nationwide. Hardcover, paperback, mass market and children's titles each are compiled into separate category lists.

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Reprint Requests

The Indie Bestseller Lists are available for reprinting. Please contact Pete Reynolds for permission and credit details.

Reporting Sales

All ABA members are encouraged to report their sales weekly. Reporting is fast, easy and confidential, and is an investment in your industry and your store:
  • The Lists are the freshest expression of independent booksellers' handselling and curation expertise.
  • The Lists showcase the strength of the indie channel within the publishing industry
  • Reporters receive customized demographics reports about what’s selling in their area (when opting share sales data with BookScan)
  • Reporters receive a more robust bi-monthly Box mailing of publisher-sponsored ARCs and galleys

How to Report

Stores should include only print sales (do not include digital audiobooks or ebooks) and can report electronically in one of three ways: manual entry, file upload, or through their POS via FTP. The reporting system is open to ABA bookstore members only.

Choose a reporting method

  1. FTP: Automated FTP reporting is compatible with the following point of sale systems: Booklog, Anthology, WordStock, IBID and IBIDie, SQ1 and iMerchant, Basil, Bookmanager, Books in Store, and Computac.
    For more information and to sign-up to report via FTP, please contact [email protected].
  2. ABA manual entry: Enter your top sellers by hand. (View instructions)
  3. ABA file upload: Upload a simple file from your POS system. (View instructions)
  4. Hybrid: Submit via FTP,, and/or the New York Times from your eCommerce site and/or POS (View instructions)

Pick a convenient time to report

  • The report should include sales occurring during the week beginning 12:01 am Sunday through midnight Saturday.
  • If reporting via ABA manual entry or ABA file upload, please transmit the weekly report no later than 3 am ET each Tuesday via the ABA reporting site. The reporting site opens each week at 3 pm ET Saturday.
  • If reporting via FTP, please transmit the weekly report from your POS no later than 1 pm ET each Monday.

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About ABA

The American Booksellers Association, a national not-for-profit trade organization, works with booksellers and industry partners to ensure the success and profitability of independently owned book retailers, and to assist in expanding the community of the book.

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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