Adding Books to the Database
It is important to keep in mind that the vast majority of titles listed on IndieBound.org, and on our IndieCommerce member websites come from Ingram Book Company's iPage database. Generally speaking, if a title is listed with them (even if they don't actually carry it), it is listed with us. If you are a publisher, you'll want to contact Ingram to inquire about listing your catalog with them. You can find publisher-specific contact info here:
However, there are instances in which a book will be listed with Ingram and not in our database for a variety of reasons and there are books that are valid but simply aren’t listed with Ingram. For those reasons books can also be added manually, one at a time, to our IndieCommerce database through www.indiebound.org.
CREATE AN ACCOUNT
If you do not already have an Indiebound.org account you will need to create one (if you already have one skip to step 3).
- Visit: www.indiebound.org/join
- Complete the form to create an account
- Log in
CHECK FOR THE TITLE
Once you're logged in, please first look for the title in question.
Search for the book by entering the url into your address bar using this format: http://www.indiebound.org/book/ISBN-13 (input your ISBN at the end, no dashes, no spaces, e.g. http://www.indiebound.org/book/1234567890123)
- You can also enter the ISBN directly into the search field in the upper left hand corner.
If you can find the book, then it does NOT need to be added but the data can be edited. If the book cannot be found, you may add it.
EDIT AN EXISTING BOOK
- To EDIT an existing title, just change the address for the page to include ‘addabook’ in the url: http://www.indiebound.org/addabook/1234567890123
This will take you to a form page, where the existing book info can be edited. Make any changes necessary, and click ‘Submit’ at the very bottom of the page.
ADD A BOOK
- To ADD a book visit: http://www.indiebound.org/addabook
You'll need to fill out all required fields, including ISBN, height, length, width, and weight. Be sure to click ‘Submit’ at the bottom.
ADD A COVER IMAGE ONLY
If you are only adding or changing a COVER IMAGE for any title, please visit this page, instead of updating the entire form: http://www.indiebound.org/addabook/cover
You’ll need to enter the ISBN and upload the image. Be sure to click ‘Submit’.
- The file must be less than 3MB, but the image must be over 150 x 150 pixels
These additions and changes need to be approved by staff here, so please allow up to 24hrs for the site to reflect the change.
In order for an eBook to be sold through our system, it must be available through our eBook supplier, Kobo eBooks. For information on working with Kobo, please follow this link: http://www.kobobooks.com/companyinfo/authorsnpublishers.html
If you have additional questions about book data or need assistance updating a book please email us at email@example.com
If you are a publisher or author please continue on to read ‘Notes for Publishers and Authors’.