Great Lakes Independent 
Booksellers Association

Best-sellers Reporting Page

Reporting your store's sales to BookScan and the New York Times Bestsellers Lists not only helps identify the Great Lakes as a vital marketplace for books, it also helps brand your store with publishers.  If you are interested in getting more authors or other events in your store, one of the things that helps drive those decisions is whether or not you are a reporting store.  After set-up, reporting can be as easy as pushing a button every week.

Here is how you do it:

GLIBA Bestsellers Lists and Indie Bestsellers Lists

You must be an ABA member store to participate.

  1. Choose one of the three ways to report: the ABA manual entry  the ABA file upload, or to BookScan via your POS. You can review the reporting options  here. The vast majority of stores choose the BookScan reporting method because: 1) It’s nearly automatic and drawn directly from your POS, and 2) you also contribute to BookScan’s important sales data, which drives publishing decisions. The BookScan compatible POS systems include Anthology, Basil, Book Manager, Books-In-Store, BookLog, Computac, IBID/IBIDie, Square One/iMerchant, Word Stock, and UBIC.  However, as long as the system is capable of creating the report in the necessary format, BookScan can also use independent and other point of sale systems.
  2. If reporting via the ABA manual entry or file upload methods, create a login and password for the ABA reporting area on If your store doesn’t have a account, you can create one here. (You will need an ABA ID number to create the account, so if you’re not yet an ABA member, please join ABA.)
  3. Your report should include sales that week beginning 12:01 am Sunday through midnight Saturday.
  4. If reporting via BookScan, transmit the weekly report no later than 10 pm each Monday.
  5. If reporting via one of the ABA methods, transmit the weekly report no later than 3 am EST each Tuesday via the ABA reporting site. The reporting site opens each week at midnight Saturday.

For questions, visit the ABA Indie Bestseller FAQ page. For technical support, contact Peter Reynolds at


New York Times Bestsellers Lists

The New York Times Bestseller List, released every Sunday in the paper’s Book Review, reflects sales reported by vendors offering a wide range of general interest titles. The sales venues for print books include independent book retailers; national, regional and local chains; online and multimedia entertainment retailers; supermarkets, university, gift and discount department stores; and newsstands.

It’s increasingly important for independent booksellers to make their voices heard on a national level. Please, demonstrate the importance of the indie sales channel by reporting your sales to this important national outlet for book news.

To report your sales to the New York Times, call Chris Harcum at (212) 556-5889 or email

  • Every Tuesday, you’ll receive an email letting you know what titles are in the Book Review that weekend, giving you advance notice to order these titles for your loyal readers.
  • You’ll also receive the Times Digest with the pdf containing the Best Sellers Lists a week and a half before it hits the printed edition.
  • You’ll also receive a complimentary copy of the printed Book Review sent directly to your store.

For more detailed information, visit the Best Sellers List reporting site

(Thanks to Carrie Obry at MIBA for this handy dandy write-up!)

Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association
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