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Selling Textbooks

When selling textbooks, it is important to understand the treatment of different editions, including previous editions, teacher editions, and international editions.

When listing your textbook on our site, the ISBN of your textbook must match exactly the ISBN on the textbook's Amazon.ca detail page.

If the ISBN is not the same as the one on the detail page, you will be listing the wrong edition or cover-type of your textbook, even if the title and author match. The ISBN, author, title, binding, publisher and date of publication must match the information on the product page or you may not list the textbook on that ISBN/ASIN.

Textbook Listing Restrictions

Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with these listing restrictions:

  • Textbook Matched to the Incorrect ISBN
    • Wrong Edition: The textbook titles may match but they are not necessarily the same edition. If the ISBN on the textbook does not match the ISBN on the detail page, you may not list the textbook against that detail page.
    • Incorrect Cover-Type: Do not list a softcover textbook on a hardcover textbook detail page, and vice versa.
    • Copied/Unauthorized Material: You may not sell .pdf, scanned, photo-copied or otherwise unauthorized content as textbooks.
  • Promotional Instructor's Editions: Promotional copies of all media, including textbooks, are prohibited. Typically, promotional textbooks contain content that is identical to the Student Edition. The only difference will be markings or stamps displayed on the front or back cover, such as "Complimentary Copy," "Free Copy," "Instructor's Edition," or "Not for Sale." Do not list these items on Amazon.ca.
  • Teacher's Editions and Annotated Instructor's Editions: Teacher's Editions are textbooks targeted to the teaching community. Annotated Instructor's Editions usually contain answers and/or instructor's notes added to the student edition of the textbook. In most cases, Teacher's Editions and Annotated Instructor's Editions are not intended for public sale and may not be listed for sale on Amazon.ca. In a small number of cases, publishers intend certain titles to be available for public sale for self-teaching or homeschooling purposes, and these titles may be listed for sale on Amazon.ca.
  • Solutions Manuals: Most Solutions Manuals are sold as supplements to a textbook and typically provide answers and descriptions to problems related to the textbook. Solutions Manuals that are intended for students may be sold on Amazon.ca. Solutions Manuals that are not intended for students or for public sale may not be listed for sale on Amazon.ca.
  • International/Foreign Edition Textbooks: Sometimes softcover, these textbooks may have "IE" printed on the spine, or the front cover may contain "International Edition" markings. This information will also appear on the title page of the textbook. International Editions of textbooks that publishers have not authorized for sale in Canada may not be listed for sale on Amazon.ca.
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