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  • What kind of targeting is available for these ads?

    Goodreads ads can be targeted to a set list of book genres or authors. Ads will only be shown to members who have rated the books in those genres or by those authors 3 or more stars. Age, gender, and country targeting is also available at no extra cost.

  • 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 Goodreads only earns that money 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.

  • Where do the ads appear on the site?

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

  • Using the book edit page

    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.

    (This topic has now been broken down into subtopics for ease in using and editing.)

    librarian change log

    add a librarian note


    sort by title


    isbn - isbn13


    published - month - day

    number of pages

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    (This topic has now been broken down into subtopics for ease in using and editing.)

    upload photo



    official URL


    edition language


  • 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.

  • Adding books to Goodreads

    If your account is new, you must be a librarian to add books manually. Please post in the Goodreads Librarians group if you need assistance adding books. If your account is not new (more than 7 days old) and you have a verified email address, you can add your book manually here.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Acceptable sources for covers and book data

    Acceptable sources for book covers and other book data:

    Author Websites
    Publisher Websites (such as Random House and Smashwords)
    Amazon (since they now own Goodreads)
    Book Depository

    National Libraries of the World:
    Use this site to find non-US libraries, some even have English based sites in addition to the native language, so this would be a good resource for librarians rescuing non-English books.





    Dutch (is an imprint of De Bezige Bij)

    English (UK)

    English Publishers

    Finnish (National library database) (Database of capital area libraries)

    Finnish Publishers (publishes books in Swedish)

    List of Finnish publishers

    German National Library/Deutschen Nationalbibliothek: (English version)

    German Manga Publishers
    EMA/ Egmont Manga & Anime:
    Panini comics/ Panini manga:
    Tokyopop Germany: (click Bücher)

    Bibliotecha Nazionale Centrale di Roma:
    Internet Culturale:

    Italian Publishers

    Kodansha and Shueisha are a couple of the big publishers in Japan.




    The British Library:

    Rare, Old & Out of Print Books (Multi-Lingual)
    SC University Libraries Rare Books & Special Collections:

    RPG Game Index: (for tabletop RPG gaming books)

    Cover Images (Search for images similar to the one you provide)

    Sites that are not acceptable to use:

    Barnes & Noble
    Library Thing
    Baker & Taylor
    Google Books
    all other (non-publisher) bookseller sites

    Please find instructions for uploading cover images to book records here.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    (This topic has now been broken down into subtopics for ease in using and editing.)

    original publication date

    literary awards




    change comment

    librarian comment - add a comment

    refresh book rating stats

  • 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