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  • How can I promote my book on Goodreads?

    We recommend that all authors join the Goodreads Author Program, as we offer many features specially designed for authors to promote their books. It's completely free! For more information about the program and how to join, visit our Author Program page.

  • Why can't I list an ebook giveaway?

    At the moment, ebooks aren't eligible for giveaways simply because we haven't yet found a system that works as well and as seamlessly for them as it does for our print books. We are committed to providing a superior experience for the people who enter and win our giveaways, and until we can absolutely do that for ebook giveaways, we won't allow them. We are currently in the process of experimenting with a few different titles and a few different formats, so hopefully we will be able to allow ebook giveaways soon!

  • How do I delete my book from the Goodreads database?

    Deleting published books from our system is against policy. Goodreads is striving to be a complete database of all published works, including works that are out-of-print. We like our members to be able to add their exact edition to their virtual shelves. Just as a library would not remove a record from its catalog, so do we not remove books from our database.

    However, if your book was never published and never will be published, we might be able to remove it. Please contact us.

  • 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 books icon (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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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'.

  • What do I do if I'm not receiving emails?

    If you are not receiving emails from Goodreads, please check your bulk or spam folder. Also make sure to add to your contacts to help ensure deliverability. Making sure your email address is verified in your account may also help.

    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".

    If you've done all that, email notifications such as the friend update email, daily group digests, or message notifications may be blocked by your ISP or email provider, so you may want to contact them.

  • How much can I pay per click?

    All self-serve ads are sold at a default rate of $0.50 per click, and the minimum bid per click is $0.10. While higher bid amounts are given higher priority, the initial click-through rate is still more important in determining which ads are shown the most frequently.

  • 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 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. How the ad was performing the day before has no bearing on this, as each ad gets a fresh chance each day. Most of the time, when an ad experiences a low in impressions, the ad will rebound the next day.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • When will my ads get approved?

    Our team reviews and approves each ad individually during regular business hours, Monday through Friday. Ads that get created on Friday evening or over the weekend will be reviewed Monday morning.

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

    A successful self-serve advertising campaign typically runs for three months, or until funds 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, but never both in the same ad. The title and the description catch the readers’ eye and make them want to click on the ad to learn more about the book.

  • 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: 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.

  • 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.

  • Using the book edit page: part 2

    Note: Replacing or removing the cover of an existing edition 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.

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  • 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 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.

  • 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. Do I have a Timeline?
    Currently, our integration only works with Facebook Timelines, not Facebook walls. See more information here.

    2. Did I grant the app all the permissions it needs?
    Navigate to the apps tab of your edit profile page. In the Facebook section, you should see a series of checkboxes. If you see these, and all the options you'd like to post are checked, move on to #3. If you see a button reading "Add to Timeline", you need to grant some additional permissions before the app will be allowed to post to Timeline for you. Just click that button and grant all permissions when the Facebook pop-up appears.

    3. 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 off.

    4. Is the update in my "Activity Log"?.
    The more you interact with our app, the more prominently our updates will display on your Timeline, your News Feed, and the Ticker. If you just added the app, new Goodreads updates might first show up in your Activity Log. To check, click on your Activity Log link, which should be on the top of your Timeline (see screenshot). If you see a Goodreads update on the list, you can force it to appear on your Timeline manually. On its far right should be a circle. Click on the circle and select "Shown on Timeline" from the list. The update should then appear. If you don't see the update in your log, go on to #4.

    5. The update still isn't appearing.
    Sometimes our 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 you've tried all these steps, and you're still having trouble, please contact us.

  • 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. Scroll down until you see the "My Review" section.

    3. Tap "write a review".

    4. Tap the blue "More" button near the top.

    5. You can see the start and finished dates on the top of the page. Just tap on either "started" or "finished" to edit that date, using the toggle option below.

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

  • How do I add a book to a specific shelf?

    If you haven't already added the book, find it 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. On the book's profile page, you will see a green "want to read" button beneath the cover image. Hover over the books icon on the right side, and you should be able to select shelves from the resulting drop-down menu.

    If you have already added the book, you can search My Books to find it. Once you find the book entry, click edit under the "shelves" column, select the shelves you want, and save.

    Note: Under "covers" view, there are no columns. You will have to hover over the book cover in question, and click the resulting "edit" link. A review page will pop-up - select the shelf you want from the drop-down menu, and save.

  • How do I change my email address?

    1) Click on the arrow next to your profile pic in the header.

    2) A drop-down menu should appear. Click on edit profile.

    3) On the edit profile page, select the settings tab.

    4) Edit your email address in the email address field and save.

  • Using the book edit page: work-specific data

    Note: Replacing or removing the cover of an existing edition 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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 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.