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NEW! Great Deals on Ebooks, Personalized Just for You! (U.S. Members)

Posted by Annarose Mclaughlin on May 17, 2016

Book lovers can never have too many books. But sometimes feeding your reading habit can get expensive! And who doesn’t love a good deal? Given that we can't give you an unlimited spending account for books (we wish!), we've come up with the next best thing: Goodreads Deals.

Goodreads Deals is selected for you, because they're based on your individual Goodreads profile. If there's an exceptional ebook deal for a book on your Want to Read shelf, we'll let you know. (It's another great reason to keep your Want to Read list on Goodreads updated!) And, if one of the authors you follow has a not-to-be-missed promotion on an ebook, we'll make sure you don't miss out.

Want more ebook deals in the genres you love to read? Sign up to get daily emails with the best deals on ebooks that have rave reviews by the Goodreads community. To kick things off, we're introducing daily deals in the most popular genres for Goodreads members:

  • Bestsellers
  • Romance
  • Mystery & Thrillers
  • Fantasy & Sci-Fi

Don't worry if your favorite genre is missing; we'll be adding more genre options in the future.

Choose your genres to receive daily, personalized emails.



Goodreads Deals is available (starting today!) for our U.S. members. Here's a peek at the exciting deals we're sending readers today:

Here are some tips on how to get the most out of Goodreads Deals:

How do I make sure I get notified about more deals on books and authors I'm interested in?

Make sure to add books to your Want to Read shelf, and follow authors you like! (On Goodreads, search for authors you like, go to their Author Page, and click "Follow.") Keep adding to your Want to Read shelf and the list of authors you're following to increase your chances of finding out about a deal on an ebook that interests you.

When will Goodreads Deals be available for my preferred genre?

Goodreads Deals is now available in our most popular genres: Bestsellers, Romance, Mystery & Thrillers, and Fantasy & Science Fiction. Our goal is to expand into more genres as quickly as we can. Stay tuned!

How do I buy the ebooks in Goodreads Deals?

You can configure your Goodreads Deals settings to include links to purchase from Kindle Store, Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble Nook, Google Play, and Kobo stores.

Is Goodreads Deals only for US members?

Goodreads Deals is launching in the U.S. We don’t have details to share on when Goodreads Deals will be available in other countries, but our goal is to provide deals to as many of our members as possible.

Happy Reading!

Received a Goodreads Deals email? Tell us what you think by taking our survey.

* Price provided by publisher.


Comments (showing 1-50 of 53) (53 new)


message 1: by Sean (new)

Sean O The problem is I'm getting emails for books that AREN'T on my "To Read" shelf. I'm getting emails for books I've placed on my "Read" shelf.

Spamming me on deals for books I don't want to buy is a pretty good way to annoy me.


message 2: by Julie (new)

Julie Davis Sean wrote: "The problem is I'm getting emails for books that AREN'T on my "To Read" shelf. I'm getting emails for books I've placed on my "Read" shelf.

Spamming me on deals for books I don't want to buy is a..."


AMEN to that!


message 3: by Shannon (new)

Shannon Sean wrote: "The problem is I'm getting emails for books that AREN'T on my "To Read" shelf. I'm getting emails for books I've placed on my "Read" shelf.

Spamming me on deals for books I don't want to buy is a..."

I used my to-read shelf for books I already own and need to be read so it will essentially be spam for me too. :-( Maybe goodreads could let us designate a shelf(shelves) to pull deals from.


message 4: by Sean (new)

Sean O Shannon wrote: "Maybe goodreads could let us designate a shelf(shelves) to pull deals from."

I do the same thing. I have a "To Read" shelf and a "To Buy" shelf. I'd love get deals for the "To Buy" shelf, but they too busy sending me a book deal on a book I marked "Read" four years ago.


message 5: by Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder* (last edited May 17, 2016 09:14AM) (new)

Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder* Shannon wrote: "Sean wrote: "The problem is I'm getting emails for books that AREN'T on my "To Read" shelf. I'm getting emails for books I've placed on my "Read" shelf.

Spamming me on deals for books I don't wan..."


I know. I definitely am not going to combine my to-read shelf with my wishlist items....it would be a mess and impossible for my to track books that way. Goodreads changed the name of to-read a few years back to "want to read", which I protested back then. I have an exclusive wishlist shelf with over 2000 items on it.....that's the only books I'm curious on pricing with. My TBR shelf is still books I already have that I'm waiting to read.


message 6: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth I would like the option for weekly emails rather than daily.


message 7: by Shannon (new)

Shannon Erin (Paperbackstash) *Proud Book Hoarder* wrote: "Shannon wrote: "Sean wrote: "The problem is I'm getting emails for books that AREN'T on my "To Read" shelf. I'm getting emails for books I've placed on my "Read" shelf.

Spamming me on deals for b..."


I agree Erin, I would love this to work for other shelves. I didn't feel the need to re-shelve my 900+ items when they renamed it either.


message 8: by Virginia (new)

Virginia Hill Shannon wrote: "I used my to-read shelf for books I already own and need to be read so it will essentially be spam for me too. :-( Maybe goodreads could let us designate a shelf(shelves) to pull deals from."

Exactly, Shannon! My 'to-read' shelf is for books I've already purchased, as well. Which is exactly why I have a 'wish-list' shelf!


message 9: by Sean (new)

Sean O This is what happens when the focus of a website goes from "helping the user" to "helping Mama Amazon."


message 10: by Cherise (new)

Cherise I know a lot of people are annoyed about this, but I'm subscribed to a million deal newsletters and I'm super pumped for one that's more directed to what I'm looking for. I also share these deals with my followers for popular books that they might not have them either.


message 11: by Emily, Director of Customer Care (new)

Emily Sean wrote: "The problem is I'm getting emails for books that AREN'T on my "To Read" shelf. I'm getting emails for books I've placed on my "Read" shelf.

Spamming me on deals for books I don't want to buy is a..."


Hey Sean - apologies for the inconvenience! It looks like you're following Neil Gaiman, which is why you might have received an email with the deal for American Gods included. If you'd like to opt out from receiving deals for authors you follow, you can do so here.


Shannon wrote: "Maybe goodreads could let us designate a shelf(shelves) to pull deals from."

This is great feedback! I've passed it on to our team.


Elizabeth wrote: "I would like the option for weekly emails rather than daily."

The emails will come at different frequencies depending on what deals are available on that day. Depending on your preferences and what books you have on your Want to Read shelf, as well as what authors you follow, you may get one email a week or you may get more than that.


message 12: by Bridget (new)

Bridget I use bookbub for this same service but will give this a try too. I do love a good deal.


message 13: by Blakely (new)

Blakely I check goodreads more often than I check my email, wish I could just receive the list in my goodreads messages instead!


message 14: by Bridget (new)

Bridget Blakely wrote: "I check goodreads more often than I check my email, wish I could just receive the list in my goodreads messages instead!"


Aww that's a great idea! notifications for when books on your TBR shelf are on sale or have a giveaway associated.


message 15: by Meryl (new)

Meryl I have a book on over a thousand to-read shelves. As an indie author, I'd love to be able to notify readers when my book is on sale.


message 16: by Sean (new)

Sean O Bridget wrote: "I use bookbub for this same service but will give this a try too. I do love a good deal."

The best site for Kindle book deals is eReaderIQ.com. You can follow authors, books, genres, and even see the history of prices over time. It takes a little getting used to, but it's fantastic.


Lyn *GLITTER VIKING* And it finally happened. Goodreads cares more about selling books that sharing opinions on books.


message 18: by Chris (new)

Chris Why don't you offer these deals for real, print books? That would be great!


message 19: by Kelsey (new)

Kelsey I agree with #18, Chris! I don't have an ereader. But would love to know about deals on print books (even if they're only following the prices on Amazon). That would be infinitely more useful to me.


message 20: by Emily, Director of Customer Care (new)

Emily Blakely wrote: "I check goodreads more often than I check my email, wish I could just receive the list in my goodreads messages instead!"

Thanks for posting your feedback! We'd love to add a landing page or something similar so you can browse on the site. I'll pass this on to our team.


message 21: by Ed (new)

Ed I'll second what Blakely said. If I am checking my email, I may be distracted with other things (on my mind, in my inbox, etc).

If I am on goodreads.com, I'm in the mindset of reading, researching and reviewing books, etc. and primed to look for book deals. I'll be much more willing to buy at that point.


message 22: by Brendon (new)

Brendon Sounds like this might need some refining. Not often something is perfect right off the bat.

I would say its a little disappointing that the rest of the world Goodreads users are not catered for as yet. I know for certain this is a function which will increase my book purchasing.


message 23: by Alexandra (last edited May 17, 2016 06:34PM) (new)

Alexandra I might like this IF it were via the site, not email, and IF GR improved it's Recommendations so there was more confidence they'd be books the user might actually be interested in, and IF it didn't use the Want to Read shelf I will not use, and IF it'd been opt IN, not opt OUT.

And IF GR stopped spamming my Feed with paid advertisements, that deceptively show friends who have "shelved" a book as if they were interested in it, even when they shelve it NO WAY.

* Get paid ads out of my feed.
* Fix the Recommendations feature so that it isn't laughably off
* Give us a way to opt IN to notifications of new releases by author that we can get ON SITE.

Due to past marketing changes I can also no longer use the feature where we select our favorite genres. So anything I might be interested in would need to be separate from that and 100% something I could select myself what I wanted to be notified of.

But not via email. I'm spammed enough in my email as it is.


message 24: by Alexandra (last edited May 17, 2016 06:38PM) (new)

Alexandra For those who are interested in this program that use the Want to Read shelf for books already owned, I suggest creating a Custom shelf to move your To Read books you own over to.

I have a Custom To Read shelf, it's easy to do. Then you could move the books you own over to that one and use the Want to Read shelf for books you'd be interested in hearing deals for.

Just a suggestion :D

But it'd be very smart if GR allowed users to select which shelf (or shelves) users wanted to see deals for.


Linda ~ chock full of hoot, just a little bit of nanny ~ Like others, my "to read" shelf is for books I already own. I have other shelves for books to borrow, sample, buy, etc. So this feature is essentially worthless to me as it's currently set up.


message 26: by Shaun, Goodreads Expert (new)

Shaun Ed wrote: "I'll second what Blakely said. If I am checking my email, I may be distracted with other things (on my mind, in my inbox, etc).

If I am on goodreads.com, I'm in the mindset of reading, researchin..."


Hey Ed and Blakely — thanks for your feedback on this, I've let our developers know!


Alexandra aka Auntie J wrote: "I might like this IF it were via the site, not email, and IF GR improved it's Recommendations so there was more confidence they'd be books the user might actually be interested in, and IF it didn't..."

Thanks for your comments Alexandra! They've been passed along to our developers too.


message 27: by Sam (new)

Sam Wescott Is there a way to opt out of this completely for people who do not use eReaders? I'm almost exclusively an audiobook listener, so this is just going to clutter up my inbox.


message 28: by Faith (new)

Faith Sam wrote: "Is there a way to opt out of this completely for people who do not use eReaders? I'm almost exclusively an audiobook listener, so this is just going to clutter up my inbox."

You can opt out on your profile page. Click edit profile and then click on the deals tab.


message 29: by Sean (new)

Sean O Alexandra aka Auntie J wrote: "For those who are interested in this program that use the Want to Read shelf for books already owned, I suggest creating a Custom shelf to move your To Read books you own over to."

In other words, I have to change the way I use the site to accommodate Goodreads ability to make money.

Seems to me it should be the other way around, especially from Amazon "Earth’s Most Customer-Centric Company.”


message 30: by Obsidian (new)

Obsidian Alexandra aka Auntie J wrote: "I might like this IF it were via the site, not email, and IF GR improved it's Recommendations so there was more confidence they'd be books the user might actually be interested in, and IF it didn't..."

What she said.


message 31: by Obsidian (new)

Obsidian Make sure you go to Deals under Account Settings and uncheck everything along with going to your shelves and uncheck the recs boxes. That helped me deal with the emails.


message 32: by Ed (new)

Ed Linda ~ chock full of hoot, just a little bit of nanny ~ wrote: "Like others, my "to read" shelf is for books I already own. I have other shelves for books to borrow, sample, buy, etc. So this feature is essentially worthless to me as it's currently set up."

I have my to read shelf set with both books I own and books I don't. I use shelf tags to remember if I have the physical or the electronic, if my library has it, etc. So when it's time to read one, I know where to look.


message 33: by Bufo (new)

Bufo Calvin I think the best solution might be to allow an option on all of our shelves ("Include in Goodreads Deals").

As the former manager of a brick-and-mortar bookstore, I can tell you that many people buy books again they have already read...as gifts for other people. I've personally bought the same book many times to give away. For that reason, I'd like to be able to include my "Read" shelf.

Having the option, if technically feasible, would let people configure this more the way they want. Some people would likely create a shelf just to use for Goodreads Deals...and put books on and off it around the holidays.

Regardless, I'm excited about this new program! I was impressed with the deal I received today!


Madison~"You can't be a friendly neighborhood Spider-man  if there is no neighborhood"-Spiderman 2018 I agree with this because it is very reasonable. People of all ages will love this new feature. (That is if it ever is created) But other than that yes, this is an amazing idea and it should totally be formed into a final product!


message 35: by Dawn (new)

Dawn Went in and unchecked everything immediately. I've complained before about forcing recommendations on me and the poor algorithms used here (and elsewhere, I'll be honest) and this just seems like more of the same. Frankly, I rarely buy a new book before reading it via the local library and so intend to buy very few on my TBR list. And I almost never use ebooks.

Perhaps it could be an opt-in instead of opt-out? Also, maybe it could be made a searchable database as well--or indicate on the book's page there's a deal like you do with Giveaways? If I read a book and say, "hey, I liked that. I want to own it," it would be nice to see if there are any deals out there. Paper as well as electronic. Not that I plan on buying anything through GR itself, but that's a whole other issue and not relevant here.


message 36: by Bobbi (new)

Bobbi I actually like this feature. My credit card likes it less, but it can shut up. I was able to buy two books that have been on my tbr forever at a cheap price that Bookbub never alerted me to even though both are by authors that I'm supposed to get alerts for.

This said, I like Dawn's idea of a searchable database for people who get a lot of email like I do. I almost missed what this was at first because of seizure brain. I'm reading and updating things here but I'm not really on top of my email. A database would make life so much simpler.


message 37: by Tracey (new)

Tracey Like many others I chose not to follow Goodreads' dictates and retain the shelf name "Want to read" - I already had a "wishlist" shelf. It would make a great deal more sense if we could choose what shelf the "deals" were tailored after.

So ... is this going to be like the book swap program that flourished for a while, was enjoyed by many, and then was yanked with little warning and a great deal of annoyance?


message 38: by Rick (last edited May 19, 2016 11:24AM) (new)

Rick I'm confused... Some people are asking if this could be opt-in... but the OP makes it sound like it IS (the signup link). I signed up, so I can't tell... but is GR sending these to people who didn't opt in? If so, that IS spam and GR should stop that ASAP.

Second, yeah, they need to let us designate a shelf. I thought I could work around this by moving books that I owned from to-read to another list and then build to-read into a wishlist ... but you cannot remove books from to-read for some reason. That's idiotic GR folks. Forgetting this issue, if I want to remove a book from to-read I should be able to.


Madison~"You can't be a friendly neighborhood Spider-man  if there is no neighborhood"-Spiderman 2018 i agree with u, it is very useful. Or what it seems to be


message 40: by Miss M (last edited May 19, 2016 11:38AM) (new)

Miss M Rick wrote: "I'm confused... Some people are asking if this could be opt-in... but the OP makes it sound like it IS (the signup link). I signed up, so I can't tell... but is GR sending these to people who didn'..."

All books have to be on one exclusive shelf as a baseline, then you can add any others you choose - the Goodreads default shelves are 'read', 'currently reading' or 'to read'. But you can create your own exclusive shelf/shelves on your books page by selecting edit bookshelves, creating a new one and then clicking 'exclusive' in the diagram/editing table. Hope that makes sense!


message 41: by Rick (new)

Rick Miss M - it's clear and helpful. Thanks. The GR requirement for exclusive shelves is silly, though.

Also, Deals repeatedly refers to a Want To Read shelf both here and in the Deals settings page. But there IS not and shelf of that name. Of course, we can infer that they mean the To Read shelf but why not be precise?


message 42: by Dawn (new)

Dawn Rick wrote: "I'm confused... Some people are asking if this could be opt-in... but the OP makes it sound like it IS (the signup link). I signed up, so I can't tell... but is GR sending these to people who didn'..."

As of yesterday, when I checked my settings, all of the deal boxes were all checked except for genres (and if I had set favorite genres, I suspect those would have been as well, but I don't know for sure). The default is yes, making it opt-out. Opt-in of course would be you choose to be in on the deal--as you did :)--and check the boxes yourself.

Frankly, having read the post and some of the comments, I was very much afraid I would have unwanted emails in my inbox. I did not, thank goodness. Whether it's because I opted out fast enough or they aren't sending emails until people have a chance to read the blog, I don't know. Just glad I dodged them altogether.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Rick, it is opt-out, rather than opt-in. That is one of my problems with it.


message 44: by Dawn (new)

Dawn OK, when the banner first showed up, I went in and unchecked ALL of the boxes. I have no desire to be spammed. And I know I clicked "save preferences," so please don't tell me I hadn't.

So why did I get an email yesterday? *growl*

Checked my settings not 5 minutes ago. ALL OF THE BOXES HAD BEEN CHECKED AGAIN!!!!! How DARE you do that?!?

I am past annoyed on this--bordering furious!--and there had better be a good explanation (and not an excuse!) and NO REPETITION. If I make a change to my settings, I expect them to stay set. I click "save," they should stay saved. Stop forcing YOUR choices on ME!


message 45: by Denae (new)

Denae Christine Or just send me sales of authors I follow. That works for me as a reader and for me as a writer, then people don't feel like they've agreed to anything when they click "to-read". However, there are plenty of books I've read that I want to buy, and plenty of books that I haven't read that I want to buy.


message 46: by Ashly (new)

Ashly I keep getting deals from books that aren't on my shelf.


message 47: by Jaclyn, Goodreads Expert (new)

Jaclyn Woods Dawn wrote: "OK, when the banner first showed up, I went in and unchecked ALL of the boxes. I have no desire to be spammed. And I know I clicked "save preferences," so please don't tell me I hadn't."

Dawn, I'm really sorry to hear about this - we would never change your email settings back on your behalf. I've double-checked that you're not signed up for any of these emails, but please do let me know if you experience issues with this in the future as we'd be very happy to ask one of our engineers to investigate.

Ashly wrote: "I keep getting deals from books that aren't on my shelf."

Ashly, if I look at your settings, you should only be receiving emails about books on your Want-to-Read shelf, and from authors that you follow. If you're receiving notifications that don't relate to either of these, please can you send a screenshot to us at support (at) goodreads (dot) com so we can look into this?


message 48: by Liz (new)

Liz I love the new Goodreads Deals. I've bought more books in the last month than I ever have previously, since I usually download books from my library. It's a great idea, and different than the other eBook deal sites, since the suggestions are based on books I want to read and authors I've enjoyed, in addition to genres I select.


message 49: by Beverly (new)

Beverly Goodreads sent out an unsolicited e-mail on Aug 5th regarding a promo deal for Audible. (Note: I've never listened to an audio book in my life.) While the e-mail claimed the deal was offered by Audible, all the links were redirected to the "ad.doubleclick.net" domain. My browser caught it BUT... later that day a $15.89 charge from "Audible,adbl.co/bill,NJ" was made on a credit card I have on file with Amazon. Let me reiterate:

I simply clicked on a link in a GOODREADS e-mail. That's it. That is my only association with this company - Audible. Oh, well that and I've been an Amazon customer for years. Audible, of course, is an Amazon company.

However, it gets even sketchier and more frustrating. I contacted Audible's customer disservice via chat. They claimed they couldn't "see any charges in the system" under my name or billing zip code. Basically, this means I'll have to contact my bank again tomorrow, jump through a bunch of hoops and possible file a police report...ALL due to Goodreads' spam and my inability to traverse their convoluted "opt out" process.


message 50: by Ed (new)

Ed I've unsubscribed to the book deals based on my favorite genres. I've looked through 3-5 books per day and only once saw a book that piqued my interest. I'm not sure if its the algorithm used or just circumstance, but the daily hasn't been worthwhile. I'll continue with the author and shelf emails for now.


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