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  • Currently, Kindle Notes & Highlights are only available for ebooks you’ve purchased on Amazon. You can continue adding your notes and highlights to your Kindle ebook as you read it, but unfortunately they aren’t eligible for viewing on Goodreads. We do hope to extend this to ebooks you’ve borrowed in the future, so stay tuned!


  • Unfortunately it isn’t currently possible to view all Kindle notes and highlights you or a friend have added to multiple ebooks, though it’s something we’d like to include in the future. You can always view individual notes and highlights by navigating to specific reviews on Goodreads and clicking on “Kindle Notes & Highlights” beneath the read dates.

  • 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.


  • Once you make a Kindle highlight public, click on the percent link directly to its left to navigate to the unique page for that highlight. You can then share that URL with anyone you’d like. If you choose to make your highlight private later, it won’t be accessible via the link anymore.


  • There are built-in constraints in Kindle Notes & Highlights designed to protect against sharing too much of a book. We’re still looking to monitor and adapt this as we improve the feature. You can still see your entire highlight directly from your Kindle device.


  • Not at all! You can actually create Kindle Notes & Highlights using the free Kindle Cloud Reader on any web browser. You’re also welcome to use the free native Kindle apps for iOS and Android to take notes or add highlights while you read.


  • Kindle Notes & Highlights are always private unless you choose to make them visible to those who can view your Goodreads profile. To make your notes and highlights visible, simply navigate to your review and click on “Kindle Notes & Highlights” underneath your read dates. From this notes and highlights page, click on “Make all visible.” To hide all of your notes and highlights for a book, click on “Hide all” at the top right of your notes and highlights page. You can also make individual notes or highlights visible by toggling to green on the “Visible” button directly to its right.

    You can always change who can view your Goodreads profile by visiting the Settings tab of your Account Settings and editing your preferences underneath “Who Can View My Profile.”


  • Kindle Notes & Highlights are linked directly to your Kindle ebooks. This means that you can’t add highlights from physical books to your reviews on Goodreads, unfortunately. If you also own the Kindle edition, however, you’re always welcome to highlight specific passages from your Kindle device or reading application, which you can then make visible on Goodreads. In addition, you can add and edit notes directly from Goodreads, which will then sync to your ebook. To do so, simply navigate to your highlight, click on “Add note,” and click on “Save” once you’re done entering your text. To edit a note, click on “Edit” beneath the note, and then “Save.”


  • You can! Just click on “Delete” on the right side of the note or highlight. When you remove a note or highlight on Goodreads, it will also be removed from your Kindle device or Kindle reading application, and can’t be restored.

  • Each author name is unique and has its own profile. Sometimes various data sources use slightly different spellings of an author name (e.g. JK Rowling vs J.K. Rowling vs Joanne Kathleen Rowling). To merge two author profiles, edit the data for the profile that should be discarded, and change the name to be the exact same spelling (copy/pasting helps here) of the profile that it should be merged into. All books will be associated with the new author. If there is doubt as to the correct spelling, we recommend checking The Library of Congress.

    Librarians can only merge unclaimed author profiles. To merge a Goodreads Author profile, request staff assistance by posting in this thread. It’s especially important to do this when there are fans or quotes attributed to the unclaimed author account. Renaming the author on each book page will not merge the profiles; it will only move the book to the correct profile and leave the other profile intact on the site. Merging the profiles will also merge quotes and fans.

  • Occasionally you may come across an author profile that encompasses two or more authors of the same name. In order to separate these authors and their respective books you will need to identify which books belong to which author. Once you have, leave one author alone and for the second, go into the edit page of each of their books and add an additional space between their first and last name.

    This will create a new author profile for the second author.

    If by chance there is a third author of the same name (which has happened), simply add a third space between the author's first and last name.

    Example:
    Catherine^Anderson
    Catherine^^Anderson
    Catherine^^^Anderson

    When separating authors with middle initials in their names, please place additional spaces after the middle initial:

    Catherine^H.^Anderson
    Catherine^H.^^Anderson
    Catherine^H.^^^Anderson

    Note: The ^ = 1 space and is just used to demonstrate the number of spaces. Also please note that any new books by the authors of that name will be entered into the main profile by default. They will have to be edited once they are added to Goodreads to shift them to the right profile.

    Also Note: If an author has a common name, they may choose to differentiate their names from other authors in the database in other ways. Acceptable options include:

    * inserting a middle initial or middle name
    * lengthening a first initial to a full first name

    These minor changes are accepted practice for ease of maintaining accurate book lists on each author profile.


  • The rules for combining book editions are listed below, and are also posted on the right side of the combine page for each author. These rules have been decided as a collaborative effort between the Goodreads staff and the members in the Goodreads Librarians group.

     do combine:

  • Different publications of the same book.
  • Different formats of the book (hardcover, paperback, audio).
  • Editions/translations of the book in other languages. Even though many translations differ significantly, we've made the decision to combine them all, and have people note the differences in their reviews.

  •  don't combine:
  • 2-in-1 books or boxed sets that include the given book.
  • Cliff notes or other works about the given book.
  • Adaptations. The book should remain separated from its parent work, with the adaptor listed as primary author.
  • Goodreads currently allows up to 50 authors per book. Authors should be listed in the order they appear on the book cover. If there is no cover or covers of various editions differ, use alphabetical order.

    For compilations that include both editors and authors, please list the editors first and then other contributors.

    Please note that editors should only be added for records like anthologies and reference materials. Novels and other works of fiction should not have editors listed.

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  • 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.


  • Please check the librarian changelogs of both suspected duplicates before merging to determine if either cover has been deleted/replaced against Goodreads policies. If you have any questions about whether an edition falls into this category, please post a new thread in the Librarians Group.​

    If a particular edition is listed twice, it is appropriate to merge the two entries into one. Please do not delete an edition of a book just because it does not have an ISBN. Some older books that members manually add will not have ISBNs. Please check carefully and err on the side of not deleting a book edition.

    Note that merging two editions deletes the less popular edition and merges all reviews into the more popular edition. This is different from combining editions, which is where you can mark one version of a book as the same as another.

    When you find a duplicate and you know which edition it was meant to be, this is how to merge that duplicate with the actual edition:

    1. Separate the duplicate and its actual edition from any other editions of that book.
    2. Combine them just with each other.
    3. Click 'delete this book' at the bottom of the edit book page. Note that this only works for books shelved fewer than five times. It will merge with its actual edition because this is the most popular (only) other edition available in that combination.
    4. Re-combine the actual edition with the other editions of the book.

  • 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.

  • 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.


    Find more advice and tips on the Authors & Advertisers Blog.

  • In order to combine editions that have multiple authors listed, the editions must have the same author listed in the first author field. Once that is done, you can then combine from the first listed author's combine page, and ONLY the first author's combine page.

  • * There should be a period after each initial.
    * There should be no spaces between consecutive initials.
    * There should be one space (excepting disambiguation) between an initial and a non-initial.

    Examples:

    * J.K. Rowling
    * J.R.R. Tolkien
    * Philip K. Dick
    * F. Scott Fitzgerald
    * George R.R. Martin

  • Only social suffixes are used. This includes Jr., Sr., and Roman numerals. There is no punctuation between the name and the suffix.

    Examples:
    Frank B. Gilbreth Jr.
    Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
    Andre Dubus III

    Other suffixes and prefixes are not included with author names:
    *Academic degrees (BS, MS, PhD, MD, DDS, Prof, Dr. etc.) should not be used
    *Honorary degrees (KBE, LLD, Sir etc.) should not be used
    *Professional (Esq, CPA, CFA etc.) should not be used
    Examples:
    Diana Derval (not Prof. Diana Derval)
    Robert C. Atkins (not Dr. Robert C. Atkins)

    The only exceptions are those where the author is known primarily by a name that includes the honorific:
    Example:
    Mahatma Gandhi (not Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi)

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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:

  • If a book series is not packaged by the publisher as one item (such as a boxed set), the series should not be created as a fake book. Any user-created series objects should be merged into the boxed set for the series (if available) or the first book of the series (if no boxed set or similar publisher-created series item is available).


  • * Always think twice before changing existing data. The accuracy of the information in our database is important, and changes you make to the book data will be reflected in members’ shelvings.

    * Replacing or removing the cover of an existing edition, including the covers of advance reader copies, is in violation of Goodreads policy. Please see information on how to add an alternate cover edition if the book has been released with a new cover.

    * If you are unsure why something is listed the way it is, you can check the "librarian change log" for the book (linked on the left side of the page, above "add a librarian note"). The log will tell you what edits were previously done on the book. If no prior edits are listed, it is likely fine to make the changes you feel necessary. If there are other edits, you may want to read through the edits to see what was changed, and if any of the changes contradict a change you planned to make, you can post to the Goodreads Librarians Group to ask for help in finding a solution.

    * If you are concerned about particular edits, please use the flag feature on the book’s librarian change log. This will bring the edits you’re concerned about to the attention of a staff member, who can take appropriate action as needed.


  • How do I become a librarian?

    If you have added 50 books and would like to become a librarian, you are welcome to apply here.

    Applicants who are accepted to the Goodreads Librarian program will be notified by email. Please note that no notification is sent if an applicant is not accepted to the program.

    What can librarians do?

    Goodreads members with Librarian Status can edit book and author data, add book covers, and combine different editions of books. Each book and author has one unique entry in the Goodreads database. Librarians help correct book issues, like if the data isn't correct, or is missing things like the book description or URL.

    Why not make everyone a librarian?

    Initially, we allowed everyone to be a librarian. Anyone could edit book and author data, add cover images, or combine books. However, we found that while 99% of the people did a good job, occasionally we had someone who messed things up. So we created a new status that we bestow on those interested in helping keep things nice and tidy, which has worked out well.

    What is the difference between regular librarians and super librarians?

    Super librarians can do these things that regular librarians cannot:
    * Delete an edition of a book with more than 5 adds
    * Delete an e-reader with more than some number of adds
    * Edit a quote with over 500 adds
    * Merge two quotes with over 5 adds that aren't Levenshtein similar
    * Merge two quizzes
    * Hide a quiz with more than 50 "takes"
    * Delete a trivia question with more than 100 "takes"
    * Edit the sub-genres of a genre
    * Delete a place with more than 3 books

    Please note that there isn't a structured way to apply for super-librarian status.  There are only about a dozen non-Goodreads staff who have it, all of whom were granted the status by staff due to their significant participation in the Librarians Group.

  • 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:

    Badge iOS Badge Android

    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. 

  • 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:

    Badge Android

    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:


  • While combine and merge are generally considered synonymous, Goodreads Librarians often use the two words to mean distinctly different things.

    Combining means taking two or more editions and linking them into one work. No editions are deleted, so you have the same number of editions before and after a combine.

    Merging means combining two editions that are actually duplicates, and then deleting one. An edition is deleted, so after a merge, you will have fewer editions than before. If a merge is performed correctly, all ratings, reviews, and shelvings of the deleted edition will be moved to the edition with which it was merged (or the most popular edition, if it was merged with a group of editions).

    In both cases, the book page's cache may take a couple days to completely update.

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