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My Books

  • How do I remove a book from "my books"?

    To remove a book from your shelf, click on the My Books link at the top of Goodreads, make sure you are on the 'table' view (an option underneath the "My Books" search bar), then click the "x" to the right of the book you'd like to remove. You can also click on the book, click 'edit my review', then click 'remove from my books' at the very bottom of the page.

    When a book is removed from your shelves, it will also delete your review.

  • How do I add a book to "My Books"?

    1. To add a book to your shelves, find the book by searching for its title or author in the search bar in the header. Searching by ISBN or ASIN (for Kindle editions) works best when looking for a specific edition.

    2. On the book's page, you will see a green "Want to Read" button underneath its cover image. Click "Want to Read" to quickly add the book to your "to-read" shelf, or hover over the downward arrow (see image) on the right side of the button to add it to one of your other exclusive shelves (like "read" or "currently-reading"). You can also rate the book using the stars beneath the button.

  • Can I edit a shelf for multiple books at once?

    To add or remove books from a shelf in batches, use the "batch edit" on the top of your My Books page. The batch edit tool lets you select as many books as you like to move them from one shelf or another, or even to remove them from your profile.

  • Why are my status updates calculated in percents?

    Progress updates for ebooks and audiobooks default to percentage, while updates for other books (like paperbacks, etc) default to page number. However, in all cases one can change the status to switch from the default. Here's how:

    1) Navigate to your home page.

    2) In your "currently reading" section (on the top right of the page), click "update status" next to the book you'd like to update.

    3) The "%" should be a clickable link. Just click on it to switch the updates to "pages".

  • How do I create a "Never Finished" or "Abandoned" shelf?

    You can create your own exclusive shelf for "never finished", "did not finish" or "abandoned". Here's how:

    1) Click on My Books in the header.

    2) Next to the "bookshelves" header on the left, click the small "edit" link.

    3) On the bottom of the page, type "never finished" or "abandoned" into the "add a shelf" feature.

    4) Check "exclusive" next to the new shelf when it appears on the list.

    This will allow you to assign a book to this shelf, instead of having to pick between the default "read", "currently reading", and "to read" shelves.

  • How do I update my progress in a book I'm "currently reading"?

    There are two ways you can do this:

    1) From the homepage: Look for the "currently reading" section on the top right of the page. Underneath the book you want to update, click the small "update status" link. From here, you should be able to input the page number you are on and any comments you want to add.

    2) From the book page: Scroll down until you see the "My Review" section (which should be just underneath the book's description). Next to the bolded "progress" header, click the link to "update status". Similarly, you can add page numbers and comments here.

    For information on how to remove a status update, go here.

  • How do I move a book from "currently reading" to "read"?

    1) Go to the homepage.

    2) On the righthand side of the page, there should be a "currently-reading" section. Click "update status" underneath this section.

    3) Under the text box is a link that says, "I'm finished." Click that link.

    4) This should take you to a review page if you'd like to write a review. Click "save" and the book should be marked as "read".

    Alternatively, you could go to the review page for the book (you can get there from "edit review" on the book page), and select "read" from the shelf dropdown menu. However, this method does not automatically record the date you finished the book.

  • How do I import or export my books?

    To import your books from a csv, txt, or xls file, click on my books then on import/export beneath your shelf list on the left. On the top right of the following page, click "export to a csv file". The batch upload may take several minutes to process, depending on how large your file is.

  • How do I sort my books?

    You can sort your or your friends reading lists by any criteria you like, using the links at the top of the column while viewing a shelf. For example, to sort by title, click on 'title', which appears at the top of the page. Clicking again will reverse the sort. Other columns that can be sorted on are: author name, rating, my rating, shelves, publication date, date added, date read, average rating, review, number of comments, private notes, owned, and number of reviews.

  • How do I format text into HTML?

    Goodreads supports a set list of html tags that you can use to format your comments, reviews, and stories & writing. They are posted on the right side of most pages, and are also below:


      Well formed web urls automatically get turned into links:

    • link: <a href="http://www.goodreads.com">my link text</a>
    • link to book: use the "add book/author" link or [book: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone]
    • link to author: use the "add book/author" link or [author: J.K. Rowling]
    • image: <img src="http://www.goodreads.com/image..." width="40" height="100" alt="description"/> (Suggested image size in pixels: width 0-400, height 0-1000, "alt" is a description of the image. All three are optional, but recommended.)
    • bold text: <b>...</b>
    • italic text: <i>...</i>
    • underline text: <u>...</u>
    • strike text: <s>...</s>
    • line break: <br>...</br>
    • blockquote: <blockquote>...</blockquote>
    • paragraph: <p>...</p>
    • spoiler: <spoiler>...</spoiler>

      Note: tags must be properly nested, example:
      OK: <i><b>test</b></i>
      Not OK: <i><b>test</i></b>

  • How do I view a list of my owned books?

    1.Visit My Books on the Goodreads desktop site.
    2. Click on "owned books" from the options available on the left-hand side:


    You'll see your owned books on the resulting page.

    Click here to go there now.

  • Where is the "Other Editions" section located?

    The "Other Editions" section is now located in each book's details. To view the other editions of a book, click the green "more details" link (right above the book links on a book's page). See here for a screenshot.

  • I can't find my review on the book page itself. Where is it?

    When you review a book, it does automatically post publicly to the book's page under "Community Reviews" (though the pages are cached, so this may not happen right away). However, when you are logged in as yourself, you will only see your review in the "My Review" section. Try logging out of your account before trying to see your reviews in the public areas of the site. You might also want to keep in mind that reviews are not only sorted by date, but also by popularity of the reviewer, length of the review, and a couple of other components. This sorting might cause your review to be on page two or three.

  • How do I customize the "my books" page?

    On the new "my books", click on "shelf settings" and select the options you want. Then save. This can be set independently for each shelf, except for read and all, which are set together.

    For more details, please see this blog post.

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Deals

  • What is Goodreads Deals?


    Goodreads Deals is a feature that connects Goodreads members with noteworthy discounts on titles they’ve expressed interest in. We send you an email when there’s a great ebook deal on a book you’ve placed on your Want to Read shelf or by an Author You Follow. We also offer Deals by Genre for Bestseller, Mystery & Thrillers, Romance, and Fantasy & Science Fiction.

    To personalize the Goodreads Deals you receive or to unsubscribe, visit the Deals tab of your Account Settings. Check the boxes next to the Deals you’re interested in, and be sure to click on Save Preferences at the bottom of the page.

  • How do I edit my Goodreads Deals preferences?


    You can change your preferences in the Deals tab of your Account Settings page. Uncheck each box, and click on Save Preferences at the bottom of the page.

  • How do I unsubscribe from Goodreads Deals?


    To unsubscribe from Goodreads Deals, click the "unsubscribe" link in the email you received. You can also change your preferences in the Deals tab of your Account Settings. Uncheck each box, and click on Save Preferences at the bottom of the page.

  • Why aren’t there more genres available for Goodreads Deals?

    At the moment, our Deals by Genre include our most popular genres: Bestseller, Mystery & Thrillers, Romance, and Fantasy & Science Fiction. We are actively working to add more genres over time, so check back often to opt-in to more genres.

  • Are Goodreads Deals available for international users?

    Currently, Goodreads Deals are only available for U.S. members, and we’re working closely with a number of partners to make sure that we can consistently offer the best Deals. We’d like to expand to other markets in the future, so stay tuned!

  • I need a refund on a Goodreads Deals purchase


    Goodreads doesn’t actually sell the ebooks in our Deals emails. To receive a refund or otherwise resolve any transaction issues, we recommend contacting the specific retailer where you bought the ebook. You can reach customer support for our featured stores at the following links:

    1.Amazon
    2.iBooks
    3. Barnes and Noble
    4.Google Books
    5.Kobo

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Book Topics

  • Tips for booksellers and authors

    We welcome participation from organizations such as book stores, and we invite all published authors to join the Goodreads Author Program. However, spam and unsolicited advertising of any kind will not be tolerated and could lead to the permanent deletion of your Goodreads account. Please see our author guidelines for more details on appropriate site usage.

    Posting of legitimate book reviews from organizations or individuals is the intended use of the site, but no review should have any content with an intent to sell. Goodreads members recognize this as spam, so this tactic is not a good strategy for gaining new customers. In contrast, becoming an active participant in literary discussion on Goodreads will win you friends and new readers.

  • What do I do if a book is missing a cover image or other data?

    If a book is missing a cover image or a book page has inaccurate data, please post in the official Goodreads Librarians Group. Our army of volunteer librarians would be happy to help!

    Any member with librarian status can edit book data and generally correct any inaccuracies. If you have more than 50 books added and would like to become a librarian, please apply here.

  • What is a Goodreads Librarian?

    Goodreads Librarians are volunteer members of the site who are dedicated to improving our book data. Librarians can:

    • edit book and author information
    • combine editions of books to aggregate ratings
    • add cover images

    Librarians are not Goodreads employees or representatives of the company. They cannot edit any user content (like reviews). If you believe a member's librarian edits contradict our librarian manual, please contact a staff member.

    If you would like to become a librarian and have at least 50 books on your profile, you can apply here.

  • Why can't I edit my books or my author profile?

    There are a couple reasons why you might have trouble editing your author profile or your books:

    1. You haven't joined the Goodreads Author Program. When you sign up for the site, your user profile isn't automatically linked to your author profile. You have to apply to have them linked. As soon as your application is approved by staff, you should be able to edit your profile. Click here for more information about how to apply for the program.

    2. You're a Goodreads Author, but you aren't signed into the correct user account. It's possible to have duplicate user accounts, so make sure that you are logged in with the same email you used to claim your author profile. If you're not sure, check to see which email account your Author Program welcome email came to.

    3. You're trying to edit a book that isn't attributed to you. If the book doesn't appear on your author profile already, you don't have editing rights (because the system doesn't know it's yours). In this case, you'll need a librarian to correct the author name for you (the system recognizes extra spaces). You can ask one to do so in the Librarians Group.

  • How do I turn off recommendations from Goodreads in the updates feed?

    Here's how to turn off recommendations from Goodreads or "trending" stories in your updates feed:

    1. Navigate to the home page, and make sure that you're looking at the "Updates" tab.

    2. On the right-hand side of the page (next to the "Currently Reading" box), you'll see a gear icon. Click that to open your updates preferences.

    3. A menu should drop down. Uncheck the box next to "Recommendations from Goodreads."

    4. Click "Apply Filters" on the bottom.

  • Tips for book publishers and authors

    Tips for book publishers or authors to use Goodreads:

    * Author Program. Designed for authors to have a profile on the site and interact with fans, and add photos, videos, events, etc to their profile.
    * For authors that aren't interested in the program, publishers can join as a Librarian and then they can fully edit any author profile and add the photo, full bio, Youtube videos, events, etc.
    * Advertising. We are now offering custom advertising buys. Buys can be across the entire site or targeted to a particular genre (eg women who like romance/fiction, etc). For a rate card please contact us.
    * Author interviews & newsletter promotion. Each month we feature authors in our monthly newsletter. This is an editorial decision, and usually the authors featured have books just released. For consideration, contact us with details about the book.
    * Book Giveaways. You can submit any number of copies to be given away to interested members. There is no charge for listing books, however you are responsible for shipping to the winners. For now Goodreads will drive traffic to the giveaway for free.
    * Q&A groups. Authors can host a Q&A group to answer questions from fans about a new book.
    * How do books get discovered? A data-driven presentation on how Goodreads members find the books they read. A great tool for authors and publishers.

  • Tips on being a goodreads librarian

    There is a comprehensive Librarian Manual that deals with any questions librarians may want to know: check it out.

  • Multiple copies of the same book

    Note: Librarians only

    Due to the nature of there being many different editions of a book, each having its own ISBN, we have built a feature where you can combine (or separate) each edition. This provides the advantage of aggregating all the reviews and statistics for this combined 'work'. To combine editions of a book, just click 'combine' on the far right side of the book's page.

  • If you can't find a book

    If you can't find a book on our search engine when searching by author or title, you have three options. The first option is to search by ISBN. You can find ISBN numbers on the inside cover of your book. The second option is to add the book yourself by clicking on manually add book on the right side of the search page. The third option is to post a request in the Goodreads Librarians group, following these guidelines.

    Note: Only users with accounts older than 1 day old will be able to manually add books.

  • How can I post a Goodreads Choice nominee badge on my website?

    To post a nominee badge linking to your Goodreads Choice Awards category, you'll need to code it into your website with HTML.

    First, you will need a URL for the image, as it has to be sourced online. To get one, we recommend creating a Photobucket account. Then:

    1. Right-click on the nominee badge image below and select "save image as".

    2. Upload the image to your Photobucket account using the "upload" link at the top.

    3. Once the image has been processed, click on it to get to the image's page.

    4. Copy the URL in the "Direct link" box on the right.

    5. Navigate to your website's HTML editor mode.

    6. Paste the following code in your HTML editor, inserting the URL you copied between the quotes after "img src":

    <a href="http://www.goodreads.com/choiceawards">
    <img src="">
    </a>

    7. Replace the URL after "a href" with the URL to your specific Goodreads Choice category.

    8. Save.

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My Account

  • I forgot the password to my account. How do I reset my password?

    To reset a lost password, click sign in, and then click on forgot password. Enter your email address and your password will be emailed to you.

  • How do I cancel my account?

    To cancel your account on Goodreads:

    1. Select edit profile from the drop-down list next to your picture in the header.
    2. Select the "settings" tab.
    3. Select the "delete my account" link at the bottom of the page.

    Your personal account data, the list of books you've shelved, and your friends list will be removed from the site.

    If you are an author, you may delete your account in the same way. Please note, however, that this will only remove your personal account data (books you've rated and reviewed, your friends, and account information). Deleting your personal account will not remove your author profile or the records and reviews for the books that you have authored.

  • How do I unsubscribe from emails?

    To change the frequency (daily or weekly) or unsubscribe from the Goodreads update email or any other email, click on edit profile at the top right corner of Goodreads, then click the "emails" tab. All email settings can be controlled on this page.

  • How do I set my profile to private?

    All the privacy settings on Goodreads are found by clicking edit profile from the drop-down menu to the right of your profile pic in the header. On the settings tab, you can select who can view your profile, last name, and email address, and send you messages.

    If your profile is private, only your friends can see your profile. This includes your profile data, book shelves, profile comments, and your friend list. Your first name and image thumbnail are still available in some areas of site. Your book reviews will also still be available on each book page. Note also that author profiles cannot be made private.

  • How do I opt out of friend update emails?

    1) Go to your edit profile page.

    2) Select the emails tab.

    3) At the top of the page, find the option titled: "Email me new reviews from friends."

    4) Select the option for "never."

    5) Scroll down until you see "save email settings," and click that button to save your changes.

  • What are "recent updates from the community"?

    Members who have not yet added friends will receive "Recent Updates from the Community" in lieu of friend updates on their homepage. As soon as you start adding friends, these community updates will be replaced by updates from your friends.

  • What should I do if I'm being bullied or harassed?

    If you are experiencing bullying, please start by blocking the member. This will prevent them from interacting with you. Scroll to the bottom of their profile and click "Block this member." If this member continues to bully you through other means, please report it to us by emailing support at support at goodreads dot com. If you feel a review is bullying you, please flag it.

  • How do I add a profile picture?

    1) On the top right of Goodreads, you'll see a drop-down arrow. Click on that.

    2) Select edit profile from the menu.

    3) On the right side of the resulting page, click "choose file" (it's under the brown "no photo" box).

    4) Browse your files to select an image.

    5) Click "upload photo".

  • How can I display my Goodreads Group activity on Facebook?

    1. First, create a Facebook Fan Page for your group, if you don't already have one.
    2. Next, connect to Goodreads using Facebook connect or add the Goodreads Facebook App
    3. Navigate to the Goodreads App Page
    4. Click on the gear to the top right of the page.
    5. Select "Add to my Page" from the menu.
    6. Navigate back to your Facebook Page and select the Goodreads box at the top.
    7. Select type Group Page and choose your group. You may only select a group you are a moderator of. Save and you're done!

  • How do I remove my stored credit card?

    You can go here and click the "delete" link next to the stored card.

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iPhone

  • Can I read ebooks using the Goodreads iPhone app?

    No, you can’t. If you’re looking for a great mobile reading experience that offers the world's largest catalog of ebooks, including thousands of free ebooks, we recommend the Kindle app, available for free from the App Store:

    Badge iOS

    If you’re looking for a place to discover a great book, a place to discuss your favorite books, or a place to get in touch with your favorite author, Goodreads is the place to be.

    And if you're in the United States, Canada, or the United Kingdom, you can Preview most books within the app to help decide if it's the right one for you. To see if a book has a preview available, just look for the preview button on the book page:

  • How do I set the "date finished" or "date started" for a book in the iPhone app?

    1. Navigate to the book page for the book in question (you can search for it using the "search" icon on the bottom of the screen or find it in one of your shelves).

    2. Under your rating, you'll see a box that says "Write a Review" or "Edit Your Review" (depending on if you have already entered a text review or not). Tap that box to open the review screen.

    3. Tap "No Start Date" or "No Finish Date" to enter the date started or date read.

    4. Choose the correct date, and then tap "Done" at the top right.

    5. On the review screen, tap "Done" again to save.

    6. Click the blue "done" button when you've made the necessary changes.

  • What should I do if the iPhone app crashes after updating to a new release?

    If the Goodreads iPhone app crashes after updating it to the latest release (usually right after you launch it), it's possible you're experiencing a bug in certain versions of iOS, the operating system on all iPhone, iPods and iPads.

    The solution to this problem is to shut down and restart the device. If the crash still persists, then the cause of the problem is a different one.

    Why do you need to restart the device? During the update process, it's possible on certain versions of iOS that the app is not perfectly cleaned up by the system, not allowing the newly installed version to start correctly. A hard reboot fixes this situation.

  • Why doesn't the iOS app let me sign in?

    Sometimes, even if you typed your email and password correctly, the iOS app does not allow you to sign in to Goodreads, producing error messages along the lines of (412) An unexpected error occurred.

    This problem happens when the time on your iOS device is incorrect, which is most often due to your time zone setting (PDT, EST, etc) being incorrect. Goodreads turns down important requests when your clock is too far off as part of protecting your account.

    For example, let's say you're in California and it's 3:00 PM. The time on your iOS device reads 3:00 PM, but the time zone is set to "Eastern Daylight Time". Since it's 6:00 PM on the East Coast, your clock is actually three hours behind.

    Here's how to fix the time:

    1. From the iOS home screen, launch the Settings app.

    2. Choose "General".

    3. Choose "Date & Time," which is around the bottom-half of the page.

    4. Ensure that the date, time zone, and time are all correct.

    5. To make things even more reliable, set the "Set Automatically" switch to the ON position. This allows your device to automatically set the correct time and timezone everywhere you go, and it typically solves any related issues. (Some old iPods running iOS 3 may not have this option.)

  • What should I do if the Goodreads iPhone app crashes?

    If the Goodreads iPhone app crashes (closes unexpectedly), we'd greatly appreciate it if you could send us your crash logs. These will help us find the problem and fix it.

    How to get your crash logs:

    1. Sync your iPhone

    2. Browse to the following folders. DEVICE_NAME indicates the name of your iPhone as shown in iTunes.

     Mac OS X:
    /Users/<your_user>/Library/Logs/CrashReporter/MobileDevice/<DEVICE_NAME>

     Windows XP:
    C:\Documents and Settings\Application Data\Apple computer\Logs\CrashReporter\

     Windows Vista:
    C:\Users\AppData\Roaming\Apple computer\Logs\CrashReporter\MobileDevice\

    3. Each log file will begin with the name of the application. Create a zip file including all the log files related to Goodreads, and email it to support@goodreads.com. (To create a zip file on the Mac: Control-click -> Compress; on Windows: Right-click -> WinZip.)

  • How do I upload a profile pic on the iPhone app?

    1. Tap on 'More', then tap on your name at the top of the page.

    2. Then tap 'Edit Picture'.

    3. Find the photo you'd like to upload in 'Photos' or take a new one by tapping 'Camera'.

  • I found a bug in the iPhone app. What should I do?

    First, take a screenshot of the error or bug. To capture a screenshot using the iPhone or iPod Touch, briefly hold down the power button. While holding it down, press the home key (the key with the square on it). Your screen should briefly flash. There should now be a photo of your iPhone screen saved to your photos. Please email that screenshot to support[at]goodreads[dot]com with a brief description of the error and how you produced it.

    If the app unexpectedly closed/crashed, please send us your crash logs as well. That's a great help in diagnosing the problem. We strive to fix all bugs for which we receive crash logs. Here you can find instructions for sending logs.

  • Can I sign into the Goodreads iOS app with my Twitter or Facebook or Gmail?

    At this time the Goodreads iOS app supports Facebook sign-in. You just need to upgrade to version 1.5 or more.

    If you want to sign in with Gmail/Google, Twitter or other 3rd party systems, you will need to use the Goodreads website and create a Goodreads login.

    1. Sign into Goodreads as normal using your Twitter/Google/Facebook login on the computer.

    2. Head to the "edit profile" option (located in the drop-down menu next to your profile pic in the header).

    3. Under the "settings" tab of the account page, there is a space for you to fill in your email address and a password. As soon as you fill these in and save, you should be able to login using this email and password on the website, the iPhone app, and the mobile website.

  • How do I write a review on the iPhone app?

    1. Navigate to the book page of the book you’d like to review.

    2. Tap the stars to give the book a star rating, or move it to your Read shelf by tapping the books icon next to "Want to Read."

    3. Scroll down and tap the “Write a Review” button. (It should appear under your star rating.)

    4. A text box will open for you to edit the review text.

    5. Tap "Done" at the top right to save!

  • How do I add a book to my shelves on the iPhone app?

    To add a book to your shelves using the iPhone app, try this:

    1. Tap the "Search" icon at the bottom of the app.

    2. In the search bar, type the title and/or author of the book that you’d like to find.

    3. Scroll until you find the desired book, then tap the book's title. This will take you to the book page.

    4. Tap the green “Want to Read” button to add the book to your “to-read” shelf. If you’d like to add the book to a different shelf, tap the green books icon at the right-hand side of the “Want to Read” button. That will open a list of your existing shelves.

  • How can I edit my review on the iPhone app?

    1. Navigate to the book page of the book you reviewed.

    2. Scroll down, and select "edit your review."

    3. Click "done" on the top right to save!

  • How can I switch shelves for a book on the iPhone app?

    1. Navigate to the book's page (you can find it through the search tool on the bottom of the screen or through your shelves).

    2. Tap the gray arrow on the right-hand side of the “Want to Read” button. (This button may also say “Read” or “Reading” depending on which shelf the book is on).

    3. You’ll see a list of your exclusive shelves. If you’d like to add or remove custom shelves, scroll to the end of the list and tap “More Shelves.”

    4. Tap "Done" at the top of the page to save.

  • How do I switch editions for a book in the iPhone app?

    1. Navigate to the book page.

    2. Scroll down below the book description. Tap the beige “Details & Editions” button.

    3. Tap on the “Editions” line.

    4. Find the edition you’d like to shelve, and choose “Switch to this edition.”

    This will move your review of the book to a new edition. If you’d like to add a separate review for that edition, you can do so from our main website.

  • How do I edit my profile in the iPhone app?

    Unfortunately it's not yet possible to edit your profile on the app, but you can do so on the Goodreads website. Here's how:

    1. Go to the Goodreads desktop site.

    2. Click on the arrow next to your profile picture.

    3. Click on "edit profile."

    4. After editing your profile, be sure to click on "save settings" at the bottom of the page.

  • How can I clear my scanned books list on the iPhone app?

    1. Select "Scan" from the menu on the bottom of your screen.

    2. It should default to your list of scanned books. If you see the camera instead, just tap "Done" on the bottom left to get to the list.

    3. Next to "Scanned Books" at the top of the page, tap "Clear"

  • How can I uninstall the iPhone app?

    1. Tap on the Goodreads icon and hold for two seconds, until all your applications begin jiggling.

    2. Tap on the "x" that appears on the top left of the Goodreads icon.

    3. When the dialog appears, tap "delete" to confirm.

  • Can I bulk scan in books to the iPhone app?

    You can scan multiple books at once onto your "read" or "to-read" shelf:

    1. Open the app and click "scan" in the bottom right menu.

    2. If you're not on the Scanned Books List, tap "Done" on the bottom left to get there.

    3. Check to see if you have scanned books in the list that you don't want to add to the shelf. If you do, scroll down to the bottom and tap "Clear Scanned Book List" before moving to step 4.

    4. Tap "Scan" on the top right to move into camera mode.

    5. Scan barcodes for all the books you'd like to add. You can just scan one after another without tapping or exiting into the list. As long as you see the ISBN appear in green below the viewer, the barcode has been processed.

    6. When you're done, tap "done" on the bottom left.

    7. Scroll down to the bottom and tap either "Add All to Read Shelf" or "Add All to To-Read Shelf", depending on your preference.

  • How can I disable notifications on the iPhone app?

    There are 2 kinds of notifications: Apple Push Notifications and Goodreads notifications. Push notifications are the ones you receive on your device even when the Goodreads app is not active or even when you're not using your phone. You typically see them in alerts that you can swipe up to open them in the Goodreads app. To disable push notifications, do the following:

    1. Tap on your "Settings" icon (it looks like silver gears).

    2. Tap "Notifications".

    3. Scroll down until you see "Goodreads".

    4. Select "Goodreads".

    5. Under "Alert Style", select "None" on the far left.

    You can also turn off Goodreads in the notification center at the top of your iOS device by switching "Notification Center" to "OFF" at the top.

    Even after disabling push notifications, you will still receive Goodreads notifications. These are the equivalent (no more, no less) of the notifications you see at the top right of the website's header, i.e. the "g" badge. The majority of these notifications come from groups or topics you are subscribed to. To disable them, simply go to the group or topic page and look for "Group Notification Settings" or "Topic Notification Settings," somewhere around the bottom of the page. Then simply turn them off.

    Keep in mind that even if you turn off the Group notification settings, you may still receive notifications for an individual topic in that group. The easiest way to turn everything off is to open the (unwanted) notification, scroll down and disable it using the Topic notification setting control.

    In addition, the website gives you full control over which Goodreads notifications you are receiving at this page: http://www.goodreads.com/user/edit?tab=emails

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Mobile Website

  • Can I read books on Goodreads?

    No, you can’t. If you’re looking for a great mobile reading experience that offers the world's largest catalog of ebooks, including thousands of free ebooks, we recommend the Kindle app, available for free from the App Store or Google Play:

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    If you’re looking for a place to discover a great book, a place to discuss your favorite books, or a place to get in touch with your favorite author, Goodreads is the place to be. 

  • Does Goodreads have mobile apps?

    Yes! Our official apps are available for free from the iOS App Store and Google Play Store.
    While we don’t have a Windows Phone app, there are a number of unofficial apps that make use of our API, including Epiphany and Social Reads.

  • How do I add a book to my Challenge from the mobile website?

    In order for a book to count towards your annual Reading Challenge, you'll need to set the date you finished the book as part of your review.

    The only way to do this on the mobile website is to mark the book as finished from the "Update Progress" button for a book that you're Currently reading. (On our non-mobile website, you can add the date at any time from your My Books page.)

  • How do I switch back and forth between the desktop and mobile versions of Goodreads?

    If you’re reading this, you’re likely on our mobile site. To switch to the full desktop version of the site, tap the menu icon at the top left of the screen (three stacked lines; some people call it a “hamburger”). Tap on “Switch to Desktop” at the bottom of the menu options and you’ll be taken to the full site.

    If you’d like to switch to the mobile site from our full site, scroll to the bottom of the home page and find “Switch to: mobile version." Just tap on that, and you’ll be taken to a mobile-friendly view.

  • How do I edit my friends list?

    You’ll need to visit our full (non-mobile) site to edit your friends list. (Here's how to switch to our desktop site on your mobile device.) Once you're on the desktop site, click on the Friends icon at the top right (two silhouettes, next to your profile picture) and find the friend in question. Once you click the green “edit friends” link at the top of your Friends list, you can add or revoke “top friend” status with your current friends, or remove friends completely. Any changes you make on the desktop site will apply to your account on the mobile site and apps.

  • How do I edit my privacy settings?

    We offer a range of privacy settings so that you can customize what you share with other members of Goodreads. To edit your privacy settings, you’ll need to visit our full (non-mobile) site (here's how). Then, click on the arrow next to your profile picture at the top of the page and select edit profile.

    Our privacy settings are located on the profile and settings tabs. You’ll find controls for what information we publish to your linked social networks on the apps tab.

  • How do I add a book to my custom shelves on the mobile site?

    Your custom shelves are available on our mobile site, but when you shelve a book, the default menu only displays our three main shelves (want to read, currently reading, and read). To access your custom shelves, simply tap the three-books icon and choose “See All Shelves” at the bottom of the list. You can choose which shelves to place the book on, and tap “I’m Finished” when you’re done

  • How do I access my groups from the mobile site?

    We do not yet have a mobile-optimized experience for groups. In order to join or leave groups, or participate in group discussions, you'll need to switch to our desktop site. (Here's how.) Any changes you make on the desktop site to your group membership will apply to your account on the mobile site and apps.

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Groups

  • How do I create a group?

    1) Click on "Groups" in the header.

    2) Click create a group just above the "browse by tag" section on the right.

  • How do I leave a group?

    To cancel your membership in a group, go to the group's homepage, click "edit membership" underneath the group's profile picture, then click "leave this group."

  • How do I add a group profile image?

    1) Navigate to the group's main page.

    2) Click on "group settings" in the menu on the top right.

    3) On the top right of the settings page, click "choose file".

    4) Go ahead and choose a file from your computer's directory.

    5) Click "upload photo".

  • How do I re-add a group member that was previously removed?

    Once you remove someone from a group, that person is automatically blocked from re-joining.

    Here's how to take the user off your blocked list:

    1. Go to your group page.

    2. Click on "members" on the right side.

    3. Click on "block/unblock users from joining" in grey at the bottom of the page.

    4. Click "unblock user" for the appropriate person.

  • How do I delete a poll in my group?

    1. Go to your group.

    2. Click "Polls".

    3. Click on "comments and details" next to your poll.

    4. Click "edit this poll" in the top right corner.

    5. Click "delete this poll" at the bottom.

    Note: only moderators can do this.

  • How do I add a discussion thread to a folder in a group?

    1) Navigate to your group's page.

    2) Click on "Discussion Board".

    3) Click on "edit folders" on the top right (see image -- click to enlarge).

    4) Click on "add a folder" on the top right to start adding folders. As soon as you have your folders, you can start adding discussion threads to them.

    5) Click on the discussion thread you'd like to add.

    6) At the top of the page, click "edit" next to the thread's title.

    7) Next to "folder", select a folder and save.

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Friends

  • How do I add friends?

    Adding friends is easy. If you already have the profile link for someone you'd like to friend, just navigate to his/her profile, then click "add as a friend" beneath the "about me" section.

    If you want to find friends on Goodreads and you don't have profile links, just click on the friends icon in the header, which is located directly to the left of your profile image. Then select the "add friends" tab.

    On this page you have several options to add friends:

    • use your Yahoo!, Hotmail, or Gmail address books to invite friends and see which friends are already Goodreads members
    • invite friends by copy/pasting the message from the box and sending it to your friends using email
    • search for friends already on the site using the 'find friends' box

  • How do I remove a friend?

    To remove a friend, click on the friends icon in the header (the icon directly to the left of your profile image) then the "edit friends" button. Click the X next to the name you wish to remove. The friend will not be notified. You can also navigate to the friends profile, scroll down to the bottom, and click "remove as friend".

  • How do I block another user?

    To block a user:

    1) Navigate to that user's profile page.

    2) Scroll down to the bottom of the page.

    3) Click "block this member".

  • What does it mean when a friend has "written a story" about me?

    A "story" on Goodreads indicates how two friends met. Unfortunately, it isn't a creative writing project.

    For example, if you wanted to record that you know your friend Sam from work, you would click "write a story" on his profile page, and then select "colleague."

  • What is the difference between being someone's friend and following their reviews?

    A friend relationship is two-way. You see their reviews, and they see yours. A following relationship is one-way. You see their reviews, but they don't see yours in their feed. That said, members you are following can view your profile if they choose to. There are separate counts for friends and followers. You are included in each other's friend counts, but only one-way followers are included in your follow counts.

    You can either be following someone or be their friend, not both. (There is one exception: authors who have a blog and/or are members of the Goodreads Author program.) In either case, you will see their reviews on your homepage when you have the appropriate filter settings.

  • Can I exclude certain friends from appearing in my update feeds?

    An easy way to exclude certain people from your feeds is to make a "top friends" list. This way, you can put all the people whose updates you would like to see in one place, separate from the people whose updates don't interest you. Then you can edit your feed to only display the updates from your "top friends".

    To do this:

    1) Click on the "Friends" icon in the header (the icon closest to your profile pic).

    2) Click "edit friends" on the top of the page

    3) Select the checkboxes of the people whose updates you would like to see as "top friends"

    4) Go back to the home page.

    5) Directly underneath the "updates" tab, there is an option that says, "showing: friend and people I'm following". Click the arrow to the right to display the list of settings.

    6) Select the radio button for "top friends" underneath the "From People" column on the right.

    7) Click the "apply filters" button.

    You can also prevent friends from showing up in your friend update emails by filtering your update emails as "top friends only" here.

  • What are top friends?

    Our "top friends" feature allows you to choose a select group of friends whose updates you want to see first. To start using top friends, click on the "friends" tab and then click the "edit friends" button. Use the check-boxes to choose your top friends. Then navigate to the home page and click the “top friends” toggle at the top. Your profile page will also show your top friends first. You can also change your email settings by selecting "edit profile" from the drop-down list to the right of your profile pic in the header, and then selecting the “emails” tab. Select "only top friends" next to "send me new reviews from my friends." Don't worry - your friends won't know if they are a top friend or not.

  • Why can't I add any more friends?

    We've recently instituted a friend limit of 5000, the same limit that Facebook currently has in place. This is because our system doesn't handle accounts with over 5000 friends very well.

    Please note that you can have an unlimited amount of fans and followers.

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Facebook

  • I've added the Goodreads app to my Facebook Timeline, but my updates aren't appearing on my Timeline. What's going on?

    Here are some things to check:

    1. Did I grant the app all the permissions it needs?
    Navigate to the Apps tab of your Account Settings. In the Facebook section, you should see a series of checkboxes. Make sure you click "Add to Timeline" and follow the instructions in the pop-up if it is not already checked. If you see these, and all the options you'd like to share are checked, move on to step #3 below.

    2. Did I check the Facebook checkbox before posting?
    At the bottom of the review window, you'll see a little Facebook icon next to a checkbox. If it's unchecked, sharing to Facebook is disabled, so make sure it's checked.

    3. Is the update in my "Activity Log"?.
    Facebook recently made some changes to the way it prioritizes certain types of updates for your Timeline. As a result, some of your Goodreads activity may not always appear in your Timeline, even though it will always appear in your Activity Log. While many of your updates can still be manually sent to the timeline via the pencil icon (“Shown on Timeline”) on your Activity Log, some posts may not have this option. To check, click on your Activity Log link, which should be on the top of your Timeline (see screenshot).

    4. The update still isn't appearing.
    Sometimes access to your Timeline expires, but this can easily be fixed. Log out of Goodreads, then log back in using Facebook Connect by clicking on the Facebook icon on the home page. Try to post a new update. If this still won’t work, your accounts may need to be re-linked:

    1. Go to the Apps tab on your Account Settings and click the gray link at the bottom that reads "disconnect Facebook from your Goodreads account".

    2. You'll need to disconnect the apps on Facebook as well; visit your Facebook General Account Settings. On the left-hand sidebar, click “Apps.” Next to Goodreads, click the X, then click “Remove” in the pop-up box.

    3. To connect the accounts again, go to the Apps tab on your Account Settings. Click the blue button that reads "Connect to Facebook" and authorize the app (make sure you have popups enabled). Edit your publishing preferences, then click "Save Settings."

    If you've tried all these steps, and you're still having trouble, please contact us.

  • How do I add Goodreads updates to my Facebook Timeline?

    1. Navigate to the apps tab on your edit profile page.

    2. You'll see a Facebook section on the left. Click the blue "Add to Timeline" button.

    3. A pop-up should appear asking for your Facebook credentials and for your permission to post. Grant all permissions.

    4. Navigate to your Facebook Timeline.

    5. On the top of your Timeline should be a number of boxes, such as "Friends", "Likes", and "Photos". There should be a drop-down with a number on the far right of these boxes (see screenshot below). Click on that.

    6. On the top right of one of the empty boxes that appears, click the plus sign.

    7. Select "Goodreads" from the drop-down list.

    Now you're all set up! The more you interact with the app on Facebook, the more prominently Goodreads updates will show on your Timeline. In the beginning, they may just appear in your Timeline's "Activity Log" (a gray link on the top of the page), but you can force them to appear on the Timeline itself. Just navigate to your Activity Log, click the circle to the far right of the Goodreads update, and select "Shown on Timeline" (see screenshot).

    If you have any trouble getting your Goodreads updates to appear, please see our troubleshooting help topic.

  • How do I get a review to post to my Timeline using the integration?

    First, check that you've granted all the necessary permissions on your apps tab. "Reviewing a book" should be checked. If you see "Add to Timeline" instead of checkmarks, please follow the directions to add Facebook integration here. You might also want to add Goodreads to your Favorites list on Facebook to ensure our updates are displayed more prominently on your Timeline.

    Now you're ready to review! Rate and review the book normally. As soon as you save the review, it should post over to your Activity Log in the form of a "wrote a review" action. To get it to show up on your Timeline:

    1) Navigate to your Facebook Timeline.

    2) Click on the gray "Activity Log" link on the top of your Timeline.

    3) Find the "wrote a review" update on the list and click on the circle to its far right (see screenshot).

    4) Select "Shown on Timeline" from the drop-down menu.

    When you navigate back to your Timeline, you should see your review appear in its own box.

    Alternatively, you can post a review outside of our Facebook integration. See how to do so here.

  • Can I post a review to Facebook the old way?

    Yes, but anything you post this way won't be aggregated in our Facebook integration.

    Here's how:

    1. Navigate to the page of the book you reviewed.

    2. Click on the "My Review" header.

    3. On the bottom right, click "share on Facebook". You should see a pop-up appear (if you don't, you'll need to disable your pop-up blocker or switch browsers).

  • Why aren't my Goodreads updates showing up in the News Feed or Ticker?

    Facebook's algorithms decide which updates are important enough to display in News Feeds and Ticker. The more you interact with our app, the more prominently your Goodreads updates will display. Likes and comments make it more likely that an update will show, as does manually choosing to feature it on your Timeline. You can do the latter by going into your "Activity Log" (a gray link at the top of your profile), clicking on the circle to the far right of the Goodreads update, and selecting "Shown on Timeline". If you haven't already, you should also add Goodreads to your Favorites list on Facebook. More information about that here.

    However, individual reviews will go to your News Feed if you post them manually (outside of our app's functionality). Just click on the "My Review" header on the book page, then click the "share on Facebook" link on the bottom right.

  • How can I hide certain Goodreads boxes on Facebook?

    You can control how your Goodreads information is aggregated on Facebook using your Facebook settings. Here’s how:

    1) Click on the gray “Activity Log” link on the top of your Timeline.

    2) Click on the “all” drop-down on the top right.

    3) Scroll down to the bottom of the drop-down menu and click “Goodreads”.

    4) There will now be a “Goodreads” header on the top of your Activity Log. On its right side, click “App Activity Can Show Up In…”

    5) Un-check the features you wouldn’t like to see. They should disappear automatically when you refresh.

  • I'm trying to add Facebook integration, but I only see a loading icon spinning and spinning...

    If the loading icon keeps spinning, it implies the Facebook pop-up that is supposed to appear was suppressed by your browser. Try disabling your pop-up blocker completely or switching browsers. If your account was connected to Facebook before the Timeline switch, the problem can be resolved by logging out of Goodreads and logging back in through Facebook Connect.

  • How do I add a Goodreads tab to my Facebook Page?

    To add an author or book tab:

    1. Create a Facebook Page if you don't already have one.
    2. Visit your author dashboard.
    3. Scroll down to the "Facebook Page Tab" section.
    4. Click the green "Add the Goodreads app" link in this section.
    5. A pop-up will appear. Choose your page from the drop-down menu and hit "Okay."
    6. Navigate to your Facebook fan page. You should now see a Goodreads icon on the "About" bar (under the "Like" button). Click on this to visit your page tab.

    That's it - your tab should be completely set up! The tab will default to showing an "Author" page, which will show all of your author information, details, and books. If you'd like to switch this to a dedicated book page instead, just go back to Facebook. Click on the page tab and scroll the whole way down. At the bottom right, you'll see a link that says "Edit your Goodreads tab settings." Click this to choose what type of tab you'd like to set up.

    If you would like to remove the tab or start over, navigate back to your author dashboard. Under "Facebook Fan Page Tab," you should now see a link that says "Reset your Page Tab and Start Over."


    To add a group tab:

    1. Create a Facebook Page if you don't already have one.
    2. Navigate to your group's page on Goodreads.
    3. Next to Membership, click "Edit."
    4. Scroll the whole way down the page to "Facebook Page Tab."
    5. Click the green "Add the Goodreads app" link in this section.
    6. A pop-up will appear. Choose your page from the drop-down menu and hit "Okay."
    7. Navigate to your Facebook fan page. You should now see a Goodreads icon on the "About" bar (under the "Like" button). Click on this to visit your page tab.

    This tab will default to showing the "Group" page. You can edit this setting by visiting the tab, scrolling the whole way down, and clicking "Edit your Goodreads tab settings."


    An alternative method is to visit the Goodreads page on Facebook. Make sure that you're using Facebook as yourself - not as your fan page. Click the gear icon (next to the "Like" button). On the drop-down, choose "Add App to Page." You'll get the same pop-up asking which Facebook page you want to add the tab to. After you click through the pop-up, you'll have to visit your fan page and click on the Goodreads tab. Choose the type of page tab that you'd like to add and hit "Save."

  • Can I get my Goodreads activity to appear in its own box on my Facebook Timeline?

    Yes, you can manually force your Goodreads activity to appear in its own box. Here's how:

    1. There should be a gray "Activity Log" button on the top of your Timeline. Click on that.

    2. Find your Goodreads update in the list. If you have a lot of activity, you can sort by Goodreads on the top right of the page.

    3. Click on the circle to the far right of your Goodreads update (see screenshot).

    4. Select "Shown on Timeline" from the drop-down menu.

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Giveaways

  • Can I list an ebook giveaway?


    Not at the moment, but if you sell your book on Amazon you should be able to very soon. As we recently announced, Goodreads is introducing Kindle Ebook Giveaways. The author or publisher of a book – whoever controls the digital distribution rights to the book – can now offer up to 100 copies of the Kindle ebook in a giveaway. The author or publisher chooses how long the giveaway will run, and Goodreads does the rest. At the end of the giveaway, Goodreads randomly chooses winners and automatically sends the Kindle ebooks to their preferred devices and Cloud accounts. Winners receive real Kindle ebooks, complete with all the great features and security that Amazon’s Kindle platform provides. 

    Kindle ebook giveaways will initially be open to Goodreads members in the U.S. During this beta period, Goodreads is working with Amazon Publishing to host Kindle ebook giveaways, but once out of beta, the program will be open to any author or publisher - whoever owns the digital distribution rights for the book - who sells their ebooks on Amazon. 

  • What do I do if I win a giveaway and don't receive the book?

    Every once and awhile, a book will be lost in the mail. Goodreads is not involved in book shipment, but if you don't receive the book within one month, we suggest that you contact the person who listed the giveaway (usually the author or a publisher). Here's how:

    1) Click on the giveaway that you won. You can find your history here.

    2) Click on the name of the person who listed the giveaway on the top right of the page.

    3) Click "send message" on the top of his/her profile.

    If you do not hear back in a reasonable amount of time, please let us know, and we'll do our best to intervene.

  • How long does it take for my giveaway to be approved?

    We try to approve all giveaways within 2 business days, though in periods of increased traffic, it sometimes takes longer. Contacting support does not expedite the process, so please be patient.

    If you edit your giveaway, it pends in the approval queue again so that our staff can ensure that it still adheres to our guidelines. This also takes about 2 business days.

  • Can I edit my giveaway once it is approved?

    Yes, though editing a giveaway once it has started running means it will need to be re-approved. We need to ensure that the giveaway stays within our guidelines. Your giveaway will not appear on the site while it is pending re-approval. You will not lose the entries you had before the edit.

    We recommend you review and verify the information you submit is accurate when you list the giveaway, but we understand if something unexpected happens. In that case, email us at support@goodreads.com to inform us about the situation sooner rather than later.

  • Can I list a giveaway for the same book multiple times?

    Yes, you can list a giveaway for a certain title as many times as you like, as long as the giveaway dates don't overlap. One must end before the next starts.

  • Kindle Ebook Giveaways: My book isn’t available in the U.S. Can I still list a giveaway? When will Kindle book giveaways be available to authors outside the U.S.?

    If your book isn’t available in the U.S., unfortunately it cannot be listed as an ebook giveaway at this time.

  • Kindle Ebook Giveaways: How do I run a Kindle ebook giveaway?

    For our initial beta we are working exclusively with Amazon Publishing, but you’ll be able to list a Kindle ebook giveaway soon. We will open up Kindle ebook giveaways to all publishers and KDP authors with an ebook in the Amazon store in the near future. Stay tuned for more!

  • Kindle Ebook Giveaways: When will Kindle ebook giveaways be available outside of the U.S.?

    We’re starting off the program in the U.S. Our goal is to make sure that we offer as many features as possible in other countries, but we do not have any timing on this yet.

  • Kindle Ebook Giveaways: Will you be running giveaways for other ebooks in the future? I prefer to read on my Nook or Kobo.

    We want ebook giveaways to be as easy and simple for the reader as our print giveaways are – you win the book, you get the book. Thanks to our close integration with Kindle, giveaway winners have the option to read ebooks on a wide variety of devices, including the free Kindle app on iPhones, iPads or Android phones and tablets. You can also read them on Kindle e-readers and Fire tablets. We have no plans to add ebook giveaways in other formats at this time.

  • Kindle Ebook Giveaways: I like reading print books. Are you getting rid of print giveaways?

    Not to worry, we’ll still have plenty of great print giveaways to choose from! Nothing about the print giveaway program is changing, and you’ll now be able to customize the giveaway page so that you see only the types of giveaways that interest you (print or Kindle ebook). You’re also welcome to enter both types of giveaways. Members outside the U.S. will still be able to enter print book giveaways available in their country.

  • Kindle Ebook Giveaways: Why aren't there as many Kindle ebook giveaways as print book giveaways?

    We’re starting off the Kindle ebook giveaways program by working with Amazon Publishing on a closed beta. Once out of beta, the program will be open to any author or publisher who sells their ebooks on Amazon.

  • Kindle Ebook Giveaways: I unlinked my Amazon account after I entered a Kindle Ebook Giveaway. What should I do?

    If the giveaway is still running, you can relink your Amazon account to be kept in the pool of entrants. Here’s how:

    1. Hover over your profile picture and select Account Settings.
    2. Navigate to the Apps tab and click on “Add Amazon Account.”
    3. Enter your Amazon login details in the pop-up window.
    4. Click “Sign in using our secure server” and “Okay.”

  • Kindle Ebook Giveaways: Why do I need an Amazon account to enter Kindle ebook giveaways?

    Our ebook giveaways are available in Kindle format only. As Amazon distributes Kindle books, you need an Amazon account to access the ebooks you win.

  • Kindle Ebook Giveaways: My ebook ended up on a family member's Kindle instead of mine. How did this happen?

    This can happen if you share an Amazon account with someone and their Kindle is set as the primary device on the account. Don’t worry – as your book is stored in your Cloud, you can still download it to your Kindle:

    1. On your Kindle, tap on “My Library.”
    2. Select “All.”
    3. Tap on the book cover to download your ebook.

  • Kindle Ebook Giveaways: How do I read the books I win using Kindle Cloud Reader?

    The Kindle Cloud Reader can be accessed on any browser. Sign in with your Amazon account credentials and click on the book cover image to start reading.

  • Kindle Ebook Giveaways: How do I read the books I win on my iOS device?

    First, you’ll need to download the free Kindle iOS app to your device. Then follow these steps:

    1. Tap on the app icon and select “Start Reading.”
    2. Sign in to Amazon.
    3. Tap on the book cover to start reading.

    If the app is not your primary device, you’ll need to download the book first on the Kindle iOS app:

    1. Tap on “Cloud” at the bottom of the screen.
    2. Tap on the book cover to download.

  • Kindle Ebook Giveaways: How do I read Kindle books on my Android device?

    First, you’ll need to download the free Kindle Android app to your device. Then follow these steps:

    1. Tap on the app icon and select “Start Reading.”
    2. Sign in to Amazon.
    3. Tap on the book cover to start reading.

    If the app is not your primary device, you’ll need to download the book first on the Kindle Android app:

    1. Tap on the menu icon.
    2. Select “On Device.”
    3. Tap on the book cover to download.

  • Kindle Ebook Giveaways: How do I read the books I win on my Kindle?

    Your ebook will be sent directly to your Amazon account. If your Kindle is set as your primary device, you’ll find your book in “My Library.” Just tap on the cover image to start reading. If your Kindle is not your primary device, tap on “My Library” from your Kindle, select “All,” and then tap on the book cover to download your book from the Cloud.

  • Kindle Ebook Giveaways: How long will it take to receive my book?

    If you’re selected as a winner at the end of the giveaway, your Kindle ebook will be delivered to your Amazon account and you’ll be notified by email. You can get started reading your ebook right away!

  • Kindle Ebook Giveaways: I don't have a Kindle e-reader. How can I read Kindle ebooks?

    Not a problem! You can read Kindle ebooks you win using the free Kindle iOS app, the free Kindle Android app, or in a web browser using the free Kindle Cloud Reader.

  • Kindle Ebook Giveaways: How do I Enter?

    Entering Kindle ebook giveaways is as easy as entering print giveaways. Just follow these steps:

    1. Navigate to the Giveaways page.
    2. Filter by “Kindle Giveaways.”
    3. Click on “Enter Giveaway” next to the giveaway you want to enter. If your Amazon account is already linked to your Goodreads account, agree to the giveaway terms and conditions and click “Enter Giveaway”.
    4. If your Amazon account is not linked to your Goodreads account, follow the prompts to link your accounts. Once you’ve done so, you’ll need to agree to the giveaway terms and conditions and click “Enter Giveaway”.

  • Can I list a giveaway for a book that's already been published?

    While most books in the giveaway program are new releases or haven't yet been released, we don't have a rule against books that were published in previous years. Feel free to do so!

  • I keep getting an error message that the book doesn't match any books in the database. Why?

    Your book needs to be listed in the Goodreads database before you can create a giveaway for it. To create a book record, navigate here.

    If your book listed on the site and you're still receiving this message, make sure you're entering either the 10-digit or the 13-digit ISBN number into the ISBN field, without hyphens. It needs to exactly match the ISBN number as listed in the book record.

  • Why isn't my book cover appearing on my giveaway?

    To display a cover image on your giveaway page, you'll need to upload a cover to the specific book record listed in the giveaway. To do this, go to your book page and click on 'edit details,' then upload the book cover on the right hand side where you'll see the image missing. Once your cover is uploaded to the record, it will appear on your giveaway page. Please be aware that we have fairly strict policies about not removing cover images once they've been uploaded. If your cover is not finalized yet, you might consider creating a cover that makes it clear that it is not the final version yet. Please read our guidelines about removing covers.

  • Which books can I offer through the giveaway program?

    You can offer a book as long as:

    1) You have the proper permission. Only the author, publisher, or official representative of the book can post a giveaway for it. If you are not any of those things, you must get permission from the author before listing.

    2) It is not an ebook edition. At this time, only print books are eligible for the giveaway program. We're working on a user-friendly interface for ebook giveaways, but they're not available yet.

    3) You don't have a giveaway for the same title right now. You can run giveaways for the same title as many times as you like, as long as they aren't overlapping. You just can't run them at the same time.

    4) The book already has a page on Goodreads that includes its ISBN. If you try to list a giveaway with an ISBN that isn't already on Goodreads, you'll get an error message. If your book isn't on the site, add it here. If your book is already on the site but doesn't have an ISBN on its listing, contact the Librarians Group for help.

    Note: While most books offered through the giveaway program are new releases, you can also list books that were published in previous years.

  • My email address isn't verified so I can't create a giveaway. How do I verify my email address?

    To verify your email address, go to your "edit profile" page and select the "settings" tab. If your email address isn't verified, you'll see a red message next to it - click "re-send verification email" and follow the instructions in the email you receive.

  • Can I send a message to the people who didn't win my giveaway, thanking them?

    Unfortunately, no. We've found from previous experience that many of our members consider such messages spam. While they have expressed interest in getting a free copy of your book, that doesn't necessarily mean they want to receive a message from you with a promotional offer.

    We recommend adding a link to your author profile in your giveaway and encouraging people to follow you. That way, they will stay up to date with everything happening with your book via your blog and status updates.

  • Do I lose all my entrants if I edit my giveaway?

    No, you won't lose any of your entrants. However, your giveaway will be re-submitted for review by Goodreads staff, so that we can ensure that your giveaway still adheres to our guidelines. It generally takes about 2 business days for a giveaway to be re-approved.

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Ebooks

  • What is Preview? Where is it available?

    You’ll find the “Open Preview” button on the page of any book that has a Kindle edition. Click on the “Open Preview” button and a sample of the book will open up inside Goodreads, using the Kindle Cloud Reader. This is available for members in the US only.

    Click on the “Open Preview” button and a sample of the book will open up inside Goodreads. If you like what you see, you can add the title to your Goodreads “Want to Read” shelf.

    Preview is currently available for our members in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Australia, and India.

  • Why can't I see Preview on a certain book?

    The "Preview" button will only appear for books that have an associated Kindle edition and an available sample. Try looking at the Kindle edition to see if the button appears. Here's how:

    1. Navigate to the book's page.

    2. To the right of the "Want to Read" button, you should see a small link that says "more details." Click that to open up the editions pane.

    3. You should now see other editions of the book. Click on "all editions."

    4. You're now on the Editions page. Find the Kindle edition and click on the title to view the Kindle edition's page.

    You should now see the Kindle edition of the book. If a sample is available, the "Open Preview" button will appear on this page. Simply click that to check out the book. If a sample isn't available, no button will appear.

  • How do I read books on Goodreads?

    We are primarily a book review and recommendations site. However, many books on the site do have samples available in our Preview feature. The Preview button will show up on any book that has a Kindle edition. Simply click the button to read a sample of the book.

    We also have a small selection of readable ebooks. If a book is readable, you'll see a green "read ebook" button below the cover image. Just click on that to start reading!

    You can find a list of all the free readable ebooks here.

  • Why is the Preview button appearing on non-Kindle editions?

    The Preview button will appear on all books that have an associated Kindle edition. Some hardcover or paperback books may be associated with a Kindle book in our database, which means that we're reasonably confident the text of the book is the same. In those cases, we show the "Open Preview" button on the physical edition of the book for your convenience.

    However, there are still cases where only the Kindle edition of a particular book will have the "Open Preview" button available on the book page. If you're really interested in previewing a particular book, we would suggest always checking the Kindle edition's page before concluding that there isn't a sample for that book available. Here's how.

  • Why is my whole ebook visible on the site? I only set the excerpt to a small percentage.

    Since you are the author of the ebook, you have the proper authorization to read the whole ebook on the site without paying. However, if your settings are correct, all other users shouldn't be able to.

    If you log into another account (friend, husband, etc) and you can still see the whole ebook, you might not have set it up correctly. Please note that only ePub files can be offered for sale with free excerpts. PDFs can only be uploaded as completely free excerpts. If you've uploaded a PDF by mistake, you can delete it by navigating to your book page, clicking "edit details" underneath the description, and clicking "delete" on the right side of the screen (underneath the ebook file).

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Privacy

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Author Program

  • What is the Goodreads Author Program?

    The Goodreads Author Program is designed for published authors to have a presence on Goodreads. Goodreads Authors can connect with fans, add excerpts of their writing, post upcoming events, and add photos and videos of themselves.

    In order to join our Author Program, you must have your books listed on Goodreads. If you can't find them by an ISBN search, you must manually add your books to Goodreads (advanced search => manually add). This option is only available to those with 20 books or more shelved. If you don't have enough books, please contact us in support and we'd be happy to help.

  • How do I join the Author Program?

    1. If you are already a Goodreads member, make sure you are signed in. If not, sign up for an account.

    2. Search for yourself and click on your published author name. The author name is listed below the title of your book in the search results. If you do not find your book in our database of published works, please see our section on who can join.

    3. Clicking on your name takes you to your basic author profile page. This page has your name at the top and "author profile" to the right of your name. This page is part of our database of books and authors and is separate from your member profile page (which lists your bookshelves and friends).

    4. Scroll down to the bottom of the page. Click "Is this you? Let us know." to send a request to join the Author Program.

    Please give us a few business days to process your request. You will receive email confirmation when we successfully upgrade your user account to an author account. Joining the program merges your author page with your member page. The email will also contain further instructions for managing your author profile.

  • Who is eligible to join the Author Program?

    The Author Program is designed for people with published books, or who are in the process of publishing a book. It's best if your work is on a bookseller's website, such as Amazon.com or BN.com, but we will accept any author who has published a book. This includes authors from other countries as well as authors who are self-published (such as through Barnes & Noble pubit! or services like Lulu).

    If your book is not yet in the Goodreads database, you may manually add it here. If you need assistance adding your book, please ask in the Goodreads Librarians group, where our army of volunteer librarians will be happy to help.

    If you need help joining the Author Program, visit our help topic.

  • As a Goodreads Author, how do I hide my birthday?

    If you have a Goodreads Author profile, you have to set your birthday to blank on both your author profile settings and your personal profile settings.

    You can find your author profile settings by clicking "edit data" underneath the bio on your profile.

    You can find your personal profile settings by clicking on the arrow next to your profile picture in the header and selecting "edit profile".

  • I have multiple pen names. Can I claim them all on Goodreads?

    Unfortunately, we are not currently set up to accommodate multiple pen names - each user profile can only be attached to one author profile at a time.

    However, we can add one common name of your choosing to each book published under each of your other pen names. This would automatically bring together all of your titles on your profile page. If author aliases are enabled in the future, we can then change these titles to the more accurate information. If you'd like to do this, please contact Support with the request.

    Alternatively, you can create a separate user profile for your pen name (by signing up for a new account using a different email address) and we can simply keep the two profiles separate until we can merge them properly. To sign up for a new account, log out of your current account and click "register" on the top right of the header.

  • Ask the Author: Who can use Ask the Author?

    Ask the Author is open to all members of the Goodreads Author program. If you are already a Goodreads Author, visit your author dashboard to turn on the feature. You can turn on the feature for a limited time (a few days that you can promote as an event) or you can leave it on for longer. We recommend that you only keep it on if you are open and available for answering questions. Otherwise, you should turn the feature off when you are going to be focused on other activities. (See here how to do this.)

  • Ask the Author: What is Ask the Author?

    Ask the Author, part of Goodreads Q&A, is a fun, easy way to interact with your readers that allows you to answer questions from Goodreads members right from your author dashboard. The questions you choose to answer will appear in the newsfeeds of all of your followers and the reader who asked the question will be notified on Goodreads and by email. Some of your most recent answers will live on your profile page, and readers can also view a page of all the questions you’ve answered in the past. It’s a great way to create an ongoing, living archive of interesting interactions with your fans that everyone can enjoy.

  • Ask the Author: How do I turn off Ask the Author?

    You can opt out of answering questions by going to your author dashboard and changing the toggle in the Ask the Author section from “On” to “Off.” This will immediately stop the flow of new questions. Any questions already on your author dashboard will remain for you to answer, should you choose to do so. If you choose to accept new questions at a future date, simply go to your author dashboard and enable the feature again.

  • Ask the Author: How do I enable Ask the Author?

    Go to your Author Dashboard and change the toggle in the Ask the Author section from “Off” to “On.” This will activate the Ask the Author section on your author profile, allowing readers to ask you questions. It’s a good idea to add a personal message letting fans know when or for how long you will be available.

  • How do I add a video to my author profile?

    You can add a video to an author profile as long as it's hosted on YouTube.com or Livestream.com.

    To upload a video, follow these steps:

    1. Navigate to the page of the video you'd like to add.

    2. Copy the video URL. Usually, you can do this by right-clicking the video player and selecting "Copy URL."

    3. On Goodreads, navigate to the author profile that relates to your video.

    4. On the left side, you'll see a "Videos" section. Click "add new" on the right side of that header.

    5. Paste the code into the "video URL" box.

    6. Enter any extra information (title, description, etc) and save.

  • Two different editions of my book are showing up separately. What can I do?

    As a Goodreads author, you can combine different editions of your work directly. This ensures all the ratings and reviews show up across all editions.

    Just make sure you're combining editions of the same work, and not all your books! For example, combine the paperback and eBook edition, but don't combine Book 1, Book 2, and Book 3 in a series into one work.

    If you make a mistake, you'll need to contact a Goodreads librarian to help you out.

  • Ask the Author: How can I answer questions from fans?

    When a reader submits a question, you will receive an email notification. To answer, go to your Author Dashboard, find the question, and click “Answer.” A text box will open in which you can write your answer. When you’re satisfied with your answer, click “Answer.”

    Each answer posts to your fans’ and followers’ newsfeeds for them to see, like, and comment on.

  • How do I set the default edition for a work?

    1) Navigate to the book's page. Be sure you have selected the edition you wish to become the default (primary) edition.

    2) Click "edit details" below the book's description.

    3) On the right side of the page, click "Set this book as the primary edition for this work". It's about midway down the page.

    Only Goodreads Authors can set the default edition at this time.

  • How do I add a book I've written to my list of works?

    My book has already been added to Goodreads, but it's not showing on my author profile. How do I claim it as the author?
    For a book to show up on your author profile, the name on the book must match your profile exactly. So a book listed with author John C. Smith won't show up on John Smith's profile.

    If you are one of several authors with the same name, you may have one or more extra space(s) between your first and last name. They are only visible on edit pages, but any books imported to the database will need to be edited to add the additional space(s).

    Post in the Goodreads Librarians group and a librarian will edit your book to match your profile.

  • What is the difference between an Author Profile and a regular profile?

    Every member of Goodreads has a user profile that allows him or her to review books, add friends, and post information about themselves, including listing their favorite books and authors and their interests. Users can also upload photos, organize their books into custom shelves, and post quotes they like. When an author signs up for Goodreads, he or she begins with this basic user profile.

    Any author with a book listed in the Goodreads catalog has an author profile that lists all of the author's published work, whether he or she is a member of Goodreads or not. When an author joins the Author Program, we merge his or her user profile with their author profile. Becoming a Goodreads Author carries special privileges, such as the ability to edit profile information, add book cover images, post events, write a blog, upload videos, and use Ask the Author.

    Once you've signed up for the Author Program, nothing changes about your login process — you'll still use the same username and password — but now your user profile will point to your author profile.

    To view your Author Profile, click on your profile picture in the upper right-hand corner of your homepage. To edit that profile, you have two choices:

    Click on the edit profile link, which appears under the dropdown menu next to your profile pic in the header.

    OR

    Simply click on your name under any of your books. This will take you to your profile. To edit it from there, click the "edit data" link that appears just above your "about this author" section on your profile.

  • I'm a Goodreads Author and I just received a negative review. What do I do?

    It is Goodreads' belief that honest reviews (positive or negative) are crucial for the site. Low star ratings or reviews such as "I didn't like the stories/characters/ etc." are fine; but reviews that say "Don't read this book because he/she is a jerk" or something similar may receive a lower priority in our internal ranking system—and may not appear on the community-wide book page. If you find questionable content on Goodreads, please flag the item or send us a link to it, and we will look into it. To flag a review from the book page where all the reviews are shown, click on “see review” at the bottom of the review in question. On the review page, you will see a Flag button at the end of the review next to the Like button.

    Please flag reviews rather than responding directly to them. Should you respond to a negative review in a manner that is harassing, intimidating, or otherwise insulting to the reviewer, your account may come under review for deletion.

  • What happens to my user profile and activity when I become a Goodreads Author?

    When you join the Goodreads Author Program, your user profile is merged into your author profile. You won't lose any of your user activity (like your friends or your reviews), but it will then be attached to your author profile on the left hand side.

    Now to edit your profile, you'll have to click "edit data" on the author profile page itself, rather than clicking "edit profile" in the top-right menu of Goodreads.

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Recommendations

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Advertisers

  • What is Goodreads self-serve advertising?

    The Goodreads self-serve advertising product is an affordable and practical way to reach the broader Goodreads community. The product runs on a cost-per-click (CPC) model, where you determine how much to invest in the overall campaign and sets a bid per click. Ads consist of a small image, a title, a description, and a destination URL, which you can set up directly via the advertising dashboard on Goodreads. You can create an unlimited number of ads within a campaign at no extra charge.

  • Where do the ads appear on the site?

    Goodreads ads appear on all book discovery pages, including the homepage, search page, and when users browse books. You can find them on the page under ‘sponsored links’ or ‘sponsored books.’ Goodreads reserves the right to change the placements of the ads to provide the best possible service.

  • How much does it cost to run a self-serve advertising campaign on Goodreads?

    You can start a self-serve ad campaign for as little as $10.00, though we recommend you invest between $50.00 and $150.00 in your initial campaign. The self-serve advertising works on a cost-per-click platform (CPC), which only deducts funds when someone clicks on one of your ads. This means you pay the full amount for your campaign upfront, and fund are only deducted if someone clicks on your ad. You can set the price for the clicks, and indicate how much you’re willing to have deducted on a daily basis.

  • What kind of targeting is available for these ads?

    Goodreads ads can be targeted to a set list of genres or authors. Ads will only be shown to members who have rated a book 3 or more stars for those genres/authors. Gender and country targeting are also available.

  • What does a successful self-serve advertising campaign look like?

    A successful self-serve advertising campaign typically runs for three months, or until funds invested by the advertiser run out. A successful campaign has several ads running, each with a slightly different variable: different targeting, different headline, description, image, or destination URL. The best campaigns start with several ads, and the ads target either fans of various relevant genres, or fans of relevant authors. The title and the description catch the eye and make member want to click on the ad to learn more about the book, so it’s really important to make sure those two aspects of the ad are carefully considered.

  • When will my ads get approved?

    Our team reviews and approves each ad individually every day of the week.

  • How does Goodreads determine which ads to show on the site?

    We use an algorithm to determine which ads are shown on the site. A major factor in this algorithm is initial click-through rate – that's the click-through rate for the ad in its first few thousand impressions for the day. The ads that generate more clicks in those first few thousand impressions are shown more frequently throughout the day, while those that don't generate as many clicks early are given a lower priority.

    This is how we make sure that the most relevant ads are shown most frequently.

    However, each ad gets a fresh chance each day, as its performance the day, as its performance the day before had no effect on its placement the next day. Most of the time, when an ad experiences a low in impressions, the ad will rebound the next day.

  • How does an ad show the number of ratings and reviews for my book?

    Once your ad has been linked to your author profile, engagement stats will be enabled. The information will be sent to you via daily email reports if that option is enabled on the campaign.

  • I made a change to the copy in my ad. Why is it not showing?

    Every time you change the copy or creative for your ad, the Goodreads staff reviews it again to ensure that it still complies with our Terms and Conditions. Ads are reviewed and approved during regular business hours Pacific Time, every day of the week.

  • Can I edit my ads once they start running?

    You can edit the details of your ad budget or your ad creative at any time. Please note that when you make edits to your ad creative, those changes will need to be reviewed and approved by the Goodreads team. The team reviews ads to ensure they comply with our Terms and Conditions during regular business hours Pacific Time every day of the week.

  • My ad has no clicks, do you have any suggestions?

    Here are some suggestions to use if your ad has been running for awhile, but has not received any clicks.

    Target as many readers as possible. You don’t want to show your ad to everyone, but you need a large enough audience to generate interest.

    Use gender and age targeting sparingly. Ads with gender and age targeting will not be shown to members who don't share their gender and age with us. We suggest that you only use age targeting only to make your ad “adults-only.”

    Create multiple ads within the same campaign. This allows you to test different ads to different audiences to see which resonates best.

    Create a specific call to action. Tell viewers of your ad exactly what you want them to do next, whether it’s “Add to your shelf!” or “Read an excerpt!” Please note that “Buy my book!” does not work very well as a call to action.

    Direct members to your Goodreads book page. Goodreads members are more likely to click on an ad when it redirects them to a familiar page within the site.

    Enable engagement stats. Engagements stats share the number of reviews, an excerpt, or a link to a giveaway if there is one running concurrently. These stats are only available if you direct members to your Goodreads book page.

    Review your ad performance weekly. At the end of each week, take a look at how your ads performed taking into account the click-through-rate ("CTR", which is the average number of clicks per ad viewing). The average CTR on Goodreads is 0.05%.

    Edit often. If ads aren’t performing as expected, change them! This also prevents what’s known as “ad fatigue” for viewers who may see your ad multiple times.

    Pause an ad when it’s not working. Pausing an ad will disable it from running and potentially using funding. Unfortunately we cannot delete ads or campaigns.

    Set campaigns to end automatically. When funds run out, we will alert you that it’s time to review your overall campaign and possibly run another one.

    If you have any questions, please contact us.

  • Do the clicks on ads update in real time or do they take a while to show up?

    Clicks update every 15 minutes.

  • What do I do if I didn’t receive my daily reports?

    Please email us at support@goodreads.com so that we can look into this, and please be sure to let us know the date you last received the daily report email.

    While we research this, you can still see a breakdown of your stats. Here’s how:

    • Scroll down to the bottom of your campaign page.
    • Click on the “graph with each ad” link.
    • On the resulting page, select the specific month from drop-down menu.
    • Select the stats you would like to see (views, clicks, etc.) in the “show” section.
    • Next, scroll down to the bottom, and click on the small “Click here for breakdown” link.

  • If no one clicks on my ad, and it ends, will I get my money back?

    Absolutely! If your ad campaign ends without a single click, we’re happy to refund the remaining funds at any time. Simply email support@goodreads.com with the details and one of our Experts will gladly assist you.

  • What can I do to improve my ad campaign?

    Adding targeting to only allow certain demographics to see your ad can really benefit ads. Here are a few examples of ad targeting that could potentially help you have a successful ad campaign:

    • Create one ad targeting only 4-5 genres.
    • Create one ad targeting only fans of authors with average 25,000 ratings or more.
    • Create one ad targeting only fans of one specific author.
    • Create one ad targeting only women or one targeting only men.
    • Create an ad in tandem with a giveaway. Please make sure the giveaway is live before doing this.
    • Create multiple ads within the same campaign. The platform allows you to create unlimited number of ads within a campaign. Your funds are only deducted when someone clicks on an ad, and by having a few different ads running at the same time, you’ll find out which ones are the most popular.
    • Create an ad that includes engagement stats. These are stats that indicate how many readers have added your book to their shelves.
    • Create multiple ads within the same campaign.

  • Can I create multiple ads within the same campaign? If yes, would it affect my funds?

    You can create as many ads within the same campaign as you like without it affecting your overall funding. You’re only charged when someone clicks on your ad.

  • How do I hide an ad running within a campaign?

    1. Go to your ad’s dashboard and open the campaign’s page.
    2. Under the “Ads in This Campaign” section, find the book in question.
    3. On the bottom left side of the book section, click on “Pause ad”.
    4. Once paused, the “Hide ad” option will appear under “Paused ad”.

  • How do I pause an ad running within a campaign?

    1. Go to your ad’s dashboard and open the campaign’s page.
    2. Under the “Ads in This Campaign” section, find the book in question.
    3. On the bottom left side of the “Ads in This Campaign” section of the ad, click on “Pause ad”.

  • What is the difference between books added and to-read?

    “Books added" means that a user adds the book to any of their shelves (not just their "to-read" shelf). This could include the custom shelves that many of our users create, whereas "to-read" only takes into account users who specifically added a book to their "to-read" shelf. We include both of these numbers to give you a broader idea of how your book is being shelved by users during the campaign.

  • How can I create an ad campaign?

    Please follow these steps to create a new campaign:

    1. Visit your Advertising Dashboard
    2. Click on 'create a new ad' on the right-hand side of the screen.

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    3. On the resulting page, click on the dropdown to the right of the "Campaign" field and choose 'start a new one':



    4. Enter the new campaign details, and scroll down to 'save':



    Follow the prompts to complete all of the required details.

  • How much can I pay per click?

    We recommend a default rate of $0.50 per click, and the minimum bid per click is $0.10. While higher bid amounts are given priority, the initial click-through rate is still more important in determining which ads are shown the most frequently. The click-through rate is the number of clicks that your ad receives divided by the number of times your ad is shown on the website, expressed as a percentage.

  • What is cost-per-click?

    Cost Per Click (CPC) indicates the price you pay for each click in your pay-per-click (PPC) marketing campaigns. This is the amount you’re charged each time a user clicks on your ad. The cost per click that you set will always be less than, or equal to, your maximum bid (maximum amount invested in the campaign).

    A "click" on one of your Campaigns represents a visit to its page. Every click indicates that a person is engaging with your ad. This engagement is what you're paying for in the campaign.

  • My ad won't load despite the ISBN input. The wheel just keeps spinning. What can I do?

    It might help to try a different browser, such as Chrome, Firefox, or Safari. Sometimes the browser isn’t compatible with the page format, and using a different one generally does the trick. We’d also suggest disabling pop-up blocking and ad-blocking plugins, as they might be the reason why your as doesn’t load. If the problem persists you could try clearing your cache and cookies and refreshing your browser. If that doesn't work, email us at support@goodreads.com and we'll look into what else might be going on!

  • Why was my ad rejected?

    Your ad may get rejected for the following reasons:

    1. The title or description is incomplete or cuts off mid-sentence
    2. The ad is missing an image or if the image
    3. The display URL is different from the destination URL

    You can make edits directly to your ad and resubmit the ad for approval.

    Make sure your ads fall within our advertising guidelines.

  • What if I want banner advertising or a sponsored email?

    Contact us to learn more about our premium advertising packages, which start at $5,000.

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Advertising

  • What size image is allowed for self-serve ads?

    If you're not using the book's cover image, or advertising a book, we recommend adding a small image (50px x 66px) to accompany your ad and visually explain your book or product. If you have any questions about this, please contact us at support@goodreads.com

  • Sponsored posts are paid advertisements. Authors and publishers want to promote their books on our site because they know that the most discerning and influential readers use Goodreads.. Advertising helps us to maintain Goodreads and continue to improve the site.

    We have three guiding principles for sponsored posts:

    Transparent - We will always clearly identify the post as sponsored.
    Relevant – Sponsored posts will be relevant to you.
    Consistent - Sponsored posts should feel like a natural part of the Goodreads design and not detract from the overall experience.

    If you’re not interested in a particular ad, you can tell us via the menu in the top-right corner of every sponsored post. We’ll remember your preferences, and you won’t see that book promoted in your updates again.

    If you have feedback on the sponsored posts you see, or any aspect of their presentation, please contact us.

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Android

  • Can I Read Books on Goodreads?

    No, you can’t. If you’re looking for a great reading experience that offers thousands of free ebooks, we recommend the Kindle app, available for free from the Google Play store:

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    If you’re looking for a place to discover a great book, a place to discuss your favorite books, or a place to get in touch with your favorite author, Goodreads is the place to be. 

    And if you're in the United States, Canada, or the United Kingdom, you can Preview most books within the app to help decide if it's the right one for you. To see if a book has a preview available, just look for the preview button on the book page:

  • How do I edit my Profile?

    You’ll need to visit our full (non-mobile) site to edit your profile and account settings. Once you’re on the desktop site, click on the arrow next to your profile picture at the top of the page and select edit profile. Use the tabs at the top of the page (e.g. profile or feeds) to make any desired changes or review your current settings. Be sure to click on the “save” button at the bottom of the page to save your preferences. Any changes you make on the desktop site will apply to your account on the mobile site and apps.

  • Why does the Android App tell me to "Please sign in or sign up" after I try to sign in?

    This problem occurs when the time on your Android device is incorrect, which is most often due to your time zone setting (PDT, EST, etc) being incorrect. Goodreads turns down important requests when your clock is too far off as part of protecting your account.

    For example, let's say you're in California and it's 3:00 PM. Your Android time reads 3:00 PM, but the time zone is set to "Eastern Daylight Time". Since it's 6:00 PM on the East Coast, your clock is actually three hours behind.


    Here's how to fix the time:
    1. From the Android home screen, press on Android's menu button.
    2. Choose "Settings".
    3. Choose "Date & Time," which is usually near the bottom of the list.
    4. Ensure that the date, time zone, and time are all correct.

  • Can I sign into the NOOK or Android app with Facebook?

    Yes, you can now sign into the NOOK and Android Apps through Facebook! Just tap the Facebook connect icon on the sign-in page.

  • How do I edit my profile on the Android app?

    Unfortunately it's not yet possible to edit your profile on the app, but you can do so on the Goodreads website. Here's how:

    1. Go to the Goodreads desktop site.

    2. Click on the arrow next to your profile picture.

    3. Click on "edit profile."

    4. After editing your profile, be sure to click on "save settings" at the bottom of the page.

  • How do I set a book's date read on the Android app?

    1) Start on the main app page.

    2) Tap 'My Books' the second option from the top.

    3) Tap on the shelf the book is on.

    4) Tap on the book's title.

    5) Scroll down to the "My Review" section.

    6) Tap 'edit review'.

    7) You'll see 'date finished' and 'date started' on the top. Tap 'not set' or the date (if there is one already) to update it.

    8) Enter the date and tap 'Set'.

  • Can I sign into the NOOK or Android Apps through Twitter or Gmail?

    We are currently working to add support for Google and Twitter log-ins, so stay tuned!

    In the meantime, if you normally sign in through Twitter or Google and you'd like to use these apps, you will have to create a Goodreads login.

    1) Sign into Goodreads as normal using your Twitter/Google login on the computer.

    2) Head to the "edit profile" option (located in the drop-down menu to the right of your profile pic in the header).

    3) Under the "settings" tab of the account page, there is a space for you to fill in your email address and a password. As soon as you fill these in and save, you should be able to login using this email and password on the website, the Nook/Android app, and the mobile website.

  • Trouble running or updating the app on the NOOK Color

    If you see an "Unable to install" message when trying to run the Goodreads app on the NOOK Color then you need to replace it with the new version from the Apps shop. Here are the steps:

    1. In the "apps" screen, press and hold the Goodreads app icon. A menu will appear.
    2. Choose "Archive". The old version of the app will now be archived.
    3. Go to the NOOK Color Apps shop by tapping on "Discover More NOOK Apps"
    4. Search for "Goodreads" using the search feature at the bottom of the screen. The only Goodreads app in the results is the new version (1.6.1 or higher).
    5. Choose and install this version.
    If you encounter any issues or would like more information, please visit this post in our Feedback Group.

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Goodreads On Kindle

  • How do I follow someone on Goodreads on Kindle?

    1) Navigate to the profile of the member you’d like to follow.

    2) On the top of the screen, tap the “Follow” button.*

    3) The button should switch to read “Following”.

    *If you don’t see a “Follow” option, the member has disabled following for their account. In that case, you can only send a friend request to receive updates on their activity.

  • How can I send a friend request from Goodreads on Kindle?

    From Kindle Fire:

    1) Navigate to the profile of the member to which you’d like to send the friend request.

    2) On the top of the screen, tap the “Friend” button.

    3) The button should switch to read “Friend Request Sent”.

  • How do I add a book to a shelf on Goodreads on Kindle?

    1) Find the “Want to Read” button next to the book you’d like to shelve.

    2) On the right side of the button, tap on the shelf icon (it looks like a few books learning against each other).

    3) When the shelf list drops down, tap on a shelf name to add the book to that shelf.

    4) The “Want to Read” portion of the button should now reflect the new shelving.

  • How can I remove someone from my friends list on Goodreads on Kindle?

    From Kindle Fire:

    1) Navigate to the profile of the member you’d like to un-friend.

    2) Tap the checked “Friends” button at the top of the screen.

    3) An “Are you sure?” pop-up should appear. Tap “Remove” to confirm.

    4) The checked “Friends” button should revert to the unselected “Friend” state.

  • How do I write a text review on Goodreads on Kindle?

    From Kindle Fire:

    At the moment, it’s only possible to write text reviews for books you already own on Kindle.

    Here’s how to write a review in that case:

    1) Open the ebook you’d like to review.

    2) Navigate to the last page of the book.

    3) Swipe to the left as if you’re swiping to the next page.

    4) You should see a black “Before You Go…” page. Tap “Review this book” at the top.

    5) Enter your rating and/or review on the following page and tap “Submit” to post. If you’d like to post to just Goodreads or just Amazon, you can toggle back and forth by tapping “options” below the review box.

  • How can I cancel a friend request on Goodreads on Kindle?

    From Kindle Fire:

    1) Navigate to the profile of the member you no longer want to request as a friend.

    2) Tap on the “Friend Request Sent” button at the top of their profile.

    3) An “are you sure?” pop-up should appear. Tap “Remove” to confirm.

    4) The “Friend Request Sent” button should revert to an unselected “Friend” state.

  • How do I launch Goodreads on Kindle?

    From Kindle Fire:

    There are a few ways to launch Goodreads on Kindle. On the home screen of your device, tap the “Apps” link at the top. Goodreads on Kindle should be listed here.

    Alternatively, tap the “Books” link to see your collection. From here, you can tap the small “g” icon at the top of the screen to visit Goodreads on Kindle. You’ll also find a link in the navigation menu on the left, which you can access by tapping the three stacked lines at the top left-hand corner of the screen.

  • For Goodreads on Kindle-enabled Kindle Fires, you can search for a book by title or author with the magnifying glass icon in the top right corner of the app.

    Although search is not currently available in Goodreads on Kindle on Kindle Paperwhite devices, this is only the first version of the app and we hope to be able to add more features in future updates-- stay tuned!

  • How do I post a reading progress update on Goodreads on Kindle?

    Goodreads is available on all new Kindles, the Kindle Voyage and the second generation Kindle Paperwhite, in the United States, Canada and Australia.

    When you tap “Share,” you’ll be prompted to share your thoughts on Goodreads about the book that you’re reading. Once you’ve written your thoughts and tapped the “Share” button, the text will appear as an update on your profile page and updates feed. Your friends will be able to like it and comment on it.

    Here's how:

    1) Open the book from which you’d like to post.

    2) Tap in the middle of the screen to bring up the reading menu.

    3) Tap “Share” at the top.

    4) You’ll see a “Share on Goodreads” screen. Add the status update to the text box.

    5) Tap “Share” to post the status update.

  • How do I get Goodreads on my Kindle?


    If you have an eligible device (most newer Paperwhite, Voyage and Fire models) and in a supported Marketplace (US, UK & Ireland, Canada, or Australia) you should automatically see the"g" logo in the navigation bar on your e-ink Kindle or find the Goodreads on Kindle application in your apps.

    If not, you may need to de-register and re-register your kindle in order to get Goodreads. Don't worry, you won't lose any of your purchases or account information.

    To deregister a device:

    From your computer:

    1. Visit Manage Your Content and Devices

    2. Select your device and select Deregister at the bottom of the page (you may need to click on the Device Actions drop menu to find this option).

    3. To confirm, select Deregister again on the pop-up window.

    From your device:

    1. From Home, press the Menu button, and then select Settings.

    2. Select Deregister.


    To Re-Register:

    Make sure your device is connected to Wi-Fi or 3G and re-register the Kindle from the device's Settings menu by entering your Amazon email and password. This should enable Goodreads on Kindle for your device.

    If not, or if you're still having trouble, please contact us at support at goodreads dot com and let us know which device you are using.

  • Currently, Goodreads on Kindle only allows you to link your Goodreads account to a single Amazon account, and vice versa. If you try to sign in to Goodreads on a Kindle with a different Amazon registration, you'll see an error message that your Goodreads account is already linked to an Amazon account. If you see this message on your own Kindle, it's possible there's a problem with the link between your Accounts. In either case, the easiest way to fix this is to visit the Apps Tab and unlink your Amazon account, then try to sign in on your Kindle again. You should be prompted with a fresh sign-in page, and should no longer see the error message.

  • How do I post a review to only Goodreads on Goodreads on Kindle?

    On Kindle Fire:

    At the moment, it’s only possible to write text reviews for books you already own on the device. Here's how to post a review for those books only to Goodreads (and not to Amazon):

    1) Open the ebook you’d like to review.

    2) Navigate to the last page of the book.

    3) Swipe to the left as if you’re swiping to the next page.

    4) You should see a black “Before You Go…” page. Tap “Review this book” at the top.

    5) Below the review box, tap “Options”.

    6) Uncheck “Amazon” and tap “Save”.

    7) Enter your rating and/or review on the following page and tap “Submit” to post.

  • How do I remove a book from my shelves on Goodreads on Kindle?

    From Kindle Fire:

    1) On the top left of the app, you’ll see a menu icon (it looks like three stacked lines). Tap on that icon.

    2) When the menu slides out, tap the name of the shelf on which the book had been placed.

    3) Locate the book you’d like to remove in the list.

    4) You’ll see a shelf icon to the right of the book and the shelving notation (it looks like a few books learning against each other). Tap on that icon.

    5) When the shelf list drops down, tap “Remove from shelf”.

    6) Tap "Remove" to confirm.

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Security

  • How do I report a security issue?

    At Goodreads we take the security of our users and their data very seriously.

    For security issues related to a single account please contact Customer Care. This includes such items as:

    - Unauthorized account access
    - Spam
    - Copyright infringement
    - Harassment

    For security issues that affect a large number of Goodreads users please contact our security team at security@goodreads.com. This includes such items as:

    - CSRF
    - XSS
    - improper access controls
    - API flaws

    For sensitive communications please use our PGP key:

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  • Does Goodreads use SSL to secure your private information?

    All Goodreads pages that collect private information are secured through SSL. SSL is a browser security layer that ensure the information is being sent from your browser to our webservers in an encrypted, secure manner.

    All pages are encrypted with SSL once you are signed in. You can tell if you are on a SSL page by seeing in your browser bar if the page starts with https instead of http. Also, some forms (like our sign in form on the signed out homepage) can submit directly to a SSL page, so you may not see it in the browser bar.

  • Goodreads stores my credit card. Is that secure?

    You can optionally store your credit card on file with Goodreads when using products such as ebooks and self-serve advertising. Goodreads uses a large, secure, 3rd party named Braintree Payment Solutions to store and process credit cards. Goodreads, including all our employees, never have access to your credit card information. Braintree is PCI complaint, and handles payment infrastructure for many large companies.

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Q&A

  • What is Goodreads Q&A?

    Ask and answer questions about books!

    You can pose questions to the Goodreads community with Reader Q&A, or ask your favorite author a question with Ask the Author.

    Here’s more about both:

    Reader Q&A
    Readers can ask and answer questions about a specific book and “like” their favorite answers. To ask a question, visit the book’s page on Goodreads. (Use the search box at the top of the site to search for any book title.) Scroll down the book page, and you will see a space called Reader Q&A. You can also select “More Questions about…” to view other questions Goodreads members have asked. If someone answers your question, you’ll be notified on Goodreads and by email.

    Ask the Author
    Readers can ask questions and receive answers from their favorite authors. To ask a question, visit the author’s profile page. (Use the search box at the top of the site to search for any author.) Scroll down the author profile, and if the author is a member of Goodreads who is accepting questions you will see a space called Ask the Author. You can also select "More answers from…" to view all of the questions the author has answered in the past. If the author answers your question, the question and answer will appear on the author’s profile as well as in the newsfeeds of the author’s followers, and you will be notified on your Goodreads homepage and by email.

  • Reader Q&A: Who can use Reader Q&A?

    Any registered member of Goodreads can ask or answer a Reader Q&A question. Any visitor to Goodreads can read questions and answers.

  • Reader Q&A: How can I ask other readers a question?

    To ask readers a question, go to the book page. (Use the search box at the top of the site to search for any book title.) Scroll down the book page, and you will see a space called Reader Q&A. Enter your question in the box provided and click “Ask.” This will post your question on the book page for other Goodreads members to answer. Your friends and followers will also see your question in their Goodreads newsfeeds.

  • Reader Q&A: What kinds of questions can I ask other readers?

    You can ask any kind of question related to a specific book or author. You can ask questions about:

    • Specific characters or plot points
    • Other books in the series
    • Interpretations of specific passages or scenes

    Some examples of questions readers have asked other readers include:
    “Critics have called this book 'Dickensian' – what do they mean by that? In what ways is it like something from Charles Dickens?” – Ami, asking about The Goldfinch

    “If you work in a restaurant, did you love or hate this book?” – Suzanne, asking about Sous Chef

    “Are the corruptions related to high-frequency trading on a similar scale to the horror show that was mortgage-backed securities?” – Patrick, asking about The Big Short

    “Why did they change the title of the U.S. edition?” – Michael, asking about Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

  • Reader Q&A: What if I see an inappropriate question or answer?

    If you see an inappropriate question or answer, please flag it to bring it to our attention. To flag a question or answer, simply hover over the question or answer and a “flag” icon will appear. Click that icon and select from the menu of options to explain why the content is inappropriate.

  • Ask the Author: Who can use Ask the Author?

    Any Goodreads Author can opt to receive questions from Goodreads members. Any Goodreads member can ask an author who has turned on the feature questions.

  • Ask the Author: What kinds of questions can I ask authors?

    You can ask any kind of question related to a specific book by that author or general questions about that author's writing. You can ask questions about:

    • The author’s writing process
    • The author’s favorite writers or influences
    • Questions about specific characters or moments in books
    • Anything about the author’s life as a writer

    Some examples of questions readers have asked authors include:

    "How would you respond to people who say Hazel and Augustus are unrealistic characters because they are intelligent?" –Destiny, asking author John Green

    “You often write about relationships among sisters. Do you have a sister and how would you describe your relationship with her?” – Keanes, asking author Liane Moriarty

    “Why did you choose to include the Philippines in your book The Five People You Meet in Heaven?” – Grace Ramirez, asking author Mitch Albom

  • Ask the Author: How can I ask an author a question?

    To ask an author a question, go to the author’s profile page. (Use the search box at the top of the site to search for any author.) Scroll down the author profile, and if the author is a member of Goodreads who is accepting questions you will see a space called Ask the Author beneath the list of the author’s books. Enter your question in the box provided and click “Ask.” This will send your question to the author. If the author answers your question, the question and answer will appear on the author’s profile as well as in the newsfeeds of the author’s followers. You will be notified on your Goodreads homepage and by email.

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Feedback Groups