CataList Quick Start Guide for Retailers

Welcome to BNC CataList. This Quick Start Guide will tell you how to get set up and use the system’s key features. Before you can get started with CataList, contact us at to set up a retailer account. If you have further questions after reading this guide, you can consult the full CataList Help Manual.


Watch our Quick Start Guide video for a detailed walk-through.

Log in to your account

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When you receive your welcome email from the CataList system, use the link provided to set up your password. If you already have a SalesData account, you will be using the same email and password combination to access CataList.

Go to and log in with your user name and password. 

Set your personal account preferences

To get the most out of CataList, set up your account preferences:

  1. Click the gear icon in the navigation bar and click the Settings link.

  2. Under “Personal Settings”, select your change notification and email preferences.

  3. Opt-in to the CataList Directory. The directory allows other CataList users to shared notes and catalogues with you directly. CataList only ever shares your name and company affiliation, your email address and other contact information are never shared.

  4. Click Save to save your preferences.

Set up your store details

If you are the primary contact for your account, you have additional set-up options. From your Settings page, select the Administration tab. If you do not see this option and need to access the set-up controls, contact us at to upgrade your access.

Add or edit ordering locations

Each account by default has a single store. Click Add a Store to add more stores to your account. Each store will be given its own order box in CataList.

Once your list has been built, you can edit each store listing by clicking the Edit button under the Actions column.

Upload a logo image for your company. We will attach this logo to any custom catalogues your account users create.  

Manage your account users

Set up new users in your account by clicking the Add a User button that appears beneath the User List.

Manage each user’s access and user type by clicking the Edit icon in the Actions column. For more information about user types, read about access levels in the CataList Help Manual.



Find and view catalogues

Finding catalogues

Find specific catalogues by entering the catalogue name in the main navigation bar and selecting the Catalogues option from the search type drop-down.

You can also refine your catalogue results by several catalogue aspects:

  • Catalogue type — lets you filter to only seasonal or only custom catalogues

  • Catalogued by — applies filters based on the company that posted the catalogue(s). If you have Favourites set, you can select 'My Favourites' as an option.

  • Status — allows you to include or exclude catalogues based on their draft, published, trade-only, or archived status

Finding your own catalogues

Click the My Page link in the main navigation bar, then go to the Received Catalogues tab to see a list of custom catalogues sent to your account. Click on the name of the catalogue you’d like to view.

Search for a list of ISBNs

  1. Select the ISBN List option from the search type drop-down in the main navigation bar. A pop-up opens where you can enter up to 1000 ISBNs.

  2. Click Submit to run your search.

CataList returns the matching items in the system. By default, book matches are presented in the same sequence as your original list. ISBNs with no match in CataList will not display.

Find and view titles

Find specific titles


Find title information

Manage order quantities

Managing orders


  1. On any catalogue or title detail page, click Order Products to begin a new order.

  2. On the right-hand side of the title detail page, expand the Orders section to see order boxes for your active stores.

  3. Enter or edit order quantities in those boxes. Your changes are saved automatically.

  4. View all your orders by clicking My Orders in the main navigation bar.

View and export orders

  • View all your orders by clicking on My Orders in the top-right menu.

  • Filter the list of orders that display to your own orders only or all company orders.


View or edit an order

  • To view an order, click on its name in the My Orders list.

  • Add or edit order quantities for titles by individual stores or add new ISBNs directly to the order

  • Add or edit order details such as purchase order number, sales rep or promotion codes.

  • Export your order in Excel or CSV format, and submit them to your vendors. Completed orders can be closed.


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