Goodreads Hack: Your Guide to Book Giveaways

Posted by Cybil on June 28, 2017
Here's a question for you: Do you like books? Well, of course you do. Here's a followup question: Do you like FREE books? OK, I think you'll see where we're headed with this.

Every year Goodreads readers win thousands of free books through our popular Giveaways program. In fact, more than 400,000 books were given away last year alone. Publishers and authors offer the giveaways to build buzz for their books. Not only do you have the chance to win a free book, but many of the books are months away from publication so you'll be one of the first readers to discover and review them.

Book Giveaways

Insider Tips for Giveaways:


New Kindle giveaways:
We have good news for everyone who loves to read Kindle books. Our Kindle ebook giveaways program is rolling out of beta and more publishers are being added, which means you can enter for the chance to win even more books. Another perk? You'll get the Kindle books right away instead of waiting up to six weeks for a physical copy of the book. You just need to make sure your Goodreads account is linked to your Amazon account so you'll get the book. You can do that here.

Choose either print, Kindle ebooks, or both:
When you're on the giveaways page, you can specifically filter for Kindle or print books at the top of the page.

Find out about giveaways for books on your Want to Read shelf:
We'll let you know when there’s a giveaway running for a book you have on your Want to Read shelf—it’s another reason to keep updating your shelf with new and noteworthy books as you hear about them.

Filter to find your perfect book:
You can browse book giveaways by most requested, popular authors, recently listed, or ending soon. You can also search for giveaways by your favorite genres. So, go right ahead and search for books ranging from science fiction novels to the latest memoirs.

Ready to try your luck with a Goodreads giveaway? See which books tempt you here. Want some suggestions? How about The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, The Electric Michelangelo (P.S.), Finding Claire Fletcher, A Column of Fire (The Pillars of the Earth #3), and The Revolution of Marina M.

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message 1: by Rachyl (new)

Rachyl I noticed there is not a "short stories" genre category to search by. I think that would be one that you should look into adding.


message 2: by Shelby M. (new)

Shelby M. (Read and Find Out) I've never been notified when books on my shelves are listed for giveaways! I always have to search for them myself.


message 3: by Christy (new)

Christy Something seems to be missing here... "Some of the books on offer include [give titles by big name authors with links to the giveaway pages for them]. "


message 4: by Jaclyn, Goodreads Expert (new)

Jaclyn Woods Rachyl wrote: "I noticed there is not a "short stories" genre category to search by. I think that would be one that you should look into adding."

Thanks for the suggestion! We'll be sure to consider short stories if we decide to increase the genre list in the future.

Shelby wrote: "I've never been notified when books on my shelves are listed for giveaways! I always have to search for them myself."

Please keep in mind that these books will need to be on your Want to Read shelf, and the giveaway must be open to your location. If you feel like you should be receiving an email for a specific giveaway, yet haven't, please let us know and we'll happily take a closer look. You can email links to us at support (at) goodreads (dot) com.


message 5: by Guido (last edited Jun 28, 2017 09:40AM) (new)

Guido I would like a feature that shows any book by authors that I have on my shelves - or even authors on my friends shelves


message 6: by Nyssa (new)

Nyssa I'd be excited about this if we were allowed to choose the shelf used to find out about the giveaways. I already own the books on my "Want to read" shelf, that's why they are there. The books I don't own are spread out between my "recommendation" shelves and my wishlist. Therefore, I would choose "Wishlist" as my "Find out about giveaways " option.


message 7: by Caroline (new)

Caroline I have won some fantastic books on here!! Thank you Goodreads.
Thank's for the tip about filtering as I only read "print books".


message 8: by Shelby M. (new)

Shelby M. (Read and Find Out) Jaclyn wrote: "Rachyl wrote: "I noticed there is not a "short stories" genre category to search by. I think that would be one that you should look into adding."

Thanks for the suggestion! We'll be sure to consid..."


I just realized that under email settings you can set it so that you receive a notification when a book you've shelved is listed as a giveaway. I just added this function and recommend it for everyone else as well!


message 9: by Amanda (new)

Amanda I often wished there was a way to go back to your previous page after entering a giveaway. For example, if you are looking at all of the memoirs and enter a giveaway for one, it would be nice to go back to the memoirs instead of the whole list. If you are looking at the list sorted by most popular authors and enter a giveaway listed on page three, it would be nice to go back to page three.


message 10: by Jane (new)

Jane Even though I sign up for receiving giveaways for books on my shelf, sometimes I get an email and sometimes I don't.


message 11: by Angela (new)

Angela Williams Shelby wrote: "I've never been notified when books on my shelves are listed for giveaways! I always have to search for them myself."

I get emails every time one of the books I've shelved is available. Maybe check your settings?


message 12: by Jane (new)

Jane Angela wrote: "Shelby wrote: "I've never been notified when books on my shelves are listed for giveaways! I always have to search for them myself."

I get emails every time one of the books I've shelved is availa..."


I have checked my settings and they are set correctly.


message 13: by Shelby M. (new)

Shelby M. (Read and Find Out) Angela wrote: "Shelby wrote: "I've never been notified when books on my shelves are listed for giveaways! I always have to search for them myself."

I get emails every time one of the books I've shelved is availa..."


Thanks! Actually already did; see follow up comment above. I'll be getting Goodreads notifications now instead. :)


message 14: by Amber (last edited Jun 29, 2017 09:44AM) (new)

Amber I enter these but never win. would love to win one of the giveaways I enter for on here. I write reviews on goodreads of books I've read and write a review of the books I get for reads for review requests from authors too.


message 15: by Natalya (new)

Natalya So far, I've won three books of my choice. But I have not received them yet, since it takes 4-6 weeks.
Im also not being notified about giveaways, so I'm checking "recently listed" on the daily basis.


message 16: by Judy (new)

Judy I also have entered many, many of these and never won. It does say your chances improve if you write reviews on goodreads of books you've read. I guess that's because if you do win, you are asked to write a review of the book you won after you read it.


message 17: by Sarah (last edited Jun 28, 2017 10:54AM) (new)

Sarah Webster I've been doing these things for about 4 years and still haven't won a giveaway.


message 18: by Janet (new)

Janet I've won a few, but have only not received one -- the first one I won. My advice is to check every day, whether ending soon or recently listed. It's always so nice to receive a book in the mail.


message 19: by Sid (new)

Sid Considering that it's Kindle, something accessible electronically, does this mean that giveaways will not be restricted solely to the US? I understand that, for print versions, it's a lot more difficult to send things physically, but a kindle version should be available everywhere.


message 20: by katwiththehat (new)

katwiththehat Kind of surprised there are so few Kindle books available. I would think that would be cheaper than sending out print books. Maybe there's something I'm missing.


message 21: by C (new)

C I've been doing them for several months and have won like seven times, some kindle but mostly paperback. Love these!


message 22: by Donna (new)

Donna Judy wrote: "I also have entered many, many of these and never won. It does say your chances improve if you write reviews on goodreads of books you've read. I guess that's because if you do win, you are asked t..."

I think it used to take reviewing or other Goodreads activity into account, but these days the terms say that winners are randomly drawn. Back before it was totally random, I won 3-4 books a year, but in the past three years, I've won one drawing. So now I don't browse the listings anymore and only enter when I get the giveaway notifications.


message 23: by Scarletine (new)

Scarletine "Our Kindle ebook giveaways program is now out of beta, which means you can enter for the chance to win even more books."

It would be super if the Giveaway listing page was updated and authors were permitted to list Kindle Giveaways, and not just paperback. Every link I have clicked on to try and list a Kindle giveaway comes to a 'coming soon' dead end.
There is no point pushing something as widely available when it isn't.
Is there a date when everything will be updated and I can post a Kindle Giveaway?


message 24: by Gene (new)

Gene Borowski Goodreads has a Giveaways? How long did you think you could keep this from me???


message 25: by Alondra (new)

Alondra Shelby wrote: "I've never been notified when books on my shelves are listed for giveaways! I always have to search for them myself."

Just go to your notifications under your profile.


message 26: by Leanne (new)

Leanne Sarah wrote: "I've been doing these things for about 4 years and still haven't won a giveaway."

I haven't either!


message 27: by Narilka (new)

Narilka I won my first Giveaway back in April and haven't received my book yet. I have reported it already. Am I out of luck on this one?


message 28: by Elyse (last edited Jun 28, 2017 12:20PM) (new)

Elyse I've won 26 since 2012. All physical books. It's so exciting to win!

It does help your "odds" if you write reviews for books you've read and not just rate them. And especially reviews for books you've won, once you start winning.

If you just want to win anything, go for books that have higher copies available instead of just one. 25 copies or 50 copies, sometimes they have 100 copies! Usually it's 1, 10, or 25 though.


message 29: by Elyse (last edited Jun 28, 2017 12:21PM) (new)

Elyse Amanda wrote: "I often wished there was a way to go back to your previous page after entering a giveaway. For example, if you are looking at all of the memoirs and enter a giveaway for one, it would be nice to go..."

I open the giveaway into a new tab so I can enter it and close the tab, then go back to the original Giveaways tab and continue on.


message 30: by Elyse (last edited Jun 28, 2017 12:21PM) (new)

Elyse katwiththehat wrote: "Kind of surprised there are so few Kindle books available. I would think that would be cheaper than sending out print books. Maybe there's something I'm missing."

It just got out of beta so give it a little more time! I'm sure the Kindle pool will get bigger.


message 31: by Elyse (new)

Elyse Narilka wrote: "I won my first Giveaway back in April and haven't received my book yet. I have reported it already. Am I out of luck on this one?"

Unfortunately it happens. Sometimes you just don't receive them and there's nothing really you can do. I mean, you can try contacting the one who created the giveaway.


message 32: by Ulla (new)

Ulla Rachyl wrote: "I noticed there is not a "short stories" genre category to search by. I think that would be one that you should look into adding."

I agree. I love short stories and would appreciate a category "short stories".


message 33: by Ulla (new)

Ulla Shelby wrote: "I've never been notified when books on my shelves are listed for giveaways! I always have to search for them myself."

Perhaps you have to change your notification settings. I'm informed when there ia a giveaway for a book on my to-read shelf.


message 34: by Danielle (new)

Danielle Cintron I think audiobooks should be available as giveaways.


message 35: by Ulla (new)

Ulla Amber wrote: "I enter these but never win. would love to win one of the giveaways I enter for on here."

I've won twice so far. Wishing you good luck. One time will be your time!


message 36: by Rosa (new)

Rosa will there be kindle giveaways that are available for all countries, not just the US, like with the print copies?


message 37: by Nevada (new)

Nevada Amanda wrote: "I often wished there was a way to go back to your previous page after entering a giveaway. For example, if you are looking at all of the memoirs and enter a giveaway for one, it would be nice to go..."

I second this. It's so frustrating to re-do the search filters after each giveaway you enter.

Also, I think my account is jinxed. I have 10 pages of giveaways entered, and ZERO wins. lol


message 38: by Yaaresse (new)

Yaaresse So what if you use one user name here and another name on Amazon? Does daisy-chaining the accounts mean you have to change your GR username to the Amazon one?


message 39: by Lacey (new)

Lacey I would love to see a filter for audiobooks. It would be very helpful to be able to see audiobooks only in the search.


message 40: by Julia (new)

Julia Nyssa wrote: "I'd be excited about this if we were allowed to choose the shelf used to find out about the giveaways. I already own the books on my "Want to read" shelf, that's why they are there. The books I don..."

I agree about this. I have a separate "to acquire" shelf for books I want to buy eventually or keep an eye out for. When I get a giveaway alert, it's invariably for something I already own. At least let us set it to a particular shelf if that was possible?


message 41: by Pat (new)

Pat Amanda wrote: "I often wished there was a way to go back to your previous page after entering a giveaway. For example, if you are looking at all of the memoirs and enter a giveaway for one, it would be nice to go..."

My thoughts exactly. It'd save time, for sure!


message 42: by Jaycie (new)

Jaycie Amanda wrote: "I often wished there was a way to go back to your previous page after entering a giveaway. For example, if you are looking at all of the memoirs and enter a giveaway for one, it would be nice to go..."

I right click on the "Enter Giveaway" button and choose "Open link in new tab". This way I can enter the giveaway from one tab, and my place is still saved on the original tab. Hope this helps!


message 43: by Joel (new)

Joel Judy wrote: "I also have entered many, many of these and never won. It does say your chances improve if you write reviews on goodreads of books you've read. I guess that's because if you do win, you are asked t..."

I entered for a long time without success as well, until recently when I started winning a few Kindle giveaways. I didn't do a lot of reviews prior to this, but made it a point to do so with the first couple of books I won in this manner, and have since won about 6-8 more (with intentions of providing reviews once finished reading them). I've never seen anything saying reviews are mandatory, but from my experience I can definitely say it doesn't hurt!


message 44: by Jamie (new)

Jamie Barringer (Ravenmount) I always wish that we got a notification on Goodreads when we win a book. I only add giveaway books to any of my shelves once I've won them, so that my shelves don't fill up with books I don't have on hand to read. So, every time I win a book I have to find out via email, which I don't check daily, and then go through the list of giveaways I've entered to find the newly won book and add it to my shelves. It would be a lot more sensible if there was a Goodreads notification when I won a book that would link directly to the giveaway listing.


message 45: by Tina (new)

Tina Golla O always enter but never win


Olivia "Don't Blame Me I Voted for Hillary" I've had good luck with Goodreads giveaways. My tastes in books are quite broad and I enter to win anything that looks good. So I've won quite a few books.


Olivia "Don't Blame Me I Voted for Hillary" But there's one more thing: I think there are too many "books" that are available only on Kindle. Contrary to what whoever sponsors those giveaways must think, reports of the death of the print book are greatly exaggerated.


message 48: by Tina (new)

Tina Golla Olivia "Don't Blame Me I Voted for Hillary" wrote: "But there's one more thing: I think there are too many "books" that are available only on Kindle. Contrary to what whoever sponsors those giveaways must think, reports of the death of the print boo..."

I agree


message 49: by Joel (new)

Joel Olivia "Don't Blame Me I Voted for Hillary" wrote: "But there's one more thing: I think there are too many "books" that are available only on Kindle. Contrary to what whoever sponsors those giveaways must think, reports of the death of the print boo..."

There are currently 87 pages of print book giveaways. There are 2 for Kindle. The existence of either format does not diminish the other in any way.


message 50: by McKenzie (new)

McKenzie Amanda wrote: "I often wished there was a way to go back to your previous page after entering a giveaway. For example, if you are looking at all of the memoirs and enter a giveaway for one, it would be nice to go..."

Totally agree! I sometimes just scroll through a bunch of the giveaways and if I decide to enter one I have to go back and find where I was.


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