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Apr 03, 2012 10:31AM

8095 Great news!
Mar 29, 2012 05:40PM

8095 Hi Nikko, not all reviews will be shown through the API. We give users the choice to opt out of having their reviews shown to partners (through our API).

You can find the option here:
[ checkbox ] allow partners of Goodreads to display my reviews

People who have checked that box will still have their reviews shown on our book page, but not through the reviews widget.
Add Book (11 new)
Mar 27, 2012 10:49AM

8095 Karsten, I think this is related to the problem you're having with not being authorized to use auth_user. We're looking into it.
Add Book (11 new)
Mar 26, 2012 04:40PM

8095 Karsten, are you doing POST to shelf/add_to_shelf and is it signed the same way you sign when doing updates/friends?
Mar 23, 2012 04:37PM

8095 Hi Dario. As Robert mentioned above, the following & followers call should be user-authenticated. If you're making the call and are authenticated, but still get the 401-unauthorized error, then it may be a bug on our end.

I'll open a ticket in our system to investigate.
Mar 19, 2012 01:36PM

8095 With the new oauth_token and secret you get from the oauth/access_token request, you can do this (get friend updates) successfully, right?

request = new RestRequest("updates/friends", Method.GET);
client.Authenticator = OAuth1Authenticator.ForProtectedResource(
key, secret, oauth_token, oauth_token_secret);
client.ExecuteAsync(request, restRes => {...}

What happens if you do the api/auth_user call using your old token and secret (the one you pass into oauth/access_token ?
Mar 19, 2012 11:38AM

8095 Karsten, when you authenticate with RestSharp, can you parse the response string? Something like this?

qs = HttpUtility.ParseQueryString(response.Content);
var oauth_token = qs["oauth_token"];
var oauth_token_secret = qs["oauth_token_secret"];
var user_id = qs["user_id"];

I'm wondering if you can get the user_id that way.
Stars vs text (6 new)
Mar 16, 2012 03:14PM

8095 We just released, so you'll see the stars from now on.
Stars vs text (6 new)
Mar 16, 2012 12:13PM

8095 Oops ignore the top comment. I poked around in the code and it was an easy enough change to add the stars in.

When we do our next release, you'll be able to see the stars and configure the color in the reviews widget configuration page here:


Thanks for the suggestion. The stars look much better than just the text.
Stars vs text (6 new)
Mar 16, 2012 11:44AM

8095 Hi Nikko,

Unfortunately, there is no way to get the image of stars from our iframe widget right now.
Mar 08, 2012 03:57PM

8095 Hi Karsten, you're correct that you should not need to provide any other parameters when doing a GET on api/auth_user

How are you signing your request? If you're using a third party OAuth library, which one is it?

This seems strange because if you are able to do a signed request to updates/friends.xml and get a result, I would expect that auth_user should work fine for you also.
8095 Calling book.show_by_isbn with an API key or by signed OAuth should both be working.

Grunthos, what did your request look like? Make sure you have a ?format=xml at the end if you sign via OAuth
amazon imports (3 new)
Mar 06, 2012 04:10PM

8095 Bruce, we did a one time run of batch imports from Amazon records a few weeks ago, but that is not an ongoing process. We're currently putting the importing on hold while we get a new agreement with Amazon in place.

In the meantime, the best way to get these books onto our site is to manually enter the data yourself.
Mar 06, 2012 12:35PM

8095 Karsten, there's no example of updates/friends.xml specifically because it requires OAuth but if you want a general example of what our responses look like, you can check out the non-OAuth calls on http://www.goodreads.com/api like this one:


If you sign up for an API key, then you'll be able to see the sample URLs for methods that don't require OAuth.
Mar 06, 2012 12:23PM

8095 Hi Bruce, Grunthos is right. Can you try using the book.show method outlined here?


For your example, your request would be:
Jul 08, 2011 10:38AM

8095 Hi Jonathan, it turned out that the user.friends method requires oauth so you'll need to use oauth to connect to that method instead of a key.
Jul 07, 2011 04:25PM

8095 Jonathan, sorry about the long wait, but the fix is finally in. It will be live in the next release in a few hours.

edit: I spoke to soon. I need more time to look into this, but I'll try to fix it as soon as I can.
8095 Mosdl, I put a fix in for this. You should be seeing it in the next release (latest, by Monday). Please let me know when this works for you next week in this thread.

Also, your user is OAuthed, right?
VACATION (4 new)
Mar 18, 2011 05:26PM

8095 Let's rewrite the whole site in perl! =D
Mar 01, 2011 06:07PM

8095 Probably by tomorrow afternoon. Thanks for your patience =)
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