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My Books


  • Here's how to edit or remove the read date on a book that you’ve already read:

    1. Click on My Books in the header to navigate to your shelves.

    2. Use the search bar at the top of your shelves to find the book in question.

    3. Click on the “edit” link in the last column on the right for that book.

    4. Scroll down to the “Dates read” subheading in the pop-up that appears, and edit the relevant date. Alternatively, click on the “X” next to the set of dates if you’d like to remove them, and then click on “Save” at the bottom of the page.

    If you'd like to remove the book from your shelves entirely, you can find the book on your My Books page and click the gray "X" on the right hand side of the book listing.


  • The data exported from kindle.amazon.com does not include reading dates, so that information isn’t Included in your Goodreads import. You can manually add the date added and date read for any book on your shelves. Here’s how:

    1. Click on My Books in the header to navigate to your shelves.

    2. Use the search bar at the top right of your shelves to find the book in question.

    3. Under the “date read” or “date added” column header for that specific book listing, click on the “edit” link (if you don't see a "date read" or “date added” column, click "shelf settings" at the top of the page and select the appropriate checkbox).

    4. Add the desired date in the pop-up menu that appears, and then click on “save.”


  • If you'd like to export your books from your previous kindle.amazon.com account, please contact us.

  • 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.

  • 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 downward arrow (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.


  • Sponsors do not see the profiles of entrants in their giveaways. For print book giveaways, we provide information to be used for delivery of the books to winners.

    We strongly discourage unsolicited outreach to members by authors. If you have any questions about how to interact with readers on Goodreads, please visit our Author Guidelines or contact us.

  • To add or remove books from a shelf in batches, use the "batch edit" on the top of your My Books page. The batch edit tool lets you select as many books as you like to move them from one shelf or another, or even to remove them from your profile.

  • Progress updates for ebooks and audiobooks default to percentage, while updates for other books (like paperbacks, etc) default to page number. However, in all cases one can change the status to switch from the default. Here's how:

    1) Navigate to your home page.

    2) In your "currently reading" section (on the top right of the page), click "update status" next to the book you'd like to update.

    3) The "%" should be a clickable link. Just click on it to switch the updates to "pages".

  • You can create your own exclusive shelf for "never finished", "did not finish" or "abandoned". Here's how:

    1) Click on My Books in the header.

    2) Next to the "bookshelves" header on the left, click the small "edit" link.

    3) On the bottom of the page, type "never finished" or "abandoned" into the "add a shelf" feature.

    4) Check "exclusive" next to the new shelf when it appears on the list.

    This will allow you to assign a book to this shelf, instead of having to pick between the default "read", "currently reading", and "to read" shelves.

  • There are two ways you can do this:

    1) From the homepage: Look for the "currently reading" section on the top right of the page. Underneath the book you want to update, click the small "update status" link. From here, you should be able to input the page number you are on and any comments you want to add.

    2) From the book page: Scroll down until you see the "My Review" section (which should be just underneath the book's description). Next to the bolded "progress" header, click the link to "update status". Similarly, you can add page numbers and comments here.

    For information on how to remove a status update, go here.

  • 1) Go to the homepage.

    2) On the righthand side of the page, there should be a "currently-reading" section. Click "update status" underneath this section.

    3) Under the text box is a link that says, "I'm finished." Click that link.

    4) This should take you to a review page if you'd like to write a review. Click "save" and the book should be marked as "read".

    Alternatively, you could go to the review page for the book (you can get there from "edit review" on the book page), and select "read" from the shelf dropdown menu. However, this method does not automatically record the date you finished the book.

  • To reread a book you can move any book on your “read” shelf to your “currently reading” shelf before marking it as read again. Alternatively, here’s how to add additional read dates to a book that you’ve already read at least once:

    1) Click on My Books in the header to navigate to your shelves.
    2) Use the search bar at the top of your shelves to find the book in question.
    3) Click on the “edit” link in the last column on the right for that book.
    4) Scroll down to the “Dates read” subheading in the pop-up that appears and click on the “Add read date” link right below your previous date(s) read.
    5) Add the desired dates in the date dropdowns, and then click on “Save” at the bottom of the page.

    Shelving a different edition of the book each time you’ve read it will also count towards the total number of rereads, as each edition will have its own reading sessions.

  • Books will only be counted towards your 2018 Reading Challenge if the "date I finished this book" field contains a date in 2018.

    To check if you've set the date:

    1. Navigate to the book's page.

    2. Within the "My Activity" section, click "Edit" on the right.

    3. Check to see that the "date I finished this book" is filled in with a date from 2018. If it's blank, add one and save. If there is a date, and it's still not being counted, contact us.

  • To import or export your books, go to "My Books," then click on "Import and export" under "Tools" on the left.

    To IMPORT your books from a csv, txt, or xls file, click “Browse" under "Import from a File," select the file from your computer, then click on "Import Books." The batch upload may take several minutes to process, depending on how large your file is.
    To EXPORT your books to a csv file, click on the "Export Library" button on the top right, then wait for the file to generate. This may take some time if you have a large library. If successful, you will see a "Your export from (date) - (time)" note above the button. Just click on the "Your export" portion of the note to download the csv file.

  • You can sort your or your friends reading lists by any criteria you like, using the links at the top of the column while viewing a shelf. For example, to sort by title, click on 'title', which appears at the top of the page. Clicking again will reverse the sort. Other columns that can be sorted on are: author name, rating, my rating, shelves, publication date, date added, date read, average rating, review, number of comments, private notes, owned, and number of reviews.

  • Goodreads supports a set list of html tags that you can use to format your comments, reviews, and stories & writing. They are posted on the right side of most pages, and are also below:


      Well formed web urls automatically get turned into links:

    • link: <a href="http://www.goodreads.com">my link text</a>
    • link to book: use the "add book/author" link or [book: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone]
    • link to author: use the "add book/author" link or [author: J.K. Rowling]
    • image: <img src="http://www.goodreads.com/image..." width="40" height="100" alt="description"/> (Suggested image size in pixels: width 0-400, height 0-1000, "alt" is a description of the image. All three are optional, but recommended.)
    • bold text: <b>...</b>
    • italic text: <i>...</i>
    • underline text: <u>...</u>
    • strike text: <s>...</s>
    • line break: <br>...</br>
    • blockquote: <blockquote>...</blockquote>
    • paragraph: <p>...</p>
    • spoiler: <spoiler>...</spoiler>

      Note: tags must be properly nested, example:
      OK: <i><b>test</b></i>
      Not OK: <i><b>test</i></b>


  • Goodreads does not require winners to post reviews. We do make clear to giveaway entrants that reviews are highly appreciated by sponsors, and we send a follow-up email to winners encouraging them to review the books they win.


  • We support emojis on the following platforms:

  • iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, Mac)
  • Android devices (Samsung, Sony, Huawei, etc.)
  • Kindle Fire
  • Most desktop browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc.)
  • Mobile web

  • Emojis can be added everywhere you can enter text, including reviews, comments, group discussions, reading progress updates and general status updates, and more! You can add emojis to Goodreads using the emoji keyboard on your device.

  • 1.Visit My Books on the Goodreads desktop site.
    2. Click on "owned books" from the options available on the left-hand side:


    You'll see your owned books on the resulting page.

    Click here to go there now.

  • The "Other Editions" section is now located in each book's details. To view the other editions of a book, click the green "more details" link (right above the book links on a book's page). See here for a screenshot.

  • When you review a book, it automatically posts to the book page under Community Reviews. Our book pages are cached, so your review might not appear under Community Reviews right away, but this usually updates within a few days. It might help to note that reviews are not only sorted by date, but also by popularity of the reviewer, number of likes, length of the review, and a couple of other factors. This sorting determines what page your review ends up on.

  • On the new "my books", click on "shelf settings" and select the options you want. Then save. This can be set independently for each shelf, except for read and all, which are set together.

    For more details, please see this blog post.

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Deals


  • Goodreads Deals is a feature that connects Goodreads members with noteworthy discounts on titles they’ve expressed interest in. We send you an email when there’s a great ebook deal on a book you’ve placed on your Want to Read shelf or by an Author You Follow. We also offer Deals by genre for Fiction, Nonfiction, Bestsellers, Mystery & Thrillers, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Romance, and Young Adult.

    To personalize the Goodreads Deals you receive or to unsubscribe, visit the Deals tab of your Account Settings. Check the boxes next to the Deals you’re interested in, and be sure to click on Save Preferences at the bottom of the page.

  • At the moment, our Deals by Genre include our most popular genres: Fiction, Nonfiction, Bestsellers, Mystery & Thrillers, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Romance, and Young Adult. We are actively working to add more genres over time, so check back often to opt in to more genres.


  • You can change your preferences in the Deals tab of your Account Settings page. Uncheck each box, and click on Save Preferences at the bottom of the page.


  • To unsubscribe from Goodreads Deals, click the "unsubscribe" link in the email you received. You can also change your preferences in the Deals tab of your Account Settings. Uncheck each box, and click on Save Preferences at the bottom of the page.


  • Currently, Goodreads Deals are only available for U.S. members, and we’re working closely with a number of partners to make sure that we can consistently offer the best Deals. We’d like to expand to other markets in the future, so stay tuned!


  • Goodreads doesn’t actually sell the ebooks in our Deals emails. To receive a refund or otherwise resolve any transaction issues, we recommend contacting the specific retailer where you bought the ebook. You can reach customer support for our featured stores at the following links:

    1.Amazon
    2.iBooks
    3. Barnes and Noble
    4.Google Books
    5.Kobo

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Book Topics

  • 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.

  • If a book is missing a cover image or a book page has inaccurate data, please post in the official Goodreads Librarians Group. Our army of volunteer librarians would be happy to help!

    Any member with librarian status can edit book data and generally correct any inaccuracies. If you have more than 50 books added and would like to become a librarian, please apply here.

  • 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.

  • There are a couple reasons why you might have trouble editing your author profile or your books:

    1. You haven't joined the Goodreads Author Program. When you sign up for the site, your user profile isn't automatically linked to your author profile. You have to apply to have them linked. As soon as your application is approved by staff, you should be able to edit your profile. Click here for more information about how to apply for the program.

    2. You're a Goodreads Author, but you aren't signed into the correct user account. It's possible to have duplicate user accounts, so make sure that you are logged in with the same email you used to claim your author profile. If you're not sure, check to see which email account your Author Program welcome email came to.

    3. You're trying to edit a book that isn't attributed to you. If the book doesn't appear on your author profile already, you don't have editing rights (because the system doesn't know it's yours). In this case, you'll need a librarian to correct the author name for you (the system recognizes extra spaces). You can ask one to do so in the Librarians Group.

  • Here's how to turn off recommendations from Goodreads or "trending" stories in your updates feed:

    1. Navigate to the home page, and make sure that you're looking at the "Updates" tab.

    2. On the right-hand side of the page (next to the "Currently Reading" box), you'll see a gear icon. Click that to open your updates preferences.

    3. A menu should drop down. Uncheck the box next to "Recommendations from Goodreads."

    4. Click "Apply Filters" on the bottom.


  • *Author Program. Designed for authors to have a profile on the site and interact with fans, and add photos, videos, events, etc to their profile.

    * Advertising. We offer custom advertising buys. Buys can be across the entire site or targeted to a particular genre. For a rate card please contact us.

    * Author interviews & newsletter promotion. Each month we feature authors in our monthly newsletter. This is an editorial decision, and usually the authors featured have books just released. For consideration, contact us with details about the book.

    * Book Giveaways. Giveaways are valuable because they drive awareness and interest in your book with our community of millions of readers.

    * Q&A groups. Authors can host a Q&A group to answer questions from fans about a new book.

    * Ask the Author allows authors to engage with readers from their author dashboard.

    * How do books get discovered? A data-driven presentation on how Goodreads members find the books they read. A great tool for authors and publishers.

    Find more advice for authors and publishers on the Authors & Advertisers Blog.

  • There is a comprehensive Librarian Manual that deals with any questions librarians may want to know: check it out.

  • Note: Librarians only

    Due to the nature of there being many different editions of a book, each having its own ISBN, we have built a feature where you can combine (or separate) each edition. This provides the advantage of aggregating all the reviews and statistics for this combined 'work'. To combine editions of a book, just click 'combine' on the far right side of the book's page.

  • If you can't find a book on our search engine when searching by author or title, you have three options. The first option is to search by ISBN. You can find ISBN numbers on the inside cover of your book. The second option is to add the book yourself by clicking on manually add book on the right side of the search page. The third option is to post a request in the Goodreads Librarians group, following these guidelines.

    Note: Only users with accounts older than 1 day old will be able to manually add books.

  • To post a nominee badge linking to your Goodreads Choice Awards category, you'll need to code it into your website with HTML.

    First, you will need a URL for the image, as it has to be sourced online. To get one, we recommend creating a Photobucket account. Then:

    1. Right-click on the nominee badge image below and select "save image as".

    2. Upload the image to your Photobucket account using the "upload" link at the top.

    3. Once the image has been processed, click on it to get to the image's page.

    4. Copy the URL in the "Direct link" box on the right.

    5. Navigate to your website's HTML editor mode.

    6. Paste the following code in your HTML editor, inserting the URL you copied between the quotes after "img src":

    <a href="http://www.goodreads.com/choiceawards">
    <img src="">
    </a>

    7. Replace the URL after "a href" with the URL to your specific Goodreads Choice category.

    8. Save.

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My Account

  • You can reset your password by navigating to the sign in page and clicking on forgot password. Enter your email address into the tool and check your email to reset your password.

  • Here’s how to delete your account on the desktop site:

    1. Click on your profile picture in the header and select Account Settings from the drop-down menu.
    2. Navigate to the Settings tab.
    3. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click "delete my account."
    4. On the next page, confirm that you'd like to remove it.

  • 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.

  • Privacy settings on Goodreads are found by clicking on your profile picture and selecting Account Settings from the drop-down menu. On the Profile tab, you can select your location, age, and birthday privacy. On the Settings tab you can select who can view your profile, last name, email address, and who can send you messages. If your profile is private, only your friends can see your profile. This includes your profile data, bookshelves, profile comments, and your friend list. Your first name and image thumbnail are still available in some areas of site. Your book reviews will also still be available on each book page. Note also that author profiles cannot be made private.

  • 1) Go to your edit profile page.

    2) Select the emails tab.

    3) At the top of the page, find the option titled: "Email me new reviews from friends."

    4) Select the option for "never."

    5) Scroll down until you see "save email settings," and click that button to save your changes.

  • Members who have not yet added friends will receive "Recent Updates from the Community" in lieu of friend updates on their homepage. As soon as you start adding friends, these community updates will be replaced by updates from your friends.


  • In the past, some settings on the Emails tab of your Account Settings were unclear about what notifications they actually corresponded to, and this wasn't a great experience for our members. We've updated our notifications settings to be more transparent. The change has two main components:

    1. We've updated the name of some settings to better reflect what they actually control. For example, “Comments on my answer for Goodreads Q&A” has become “Comments on a Goodreads Q&A that I’ve answered or commented on,” since this setting controls both comments on a user’s own answer and answers a user comments on for Reader and Author Q&As.

    2. We've split notifications for comments on your own activity (shelvings and progress updates) from comments on other people's activity that you're following. This is controlled by two settings: "Comments on my shelving or progress update" and "Comments on an activity or review I've commented on."

  • Content that contains hate speech or threatening language violates our rules and is not tolerated. If you receive threatening, abusive, or unwanted messages or comments, we suggest blocking the user. When you block someone, they can no longer comment on your reviews or send you messages. Their activity will also be hidden for you. To block a user, navigate to their profile, scroll down to the bottom, and click “block this member.”

    If the situation escalates in any way, please contact us and we’ll evaluate the situation and take appropriate action. Please also feel free to flag any content to our attention that violates our Terms of Service.

  • Here’s how to add your profile picture to the desktop site:

    1) Hover over your profile picture in the header and select Account Settings from the drop-down menu.

    2) On the right side of the page, click on "choose file" (it's under the brown "no photo" box).

    3) Browse your files to select an image.

    4) Click on "upload photo."

    You can also add or edit your profile picture on the mobile site by navigating to your Settings from the hamburger menu and selecting “Profile.” Clicking on the option underneath the profile icon will provide you with options to “Take Photo,” “Choose” an existing picture, or “Delete Profile Picture.” Choose the relevant option and follow the prompts.

  • 1. First, create a Facebook Fan Page for your group, if you don't already have one.
    2. Next, connect to Goodreads using Facebook connect or add the Goodreads Facebook App
    3. Navigate to the Goodreads App Page
    4. Click on the gear to the top right of the page.
    5. Select "Add to my Page" from the menu.
    6. Navigate back to your Facebook Page and select the Goodreads box at the top.
    7. Select type Group Page and choose your group. You may only select a group you are a moderator of. Save and you're done!

  • You can go here and click the "delete" link next to the stored card.

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iPhone

  • 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:

  • 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. Under your rating, you'll see a box that says "Write a Review" or "Edit Your Review" (depending on if you have already entered a text review or not). Tap that box to open the review screen.

    3. Tap "No Start Date" or "No Finish Date" to enter the date started or date read.

    4. Choose the correct date, and then tap "Done" at the top right.

    5. On the review screen, tap "Done" again to save.

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

  • 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.

  • Sometimes, even if you typed your email and password correctly, the iOS app does not allow you to sign in to Goodreads, producing error messages along the lines of (412) An unexpected error occurred.

    This problem happens when the time on your iOS 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. The time on your iOS device 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 iOS home screen, launch the Settings app.

    2. Choose "General".

    3. Choose "Date & Time," which is around the bottom-half of the page.

    4. Ensure that the date, time zone, and time are all correct.

    5. To make things even more reliable, set the "Set Automatically" switch to the ON position. This allows your device to automatically set the correct time and timezone everywhere you go, and it typically solves any related issues. (Some old iPods running iOS 3 may not have this option.)

  • If the Goodreads iPhone app crashes (closes unexpectedly), we'd greatly appreciate it if you could send us your crash logs. These will help us find the problem and fix it.

    How to get your crash logs:

    1. Sync your iPhone

    2. Browse to the following folders. DEVICE_NAME indicates the name of your iPhone as shown in iTunes.

     Mac OS X:
    /Users/<your_user>/Library/Logs/CrashReporter/MobileDevice/<DEVICE_NAME>

     Windows XP:
    C:\Documents and Settings\Application Data\Apple computer\Logs\CrashReporter\

     Windows Vista:
    C:\Users\AppData\Roaming\Apple computer\Logs\CrashReporter\MobileDevice\

    3. Each log file will begin with the name of the application. Create a zip file including all the log files related to Goodreads, and email it to support@goodreads.com. (To create a zip file on the Mac: Control-click -> Compress; on Windows: Right-click -> WinZip.)

  • Here's how to add a new profile picture on the iOS app:

    1. On the home screen, tap "More" on the bottom right.

    2. Tap your current picture or name (at the top left) to view your profile.

    3. Tap "Edit Profile.”

    4. On the edit profile page, click on “Edit” beneath your profile picture.

    5. Tap either "Take a Photo" or "Choose from Library" to take a picture or find an existing picture you'd like to use.

    6. Once you've found the picture that you want, tap "Choose."

    That's it!  Please let me know if you have any additional questions or concerns.

  • First, take a screenshot of the error or bug. To capture a screenshot using the iPhone or iPod Touch, briefly hold down the power button. While holding it down, press the home key (the key with the square on it). Your screen should briefly flash. There should now be a photo of your iPhone screen saved to your photos. Please email that screenshot to support[at]goodreads[dot]com with a brief description of the error and how you produced it.

    If the app unexpectedly closed/crashed, please send us your crash logs as well. That's a great help in diagnosing the problem. We strive to fix all bugs for which we receive crash logs. Here you can find instructions for sending logs.

  • If you want to sign in with Gmail/Google, Twitter, or Facebook you will need to use the Goodreads site to create a login. Here's how:

    1. Sign into Goodreads as normal using your Twitter/Google/Facebook login on the computer.

    2. Click on your profile picture and select Account Settings from the drop-down menu.

    3. Navigate to the Settings tab and enter your email address and password into the appropriate fields. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on "Save account settings." You'll now be able to log in using your email and password on the website, the iOS app, and the mobile site.

  • 1. Navigate to the book page of the book you’d like to review.

    2. Tap the stars to give the book a star rating, or move it to your Read shelf by tapping the books icon next to "Want to Read."

    3. Scroll down and tap the “Write a Review” button. (It should appear under your star rating.)

    4. A text box will open for you to edit the review text.

    5. Tap "Done" at the top right to save!

  • To add a book to your shelves using the iPhone app, try this:

    1. Tap the "Search" icon at the bottom of the app.

    2. In the search bar, type the title and/or author of the book that you’d like to find.

    3. Scroll until you find the desired book, then tap the book's title. This will take you to the book page.

    4. Tap the green “Want to Read” button to add the book to your “to-read” shelf. If you’d like to add the book to a different shelf, tap the arrow at the right-hand side of the “Want to Read” button. That will open a list of your existing shelves.

    5. Select the shelf you'd like to add it to, then tap "Done."

    It might also help to note that, when viewing a book on genre lists, Listopia, or another member's shelf, you can swipe right on any book and tap the "Want to Read" button to add it to your to-read shelf.

  • 1. Navigate to the book page of the book you reviewed.

    2. Scroll down, and select "edit your review."

    3. Click "done" on the top right to save!

  • 1. Navigate to the book's page (you can find it through the search tool on the bottom of the screen or through your shelves).

    2. Tap the gray arrow on the right-hand side of the “Want to Read” button. (This button may also say “Read” or “Reading” depending on which shelf the book is on).

    3. You’ll see a list of your exclusive shelves. If you’d like to add or remove custom shelves, scroll to the end of the list and tap “More Shelves.”

    4. Tap "Done" at the top of the page to save.

  • 1. Navigate to the book page.

    2. Scroll down below the book description. Tap the beige “Details & Editions” button.

    3. Tap on the “Editions” line.

    4. Find the edition you’d like to shelve, and choose “Switch to this edition.”

    This will move your review of the book to a new edition. If you’d like to add a separate review for that edition, you can do so from our main website.


  • To edit your profile in the Goodreads iOS app:

    1. Tap on "More," then tap on your name at the top of the page.

    2. Tap on "Edit Profile."

    3. Make the changes you'd like and tap "done" to save your changes. You can also tap "cancel" to abandon your edits.

  • 1. Select "Scan" from the menu on the bottom of your screen.

    2. It should default to your list of scanned books. If you see the camera instead, just tap "Done" on the bottom left to get to the list.

    3. Next to "Scanned Books" at the top of the page, tap "Clear"

  • 1. Tap on the Goodreads icon and hold for two seconds, until all your applications begin jiggling.

    2. Tap on the "x" that appears on the top left of the Goodreads icon.

    3. When the dialog appears, tap "delete" to confirm.

  • You can scan multiple books at once onto your "read" or "to-read" shelf:

    1. Open the app and click "scan" in the bottom right menu.

    2. If you're not on the Scanned Books List, tap "Done" on the bottom left to get there.

    3. Check to see if you have scanned books in the list that you don't want to add to the shelf. If you do, scroll down to the bottom and tap "Clear Scanned Book List" before moving to step 4.

    4. Tap "Scan" on the top right to move into camera mode.

    5. Scan barcodes for all the books you'd like to add. You can just scan one after another without tapping or exiting into the list. As long as you see the ISBN appear in green below the viewer, the barcode has been processed.

    6. When you're done, tap "done" on the bottom left.

    7. Scroll down to the bottom and tap either "Add All to Read Shelf" or "Add All to To-Read Shelf", depending on your preference.

  • There are 2 kinds of notifications: Apple Push Notifications and Goodreads notifications. Push notifications are the ones you receive on your device even when the Goodreads app is not active or even when you're not using your phone. You typically see them in alerts that you can swipe up to open them in the Goodreads app. To disable push notifications, do the following:

    1. Tap on your "Settings" icon (it looks like silver gears).

    2. Tap "Notifications".

    3. Scroll down until you see "Goodreads".

    4. Select "Goodreads".

    5. Under "Alert Style", select "None" on the far left.

    You can also turn off Goodreads in the notification center at the top of your iOS device by switching "Notification Center" to "OFF" at the top.

    Even after disabling push notifications, you will still receive Goodreads notifications. These are the equivalent (no more, no less) of the notifications you see at the top right of the website's header, i.e. the "g" badge. The majority of these notifications come from groups or topics you are subscribed to. To disable them, simply go to the group or topic page and look for "Group Notification Settings" or "Topic Notification Settings," somewhere around the bottom of the page. Then simply turn them off.

    Keep in mind that even if you turn off the Group notification settings, you may still receive notifications for an individual topic in that group. The easiest way to turn everything off is to open the (unwanted) notification, scroll down and disable it using the Topic notification setting control.

    In addition, the website gives you full control over which Goodreads notifications you are receiving at this page: http://www.goodreads.com/user/edit?tab=emails

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Mobile Website

  • 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:

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    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. 

  • 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.

  • In order for a book to count towards your annual Reading Challenge, you'll need to set the date you finished the book as part of your review.

    The only way to do this on the mobile website is to mark the book as finished from the "Update Progress" button for a book that you're Currently reading. (On our non-mobile website, you can add the date at any time from your My Books page.)

  • If you’re reading this, you’re likely on our mobile site. To switch to the full desktop version of the site, tap the menu icon at the top left of the screen (three stacked lines; some people call it a “hamburger”). Tap on “Switch to Desktop” at the bottom of the menu options and you’ll be taken to the full site.

    If you’d like to switch to the mobile site from our full site, scroll to the bottom of the home page and find “Switch to: mobile version." Just tap on that, and you’ll be taken to a mobile-friendly view.

  • You’ll need to visit our full (non-mobile) site to edit your friends list. (Here's how to switch to our desktop site on your mobile device.) Once you're on the desktop site, click on the Friends icon at the top right (two silhouettes, next to your profile picture) and find the friend in question. Once you click the green “edit friends” link at the top of your Friends list, you can add or revoke “top friend” status with your current friends, or remove friends completely. Any changes you make on the desktop site will apply to your account on the mobile site and apps.

  • You can edit your privacy settings, including the visibility of your profile, name, and location, on the Settings tab and Profile tab of your Account Settings . You’ll find controls for what information we publish to your linked social networks on the Apps tab.

    You can also edit your privacy settings on the mobile site by navigating to your Settings from the hamburger menu and selecting “Privacy.” Once you’ve made changes to your privacy settings, select “Done” to save.

  • Your custom shelves are available on our mobile site, but when you shelve a book, the default menu only displays our three main shelves (want to read, currently reading, and read). To access your custom shelves, simply tap the three-books icon and choose “See All Shelves” at the bottom of the list. You can choose which shelves to place the book on, and tap “I’m Finished” when you’re done

  • We do not yet have a mobile-optimized experience for groups. In order to join or leave groups, or participate in group discussions, you'll need to switch to our desktop site. (Here's how.) Any changes you make on the desktop site to your group membership will apply to your account on the mobile site and apps.

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Groups

  • 1) Click on "Groups" in the header.

    2) Click create a group just above the "browse by tag" section on the right.

  • 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."

  • 1) Navigate to the group's main page.

    2) Click on "group settings" in the menu on the top right.

    3) On the top right of the settings page, click "choose file".

    4) Go ahead and choose a file from your computer's directory.

    5) Click "upload photo".

  • Once you remove someone from a group, that person is automatically blocked from re-joining.

    Here's how to take the user off your blocked list:

    1. Go to your group page.

    2. Click on "members" on the right side.

    3. Click on "block/unblock users from joining" in grey at the bottom of the page.

    4. Click "unblock user" for the appropriate person.

  • 1. Go to your group.

    2. Click "Polls".

    3. Click on "comments and details" next to your poll.

    4. Click "edit this poll" in the top right corner.

    5. Click "delete this poll" at the bottom.

    Note: only moderators can do this.

  • 1) Navigate to your group's page.

    2) Click on "Discussion Board".

    3) Click on "edit folders" on the top right (see image -- click to enlarge).

    4) Click on "add a folder" on the top right to start adding folders. As soon as you have your folders, you can start adding discussion threads to them.

    5) Click on the discussion thread you'd like to add.

    6) At the top of the page, click "edit" next to the thread's title.

    7) Next to "folder", select a folder and save.

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Friends

  • Adding friends is easy. If you already have the profile link for someone you'd like to friend, just navigate to their profile, then click "add as a friend" beneath the "about me" section.

    If you want to find friends on Goodreads and you don't have profile links, just click on the friends icon in the header, which is located directly to the left of your profile image. Then select the "add friends" tab.

    On this page you have several options to add friends:

    • your Gmail, Facebook, or Twitter contacts
    • clicking on Friends of friends
    • browsing friends

  • 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".

  • To block a user:

    1) Navigate to that user's profile page.

    2) Scroll down to the bottom of the page.

    3) Click "block this member".

  • What does it mean when a friend has "written a story" about me?

    A "story" on Goodreads indicates how two friends met. Unfortunately, it isn't a creative writing project.

    For example, if you wanted to record that you know your friend Sam from work, you would click "write a story" on his profile page, and then select "colleague."

  • A friend relationship is two-way. You see their reviews, and they see yours. A following relationship is one-way. You see their reviews, but they don't see yours in their feed. That said, members you are following can view your profile if they choose to. There are separate counts for friends and followers. You are included in each other's friend counts, but only one-way followers are included in your follow counts.

    You can either be following someone or be their friend, not both. (There is one exception: authors who have a blog and/or are members of the Goodreads Author program.) In either case, you will see their reviews on your homepage when you have the appropriate filter settings.

  • An easy way to exclude certain people from your feeds is to make a "top friends" list. This way, you can put all the people whose updates you would like to see in one place, separate from the people whose updates don't interest you. Then you can edit your feed to only display the updates from your "top friends".

    To do this:

    1) Click on the "Friends" icon in the header (the icon closest to your profile pic).

    2) Click "edit friends" on the top of the page

    3) Select the checkboxes of the people whose updates you would like to see as "top friends"

    4) Go back to the home page.

    5) Directly underneath the "updates" tab, there is an option that says, "showing: friend and people I'm following". Click the arrow to the right to display the list of settings.

    6) Select the radio button for "top friends" underneath the "From People" column on the right.

    7) Click the "apply filters" button.

    You can also prevent friends from showing up in your friend update emails by filtering your update emails as "top friends only" here.

  • Our "top friends" feature allows you to choose a select group of friends whose updates you want to see first. To start using top friends, click on the "friends" tab and then click the "edit friends" button. Use the check-boxes to choose your top friends. Then navigate to the home page and click the “top friends” toggle at the top. Your profile page will also show your top friends first. You can also change your email settings by selecting "edit profile" from the drop-down list to the right of your profile pic in the header, and then selecting the “emails” tab. Select "only top friends" next to "send me new reviews from my friends." Don't worry - your friends won't know if they are a top friend or not.

  • We've recently instituted a friend limit of 5000, the same limit that Facebook currently has in place. This is because our system doesn't handle accounts with over 5000 friends very well.

    Please note that you can have an unlimited amount of fans and followers.

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Facebook

  • Here are some things to check:

    1. Did I grant the app all the permissions it needs?
    Navigate to the Apps tab of your Account Settings. In the Facebook section, you should see a series of checkboxes. Make sure you click "Add to Timeline" and follow the instructions in the pop-up if it is not already checked. If you see these, and all the options you'd like to share are checked, move on to step #3 below.

    2. 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.

    3. Is the update in my "Activity Log"?.
    Facebook recently made some changes to the way it prioritizes certain types of updates for your Timeline. As a result, some of your Goodreads activity may not always appear in your Timeline, even though it will always appear in your Activity Log. While many of your updates can still be manually sent to the timeline via the pencil icon (“Shown on Timeline”) on your Activity Log, some posts may not have this option. To check, click on your Activity Log link, which should be on the top of your Timeline (see screenshot).

    4. The update still isn't appearing.
    Sometimes 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 this still won’t work, your accounts may need to be re-linked:

    1. Go to the Apps tab on your Account Settings and click the gray link at the bottom that reads "disconnect Facebook from your Goodreads account".

    2. You'll need to disconnect the apps on Facebook as well; visit your Facebook General Account Settings. On the left-hand sidebar, click “Apps.” Next to Goodreads, click the X, then click “Remove” in the pop-up box.

    3. To connect the accounts again, go to the Apps tab on your Account Settings. Click the blue button that reads "Connect to Facebook" and authorize the app (make sure you have popups enabled). Edit your publishing preferences, then click "Save Settings."

    If you've tried all these steps, and you're still having trouble, please contact us.

  • 1. Navigate to the apps tab on your edit profile page.

    2. You'll see a Facebook section on the left. Click the blue "Add to Timeline" button.

    3. A pop-up should appear asking for your Facebook credentials and for your permission to post. Grant all permissions.

    4. Navigate to your Facebook Timeline.

    5. On the top of your Timeline should be a number of boxes, such as "Friends", "Likes", and "Photos". There should be a drop-down with a number on the far right of these boxes (see screenshot below). Click on that.

    6. On the top right of one of the empty boxes that appears, click the plus sign.

    7. Select "Goodreads" from the drop-down list.

    Now you're all set up! The more you interact with the app on Facebook, the more prominently Goodreads updates will show on your Timeline. In the beginning, they may just appear in your Timeline's "Activity Log" (a gray link on the top of the page), but you can force them to appear on the Timeline itself. Just navigate to your Activity Log, click the circle to the far right of the Goodreads update, and select "Shown on Timeline" (see screenshot).

    If you have any trouble getting your Goodreads updates to appear, please see our troubleshooting help topic.

  • First, check that you've granted all the necessary permissions on your apps tab. "Reviewing a book" should be checked. If you see "Add to Timeline" instead of checkmarks, please follow the directions to add Facebook integration here. You might also want to add Goodreads to your Favorites list on Facebook to ensure our updates are displayed more prominently on your Timeline.

    Now you're ready to review! Rate and review the book normally. As soon as you save the review, it should post over to your Activity Log in the form of a "wrote a review" action. To get it to show up on your Timeline:

    1) Navigate to your Facebook Timeline.

    2) Click on the gray "Activity Log" link on the top of your Timeline.

    3) Find the "wrote a review" update on the list and click on the circle to its far right (see screenshot).

    4) Select "Shown on Timeline" from the drop-down menu.

    When you navigate back to your Timeline, you should see your review appear in its own box.

    Alternatively, you can post a review outside of our Facebook integration. See how to do so here.

  • Yes, but anything you post this way won't be aggregated in our Facebook integration.

    Here's how:

    1. Navigate to the page of the book you reviewed.

    2. Click on the "My Review" header.

    3. On the bottom right, click "share on Facebook". You should see a pop-up appear (if you don't, you'll need to disable your pop-up blocker or switch browsers).

  • Facebook's algorithms decide which updates are important enough to display in News Feeds and Ticker. The more you interact with our app, the more prominently your Goodreads updates will display. Likes and comments make it more likely that an update will show, as does manually choosing to feature it on your Timeline. You can do the latter by going into your "Activity Log" (a gray link at the top of your profile), clicking on the circle to the far right of the Goodreads update, and selecting "Shown on Timeline". If you haven't already, you should also add Goodreads to your Favorites list on Facebook. More information about that here.

    However, individual reviews will go to your News Feed if you post them manually (outside of our app's functionality). Just click on the "My Review" header on the book page, then click the "share on Facebook" link on the bottom right.

  • You can control how your Goodreads information is aggregated on Facebook using your Facebook settings. Here’s how:

    1) Click on the gray “Activity Log” link on the top of your Timeline.

    2) Click on the “all” drop-down on the top right.

    3) Scroll down to the bottom of the drop-down menu and click “Goodreads”.

    4) There will now be a “Goodreads” header on the top of your Activity Log. On its right side, click “App Activity Can Show Up In…”

    5) Un-check the features you wouldn’t like to see. They should disappear automatically when you refresh.

  • If the loading icon keeps spinning, it implies the Facebook pop-up that is supposed to appear was suppressed by your browser. Try disabling your pop-up blocker completely or switching browsers. If your account was connected to Facebook before the Timeline switch, the problem can be resolved by logging out of Goodreads and logging back in through Facebook Connect.

  • To add an author or book tab:

    1. Create a Facebook Page if you don't already have one.
    2. Visit your author dashboard.
    3. Scroll down to the "Facebook Page Tab" section.
    4. Click the green "Add the Goodreads app" link in this section.
    5. A pop-up will appear. Choose your page from the drop-down menu and hit "Okay."
    6. Navigate to your Facebook fan page. You should now see a Goodreads icon on the "About" bar (under the "Like" button). Click on this to visit your page tab.

    That's it - your tab should be completely set up! The tab will default to showing an "Author" page, which will show all of your author information, details, and books. If you'd like to switch this to a dedicated book page instead, just go back to Facebook. Click on the page tab and scroll the whole way down. At the bottom right, you'll see a link that says "Edit your Goodreads tab settings." Click this to choose what type of tab you'd like to set up.

    If you would like to remove the tab or start over, navigate back to your author dashboard. Under "Facebook Fan Page Tab," you should now see a link that says "Reset your Page Tab and Start Over."


    To add a group tab:

    1. Create a Facebook Page if you don't already have one.
    2. Navigate to your group's page on Goodreads.
    3. Next to Membership, click "Edit."
    4. Scroll the whole way down the page to "Facebook Page Tab."
    5. Click the green "Add the Goodreads app" link in this section.
    6. A pop-up will appear. Choose your page from the drop-down menu and hit "Okay."
    7. Navigate to your Facebook fan page. You should now see a Goodreads icon on the "About" bar (under the "Like" button). Click on this to visit your page tab.

    This tab will default to showing the "Group" page. You can edit this setting by visiting the tab, scrolling the whole way down, and clicking "Edit your Goodreads tab settings."


    An alternative method: first make sure that you're using Facebook as yourself — not as your fan page. Then click here. You'll get the same pop-up asking which Facebook page you want to add the tab to. After you click through the pop-up, you'll have to visit your fan page and click on the Goodreads tab. Choose the type of page tab that you'd like to add and hit "Save."

  • Yes, you can manually force your Goodreads activity to appear in its own box. Here's how:

    1. There should be a gray "Activity Log" button on the top of your Timeline. Click on that.

    2. Find your Goodreads update in the list. If you have a lot of activity, you can sort by Goodreads on the top right of the page.

    3. Click on the circle to the far right of your Goodreads update (see screenshot).

    4. Select "Shown on Timeline" from the drop-down menu.

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Giveaways


  • On November 29, 2017, we announced to authors and publishers who have recently listed giveaways that our new Giveaways program will launch on January 9, 2018, replacing our former Giveaways program.  Our new program will initially only be available for giveaways for entrants who are U.S. residents.

    Starting from January 9, 2018, all authors and publishers can run giveaways for up to 100 copies of print books for entrants who are U.S. residents.  Kindle Direct Publishing authors and publishers with ebooks available in the U.S. can run giveaways for up to 100 copies of Kindle ebooks for entrants who are U.S. residents.

    We’re offering special introductory pricing between January 9, 2018 and January 31, 2018.  Our Standard package will be $59 (a savings of 50%) and our Premium package will be $299 (a savings of 50%).  You can read about each package here.


  • Goodreads Giveaways are a powerful way for authors and publishers to promote their books, and will replace our former Giveaways program, beginning on January 9, 2018.  You can choose between two new packages – Standard and Premium – to promote your book to readers, building more buzz, driving book discovery, and generating early reviews. You can choose to give away either print books or Kindle ebooks with each package. All authors and publishers can give away print books to U.S. residents.  Kindle Direct Publishing authors and publishers with ebooks available in the Amazon U.S. marketplace can give away Kindle ebooks to U.S. residents.
     
    Giveaways for Kindle ebooks are fulfilled directly by Goodreads, while sponsors (the author or publisher who created the giveaway) are responsible for mailing print books to winners.  Goodreads promotes your giveaway, helping drive entries, and then randomly selects winners once the giveaway ends.

    Details of the two packages are as follows:

    1. Standard Giveaway (Print or Kindle ebook format) $119 per giveaway. Introductory price: $59 (save 50%) from 01/09/18 to 01/31/18.


    • (NEW) Everyone who enters your giveaway automatically adds the book to their Want-to-Read list, promoting your book via updates in their friends’ updates feeds, and building an audience for your title.
    • (NEW) The author’s followers and anyone who has already added the book to their Want-to-Read list get a notification, letting them know there’s a giveaway starting. This helps generate even more entries, creating more stories in the Goodreads updates feed.
    • About eight weeks after your giveaway ends, winners receive an email from Goodreads to remind them to rate and review your book. This will help other readers discover and decide to read the book too.
    • Giveaways are featured in the Giveaways section of Goodreads.com, allowing readers to discover new books.

    2. Premium Giveaway (Print or Kindle) $599 per giveaway. Introductory price: $299 (save 50%) from 01/09/18 to 01/31/18. Premium Giveaways are designed to give you more opportunity to connect with readers. A Premium Giveaway includes:

    • (NEW) Premium placement on Goodreads’ Giveaways page with tens of millions of visitors each month, giving your giveaway significantly more visibility and entrants.

    The Premium package also includes all the benefits of the Standard package:

    • (NEW) Everyone who enters your giveaway automatically adds the book to their Want-to-Read list, promoting your book via updates in their friends’ updates feeds, and building an audience for your title.
    • (NEW) The author’s followers and anyone who has already added the book to their Want-to-Read list get a notification, letting them know there’s a giveaway starting. This helps generate even more entries, creating stories in the Goodreads updates feeds.
    • About eight weeks after your giveaway ends, winners receive an email from Goodreads to remind them to rate and review your book.  This will help other readers discover and decide to read the book too.
    • Giveaways are shown in the Giveaways section of Goodreads.com, allowing readers to discover new books.


  • All authors and publishers can run giveaways for up to 100 copies of print books for entrants who are U.S. residents.

    Kindle Direct Publishing authors and publishers with ebooks available in the U.S. can run giveaways for up to 100 copies of Kindle ebooks for entrants who are U.S. residents.

    As of January 9, 2018, only U.S. residents can enter giveaways created on or after this date. Giveaways created before January 9, 2018 that are open to non-U.S. residents will continue to run on Goodreads, with non-U.S. residents still eligible to enter for a chance to win in giveaways open to their country of residence.


  • All authors and publishers can list print and Kindle ebook giveaways for U.S. residents. Kindle ebook giveaways can only be created by Kindle Direct Publishing authors and publishers with ebooks available in the Amazon U.S. marketplace.


  • Your Kindle ebook must be available in the Amazon U.S. marketplace to run a giveaway on Goodreads.


  • What’s the difference between the Standard package and the Premium package?

    Our two packages are as follows:

    1. Standard Giveaway (Print or Kindle ebook format) $119 per giveaway. Introductory price: $59 (save 50%) from 01/09/18 to 01/31/18.


    • (NEW) Everyone who enters your giveaway automatically adds the book to their Want-to-Read list, promoting your book via updates in their friends’ updates feeds, and building an audience for your title.
    • (NEW) The author’s followers and anyone who has already added the book to their Want-to-Read list get a notification, letting them know there’s a giveaway starting. This helps generate even more entries, creating more stories in the Goodreads updates feed.
    • About eight weeks after your Giveaway ends, winners receive an email from Goodreads to remind them to rate and review your book. This will help other readers discover and decide to read the book too.
    • Giveaways are featured in the Giveaways section of Goodreads.com, allowing readers to discover new books.

    2. Premium Giveaway (Print or Kindle) $599 per giveaway. Introductory price: $299 (save 50%) from 01/09/18 to 01/31/18. Premium Giveaways include all the benefits of the Standard package, but are designed to give you more opportunity to connect with readers than ever. A Premium Giveaway also includes:

    • (NEW) Premium placement on Goodreads’ Giveaways page with tens of millions of visitors each month, giving your giveaway significantly more visibility and more entrants.

  • We’re offering introductory pricing from January 9, 2018 to January 31, 2018. A Standard package giveaway will be $59 (50% savings on the regular price of $119) and the Premium package will be $299 (50% savings on the regular price of $599).

  • With our new program, we have priced the package options to reflect the marketing value we are offering.


  • Giveaways created before January 9, 2018 will continue to run as scheduled. Non-U.S. residents who have entered your giveaway will still be eligible for a chance to win.


  • Before listing a giveaway, you will need to connect your Amazon and Goodreads accounts here.

    Here’s how to list a giveaway:


    1. Click on "List a Giveaway" from the giveaway page or your Author Dashboard.

    2. Select "List a Print Book" or "List a Kindle Ebook." If you want to create a Kindle ebook giveaway, select either "Publisher" or "Author using Kindle Direct Publishing​."

    3. Select your giveaway package: Standard or Premium.

    4. Find your book by searching for the ISBN or ASIN, then fill in your giveaway details.

    5. Click on "Pay with Amazon." You’ll be prompted to sign in to your Amazon account and choose a payment method.

    6. Confirm that your giveaway and payment details are correct, agree to the Goodreads Service Agreement, and click "Place order."

  • 1. Click on "List a Giveaway" from the giveaway page.

    2. Select "List a Print Book" or "List a Kindle Ebook."

    3. Select your giveaway package: Standard or Premium.

    4. Find your book by searching for the ISBN or ASIN, then fill in your giveaway details.

    5. Confirm that your giveaway details are correct, agree to the Goodreads Service Agreement, and click "Place order."

    Note: If you’d like to connect with our Ads team to learn more about direct invoicing, please contact goodreads-ads at amazon dot com.

    Note: Publishers set up for invoicing do not need to connect their Amazon and Goodreads accounts to list giveaways.


  • If our system isn’t able to locate your book’s ASIN or ISBN, it’s likely that your book isn’t yet in the Goodreads database. In this case, you can manually add it here. Be sure to fill out as many details as possible, then click "Create book" at the bottom of the page.
    If your print book is on Goodreads and you're still receiving this message, make sure you're entering either the 10-digit or the 13-digit ISBN number without hyphens. It needs to exactly match the ISBN number as listed in the book record.
    If your Kindle ebook is listed on Goodreads and our system can’t find your book, it’s possible that there was an error when uploading it from Amazon, so it might need to be uploaded again. If you need help, please contact us.


  • No. You’ll need an Amazon account to list a giveaway on Goodreads, since this is how you’ll pay for your giveaway. If you don’t have an Amazon account, you can easily create an account and link it to your Goodreads account. You’ll then be able to list a giveaway.


  • To easily connect your Amazon and Goodreads accounts, go here.


  • You should receive two emails for each giveaway transaction - one from Goodreads when you create and pay for your giveaway, and another one from Amazon Payments right after you pay. You can also view your billing history on Amazon Payments by following these steps:

    1. Sign in to Amazon Payments.

    2. Select "Your Account," then "Overview."

    3. Select what you’d like to view next to "Show Activity," and select the desired time frame.
    4. Click "View."

  • We don’t offer bundle pricing for multiple giveaways.


  • If your giveaway hasn’t started, you can cancel your giveaway by clicking "cancel/refund" on your giveaway details page. We’ll process your refund within two business days and send you an email confirmation once it’s complete.

    We do not offer refunds on giveaways that are already active on the site. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

  • We have no plans to add ebook giveaways in other formats at this time. We want ebook giveaways to be as easy and simple for the reader as our print giveaways are – you win the book, you get the book. Thanks to our close integration with Kindle, giveaway winners have the option to read ebooks on a wide variety of devices, including the free Kindle app on iPhones, iPads or Android phones and tablets. You can also read them on Kindle e-readers and Fire tablets.

  • If the giveaway is still running, you can relink your Amazon account to remain in the pool of entrants. Click here to easily connect your Goodreads and Amazon accounts.

  • Our ebook giveaways are available in Kindle format only. As Amazon distributes Kindle ebooks, you need an Amazon account to access the ebooks you win.


  • This can happen if you share an Amazon account with someone and their Kindle is set as the primary device on the account. Don’t worry – as your book is stored in your Cloud, you can still download it to your Kindle:
    1. On your Kindle, tap on “My Library.”
    2. Select “All.”
    3. Tap on the book cover to download your ebook.

  • The Kindle Cloud Reader can be accessed on any browser. Sign in with your Amazon account credentials and click on the book cover image to start reading.


  • First, you’ll need to download the free Kindle iOS app to your device. Then follow these steps:
    1. Tap on the app icon and select “Start Reading.”
    2. Sign in to Amazon.
    3. Tap on the book cover to start reading.
    If the app is not your primary device, you’ll need to download the book first on the Kindle iOS app:
    1. Tap on “Cloud” at the bottom of the screen.
    2. Tap on the book cover to download.


  • First, you’ll need to download the free Kindle Android app to your device. Then follow these steps:
    1. Tap on the app icon and select “Start Reading.”
    2. Sign in to Amazon.
    3. Tap on the book cover to start reading.
    If the app is not your primary device, you’ll need to download the book first on the Kindle Android app:
    1. Tap on the menu icon.
    2. Select “On Device.”
    3. Tap on the book cover to download.

  • Your ebook will be sent directly to your Amazon account. If your Kindle is set as your primary device, you’ll find your book in “My Library.” Just tap on the cover image to start reading. If your Kindle is not your primary device, tap on “My Library” from your Kindle, select “All,” and then tap on the book cover to download your book from the Cloud.

  • If you’re selected as a winner at the end of the giveaway, your Kindle ebook will be delivered to your Amazon account and you’ll be notified by email. You can get started reading your ebook right away!

  • Not a problem! You can read Kindle ebooks you win using the free Kindle iOS app, the free Kindle Android app, or or in a web browser using the free Kindle Cloud Reader

  • It's important that you review and verify the accuracy of the information before you submit your giveaway for initial approval.

    If your giveaway has been approved and has not yet started, you can edit it by clicking on "edit" from your giveaway page. It will be sent to our queue for reapproval by staff members. We approve giveaways within two to three days, and you'll receive a confirmation email once your giveaway has been reapproved.

    You can still edit your print book giveaway after its start date, but it will not be visible on Goodreads while it is being reviewed for reapproval. You won't lose any entries you received before you edited your giveaway.

    Once a Kindle ebook giveaway is active on Goodreads, it can no longer be edited. If you need assistance, please contact us.

  • While most books in the Giveaways program are new releases or haven't yet been released, authors and publishers have also found success in promoting books that were published in previous years. This can help keep the momentum going or reignite interest.

  • Yes, you can list a giveaway for a certain title as many times as you like, as long as the giveaway dates don't overlap. One must end before the next starts.

  • Your giveaway will be placed on the "Featured" tab on the Giveaways page. This tab is the default view for visitors as of January 9, 2018. Placement on the Featured tab is randomized, which means it will shift in position throughout the course of the giveaway. We display 30 giveaways at a time on this tab. Your giveaway will also be displayed on the other Giveaways tabs (Ending Soon, Most Requested, and Recently Listed), depending on reader interest and your giveaway start and end dates.

  • The number of entries you receive depends on how many members are interested in winning a copy of your book. The average number of entries varies widely depending on factors such as the genre of the book and the popularity of the author.

  • By purchasing our Premium package, your giveaway gets exclusive placement on the giveaway home page, increasing its visibility and number of entries. You can read more about our different options for giveaways here


  • Goodreads is not involved in book shipment to winners, 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 “I have not received my copy” button. This will generate an email to the host letting them know you haven't received your copy.

    That’s it! If you don’t hear back within a week or so, please contact us and we’ll follow up.

  • It’s important to authors and publishers that books they offer in giveaways go to people genuinely interested in reading their books. Adding the book to your Want-to-Read list is now automatic in the giveaway entry process so that you’re more likely to remember the book when looking for your next great read.

  • In the coming months, we’ll be moving to our new giveaways program which is currently open to U.S. residents only.

    If you are a resident outside the U.S., you’ll be able to enter giveaways currently running in your country and will still get any books you win; however, we won’t be creating new giveaways in your country, which means, over time, you’ll see fewer giveaways running in your country.

    What’s next? We’re working hard on expanding our new giveaways program internationally , which we’ll roll out on a country-by-country basis. We’ll share more details when we have them.

  • No. Giveaways are free to enter.

  • No. Giveaway winners will continue to be selected randomly. Your odds of winning a giveaway depend on the number of copies being given away and the number of entrants.


  • Entering giveaways is easy. Just follow these steps:
    For print giveaways:
    1. Navigate to the Giveaways page.
    2. Filter by “Print Giveaways.”
    3. Click on “Enter Giveaway” next to the giveaway you want to enter.
    4. Enter your mailing address, or click “Select This Address” to use an existing address.
    5. Agree to the giveaway entry terms and conditions and click on “Enter Giveaway”.
    For Kindle Giveaways:
    1. Navigate to the Giveaways page.
    2. Filter by “Kindle Giveaways.”
    3. Click on “Enter Giveaway” next to the giveaway you want to enter. If your Amazon account is already linked to your Goodreads account, agree to the terms and conditions and click on “Enter Giveaway.”
    4. If your Amazon account is not linked to your Goodreads account, follow the prompts to link your accounts. Once you’ve done so, you’ll need to agree to the terms and conditions and click “Enter Giveaway.”

  • Kindle Unlimited provides a 30-day free trial that will allow you to download and read books for free. Members from the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, India, China, Japan, Brazil, Mexico, and Canada are eligible to try this out.

  • Giveaways created before January 9, 2018 will run as scheduled, and winners will be randomly selected from pool of entrants.

  • Non-U.S. residents can continue to enter giveaways that were created before January 9, 2018 and are available for entrants in their country of residence. Beginning on January 9, 2018, our new Giveaways program replaces our former Giveaways program and is initially for U.S. residents. You can continue to enter giveaways created before January 9, 2018 that are available in your country of residence.


  • With our new program, we have priced the package options to reflect the marketing value we are offering.

  • Starting January 9, 2018, our new Giveaways program replaces our former Giveaways program and initially is for U.S. residents. Our goal is to make this available for more members but we don’t have specific timing to share.

  • To display a cover image on your giveaway page, you'll need to upload a cover to the specific book record listed in the giveaway. To do this, go to your book page and click on “edit details,” then upload the book cover on the right hand side where you'll see the image missing. Once your cover is uploaded to the record, it will appear on your giveaway page. Please be aware that we don’t allow cover images to be removed from book records. If your cover is not finalized yet, you might consider creating a cover that makes it clear that it is not the final version yet. Please read our guidelines about removing covers.


  • While many giveaways are for newly released titles, you can also sponsor giveaways for previously published books. In addition, you must meet the following requirements:

    1. You have the proper permission. All authors, publishers, and official representatives can sponsor print book giveaways. Kindle Direct Publishing authors and publishers with ebooks available in the Amazon U.S. marketplace can sponsor giveaways for Kindle ebooks.

    2. You don't have a giveaway for the same title right now. You can run giveaways for a book as many times as you like, as long as the dates don’t overlap.

    3. The book has a page on Goodreads with the ISBN or ASIN included in the book details. If you try to list a giveaway with an ISBN or ASIN that isn't already on Goodreads, you'll receive an error message. If your book isn't listed on Goodreads, you can add it here - just be sure to include the ISBN or ASIN. If your book is already on Goodreads but doesn't have an ISBN or ASIN, please contact the Librarians Group for help.



  • 1. Click on “edit details” on the book page of the older edition.

    2. Click on “Add a Librarian Note” at the top of the book edit page. Add a comment explaining that you’re moving the ISBN/ASIN to the latest edition (preferably with a link to the other edition, though this isn’t required).

    3. Take note of the ISBN/ASIN, then remove the ISBN/ASIN from that field.

    4. Click on “Save Changes” to update the ISBN/ASIN field.

    5. Click on “edit details” on the book page of the new edition, add the ISBN/ASIN, and click on “Save Changes.”


  • Entrants are required to add your book to their Want-to-Read list when they enter the giveaway. Please note, though, that our developers have recently been fine-tuning the way reviews, ratings, and to-read shelf additions are displayed to simplify the Community Reviews section of the book page and improve site performance. Unless you have fewer than 30 ratings and reviews, you won't see "to-reads" listed individually under the Community Reviews header – just ratings and reviews.

    You can check how many users have added a book to their Want-to-Read list by clicking on "Rating Details" near the top of the book page. The total number is at the lower left corner of the pop-up.


  • No. Kindle Direct Publishing authors and publishers with ebooks available in the U.S. can run giveaways for up to 100 copies of Kindle ebooks. Whether you choose to give away 1 ebook or 100, it will always cost $119. We automatically deliver the ebooks to winners at no additional cost, meaning you are not responsible for paying for each copy of the ebook. And the more books you give away, the more reviews you're likely to receive, which will help create buzz around your book!


  • Yes, if a member chooses to review your book on Amazon, it will display as a "Verified Purchase."

  • To verify your email address, click on your profile picture and select Account Settings. Then navigate to your Settings tab. If your email address isn't verified, you'll see a red message next to it - click "re-send verification email" and follow the instructions in the email you receive.

  • No, you won't lose any of your entrants. However, your giveaway will be re-submitted for approval by Goodreads staff so we can ensure that your giveaway still adheres to our guidelines. It generally takes 2 business days for a giveaway to be re-approved and your giveaway will not appear on the Giveaways page during this time, so we recommend that you ensure all the details are correct when you create your giveaway.

  • To change the address you have listed for a giveaway, simply go to the giveaway page and click "edit entry info." There you will have the option of selecting an address you've previously used or entering a new address.

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Ebooks

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The Preview button will appear on all books that have an associated Kindle edition. Some hardcover or paperback books may be associated with a Kindle book in our database, which means that we're reasonably confident the text of the book is the same. In those cases, we show the "Open Preview" button on the physical edition of the book for your convenience.

    However, there are still cases where only the Kindle edition of a particular book will have the "Open Preview" button available on the book page. If you're really interested in previewing a particular book, we would suggest always checking the Kindle edition's page before concluding that there isn't a sample for that book available. Here's how.



  • We’re no longer supporting the purchase of EPUB/PDF files of books on Goodreads. Members can download their previously purchased EPUB/PDF files by visiting the Purchases tab in their Account Settings. You can continue to acquire books from retailers and libraries via the links on book pages on Goodreads.



  • You can access EPUB/PDF files of books you’ve purchased by visiting the Purchases tab in your Account Settings. Just click on “download” next to the file you’d like to download.



  • We’re no longer supporting the addition of new EPUB/PDF files of books to Goodreads, or the sale of EPUB/PDF files on Goodreads. Our product teams review which features our members interact with the most so we can ensure we’re dedicating resources to the right areas. Although we have no immediate plans to remove EPUB/PDF files entirely, we recommend exploring other features to promote your books on the site. Some options include giveaways, Ask the Author, and connecting your blog.

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Privacy

  • Although Goodreads offers a private profile option, all book reviews are public and viewable on the book page. This means reviews are also indexed by search engines, but you can change your profile details to ensure that your reviews don’t appear from a search of your name on search engines.

    To do so on the desktop site, navigate to the Profile tab of your Account Settings and edit your name details or make your last name visible to “Friends.” Then click on “Save Profile Settings” at the bottom of the page.

    You can also do this on the mobile site by clicking on Settings from the hamburger menu, then selecting “Edit” to the right of "Last Name." You can then select “Friends” to restrict your last name to friends only, or simply leave your last name blank, as this is not a required field.

  • Here’s how to make your location private:

    1. Click on your profile picture and select Account Settings from the dropdown menu.

    2. Navigate to the Profile tab.

    3. Next to “location viewable by,” click on either “friends only” or “no one” depending on your preferences.

    4. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “Save account settings.”

    You can also make your location private on the mobile site by navigating to your Settings from the hamburger menu and selecting “Privacy.” Click on Edit across from “Profile” and select “Friends Only” from the options. Select “Done” to save your edit.

  • Reviews can be displayed on our partner sites only if you have that option turned on in your privacy settings. You can easily opt out of this. Here's how:

    1. Click on your profile picture and select Account Settings.

    2. Navigate to the Settings tab.

    3. Uncheck the box next to “allow partners of Goodreads to display my reviews.”

    4. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “Save account settings.”

    To opt out on the mobile site, navigate to your Settings from the hamburger menu, select “Privacy” and click on “My Reviews.” On the resulting screen, turn the option off by moving the slider from green to gray.

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Author Program

  • 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.

  • 1. If you are already a Goodreads member, make sure you are signed into the desktop site. 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.

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

  • The Author Program is designed for people with published books, or who are in the process of publishing a book. It's best if your work is on a bookseller's website, such as Amazon.com or BN.com, but we will accept any author who has published a book. This includes authors from other countries as well as authors who are self-published (such as through Barnes & Noble pubit! or services like Lulu).

    If your book is not yet in the Goodreads database, you may manually add it here. If you need assistance adding your book, please ask in the Goodreads Librarians group, where our army of volunteer librarians will be happy to help.

    If you need help joining the Author Program, visit our help topic.

  • If you have a Goodreads Author profile, you have to set your birthday to blank on both your author profile settings and your member Account Settings.

    You can edit your author profile information by clicking on "edit data" underneath the bio on your author page. Clear your birthday and click on “save” at the bottom of the page.

    To edit your user settings on the desktop site, click on your profile picture and select Account Settings. Navigate to your Profile tab and set your birthdate to blank, then click on “Save profile settings” at the bottom of the page. On mobile, navigate to your Settings from the hamburger menu and select “Profile.” Scroll down to “Birthday” to clear your dates, then tap “Save” to update your changes.

    For more advice and tips for authors, read our Authors & Advertisers Blog.

  • Unfortunately, we are not currently set up to accommodate multiple pen names - each user profile can only be attached to one author profile at a time.

    However, we can add one common name of your choosing to each book published under each of your other pen names. This would automatically bring together all of your titles on your profile page. If author aliases are enabled in the future, we can then change these titles to the more accurate information. If you'd like to do this, please contact Support with the request.

    Alternatively, you can create a separate user profile for your pen name (by signing up for a new account using a different email address) and we can simply keep the two profiles separate until we can merge them properly. To sign up for a new account, log out of your current account and click "register" on the top right of the header.

  • Ask the Author is open to all members of the Goodreads Author program. If you are already a Goodreads Author, visit your author dashboard to turn on the feature. You can turn on the feature for a limited time (a few days that you can promote as an event) or you can leave it on for longer. We recommend that you only keep it on if you are open and available for answering questions. Otherwise, you should turn the feature off when you are going to be focused on other activities. (See here how to do this.)

  • Ask the Author, part of Goodreads Q&A, is a fun, easy way to interact with your readers that allows you to answer questions from Goodreads members right from your author dashboard. The questions you choose to answer will appear in the newsfeeds of all of your followers and the reader who asked the question will be notified on Goodreads and by email. Some of your most recent answers will live on your profile page, and readers can also view a page of all the questions you’ve answered in the past. It’s a great way to create an ongoing, living archive of interesting interactions with your fans that everyone can enjoy.

    Here are some of the authors taking questions on Goodreads right now!

  • You can opt out of answering questions by going to your author dashboard and changing the toggle in the Ask the Author section from “On” to “Off.” This will immediately stop the flow of new questions. Any questions already on your author dashboard will remain for you to answer, should you choose to do so. If you choose to accept new questions at a future date, simply go to your author dashboard and enable the feature again.

  • Go to your Author Dashboard and change the toggle in the Ask the Author section from “Off” to “On.” This will activate the Ask the Author section on your author profile, allowing readers to ask you questions. It’s a good idea to add a personal message letting fans know when or for how long you will be available.

  • You can add a video to an author profile as long as it's hosted on YouTube.com or Livestream.com.

    To upload a video, follow these steps:

    1. Navigate to the page of the video you'd like to add.

    2. Copy the video URL from your browser.

    3. On Goodreads, navigate to the author profile that relates to your video.

    4. On the left side, you'll see a "Videos" section. Click "add new" on the right side of that header.

    5. Paste the code into the "video URL" box.

    6. Enter any extra information (title, description, etc) and save.

  • As a Goodreads author, you can combine different editions of your work directly. This ensures all the ratings and reviews show up across all editions.

    Just make sure you're combining editions of the same work, and not all your books! For example, combine the paperback and eBook edition, but don't combine Book 1, Book 2, and Book 3 in a series into one work.

    If you make a mistake, you'll need to contact a Goodreads librarian to help you out.

  • When a reader submits a question, you will receive an email notification. To answer, go to your Author Dashboard, find the question, and click “Answer.” A text box will open in which you can write your answer. When you’re satisfied with your answer, click “Answer.”

    Each answer posts to your fans’ and followers’ newsfeeds for them to see, like, and comment on.

  • 1) Navigate to the book's page. Be sure you have selected the edition you wish to become the default (primary) edition.

    2) Click "edit details" below the book's description.

    3) On the right side of the page, click "Set this book as the primary edition for this work". It's about midway down the page.

    Only Goodreads Authors can set the default edition at this time.

  • My book has already been added to Goodreads, but it's not showing on my author profile. How do I claim it as the author?
    For a book to show up on your author profile, the name on the book must match your profile exactly. So a book listed with author John C. Smith won't show up on John Smith's profile.

    If you are one of several authors with the same name, you may have one or more extra space(s) between your first and last name. They are only visible on edit pages, but any books imported to the database will need to be edited to add the additional space(s).

    Post in the Goodreads Librarians group and a librarian will edit your book to match your profile.

  • Every member of Goodreads has a user profile that allows him or her to review books, add friends, and post information about themselves, including listing their favorite books and authors and their interests. Users can also upload photos, organize their books into custom shelves, and post quotes they like. When an author signs up for Goodreads, he or she begins with this basic user profile.

    Any author with a book listed in the Goodreads catalog has an author profile that lists all of the author's published work, whether he or she is a member of Goodreads or not. When an author joins the Author Program, we merge his or her user profile with their author profile. Becoming a Goodreads Author carries special privileges, such as the ability to edit profile information, add book cover images, post events, write a blog, upload videos, and use Ask the Author.

    Once you've signed up for the Author Program, nothing changes about your login process — you'll still use the same username and password — but now your user profile will point to your author profile.

    To view your Author Profile, click on your profile picture in the upper right-hand corner of your homepage. To edit that profile, you have two choices:

    Click on the edit profile link, which appears under the dropdown menu next to your profile pic in the header.

    OR

    Simply click on your name under any of your books. This will take you to your profile. To edit it from there, click the "edit data" link that appears just above your "about this author" section on your profile.

  • It is Goodreads' belief that honest reviews (positive or negative) are crucial for the site. Low star ratings or reviews such as "I didn't like the stories/characters/ etc." are fine; but reviews that say "Don't read this book because he/she is a jerk" or something similar may receive a lower priority in our internal ranking system—and may not appear on the community-wide book page. If you find questionable content on Goodreads, please flag the item or send us a link to it, and we will look into it. To flag a review from the book page where all the reviews are shown, click on “see review” at the bottom of the review in question. On the review page, you will see a Flag button at the end of the review next to the Like button.

    Please flag reviews rather than responding directly to them. Should you respond to a negative review in a manner that is harassing, intimidating, or otherwise insulting to the reviewer, your account may come under review for deletion.

  • When you join the Goodreads Author Program, your user profile is merged into your author profile. You won't lose any of your user activity (like your friends or your reviews), but it will then be attached to your author profile on the left hand side.

    Now to edit your profile, you'll have to click "edit data" on the author profile page itself, rather than clicking "edit profile" in the top-right menu of Goodreads.

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Recommendations

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Advertisers

  • 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.

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

  • 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 funds are only deducted 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.

  • Goodreads ads can be targeted to a set list of genres or authors. Ads will only be shown to members who have rated a book 3 or more stars for those genres/authors. Gender and country targeting are also available.

  • A successful self-serve advertising campaign typically runs for three months, or until funds invested by the advertiser 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. The title and the description catch the eye and make member want to click on the ad to learn more about the book, so it’s really important to make sure those two aspects of the ad are carefully considered.

  • Our team reviews and approves each ad individually every day of the week.

  • 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.

    However, each ad gets a fresh chance each day, as its performance the day before had no effect on its placement the next day. Most of the time, when an ad experiences a low in impressions, the ad will rebound the next day.

  • Once your ad has been linked to your author profile, engagement stats will be enabled. The information will be sent to you via daily email reports if that option is enabled on the campaign.

  • Every time you change the copy or creative for your ad, the Goodreads staff reviews it again to ensure that it still complies with our Terms and Conditions. Ads are reviewed and approved during regular business hours Pacific Time, every day of the week.

  • You can edit the details of your ad budget or your ad creative at any time. Please note that when you make edits to your ad creative, those changes will need to be reviewed and approved by the Goodreads team. The team reviews ads to ensure they comply with our Terms and Conditions during regular business hours Pacific Time every day of the week.

  • Here are some suggestions to use if your ad has been running for awhile, but has not received any clicks.

    Target as many readers as possible. You don’t want to show your ad to everyone, but you need a large enough audience to generate interest.

    Use gender and age targeting sparingly. Ads with gender and age targeting will not be shown to members who don't share their gender and age with us. We suggest that you only use age targeting only to make your ad “adults-only.”

    Create multiple ads within the same campaign. This allows you to test different ads to different audiences to see which resonates best.

    Create a specific call to action. Tell viewers of your ad exactly what you want them to do next, whether it’s “Add to your shelf!” or “Read an excerpt!” Please note that “Buy my book!” does not work very well as a call to action.

    Direct members to your Goodreads book page. Goodreads members are more likely to click on an ad when it redirects them to a familiar page within the site.

    Enable engagement stats. Engagements stats share the number of reviews, an excerpt, or a link to a giveaway if there is one running concurrently. These stats are only available if you direct members to your Goodreads book page.

    Review your ad performance weekly. At the end of each week, take a look at how your ads performed taking into account the click-through-rate ("CTR", which is the average number of clicks per ad viewing). The average CTR on Goodreads is 0.05%.

    Edit often. If ads aren’t performing as expected, change them! This also prevents what’s known as “ad fatigue” for viewers who may see your ad multiple times.

    Pause an ad when it’s not working. Pausing an ad will disable it from running and potentially using funding. Unfortunately we cannot delete ads or campaigns.

    Set campaigns to end automatically. When funds run out, we will alert you that it’s time to review your overall campaign and possibly run another one.

    If you have any questions, please contact us.

  • Clicks update every 15 minutes.

  • Please email us at support@goodreads.com so that we can look into this, and please be sure to let us know the date you last received the daily report email.

    While we research this, you can still see a breakdown of your stats. Here’s how:

    • Scroll down to the bottom of your campaign page.
    • Click on the “graph with each ad” link.
    • On the resulting page, select the specific month from drop-down menu.
    • Select the stats you would like to see (views, clicks, etc.) in the “show” section.
    • Next, scroll down to the bottom, and click on the small “Click here for breakdown” link.

  • Absolutely! If your ad campaign ends without a single click, we’re happy to refund the remaining funds at any time. Simply email support@goodreads.com with the details and one of our Experts will gladly assist you.

  • Adding targeting to only allow certain demographics to see your ad can really benefit ads. Here are a few examples of ad targeting that could potentially help you have a successful ad campaign:

    • Create one ad targeting only 4-5 genres.
    • Create one ad targeting only fans of authors with average 25,000 ratings or more.
    • Create one ad targeting only fans of one specific author.
    • Create one ad targeting only women or one targeting only men.
    • Create an ad in tandem with a giveaway. Please make sure the giveaway is live before doing this.
    • Create multiple ads within the same campaign. The platform allows you to create unlimited number of ads within a campaign. Your funds are only deducted when someone clicks on an ad, and by having a few different ads running at the same time, you’ll find out which ones are the most popular.
    • Create an ad that includes engagement stats. These are stats that indicate how many readers have added your book to their shelves.
    • Create multiple ads within the same campaign.

  • You can create as many ads within the same campaign as you like without it affecting your overall funding. You’re only charged when someone clicks on your ad.

  • 1. Go to your ad’s dashboard and open the campaign’s page.
    2. Under the “Ads in This Campaign” section, find the book in question.
    3. On the bottom left side of the book section, click on “Pause ad”.
    4. Once paused, the “Hide ad” option will appear under “Paused ad”.

  • 1. Go to your ad’s dashboard and open the campaign’s page.
    2. Under the “Ads in This Campaign” section, find the book in question.
    3. On the bottom left side of the “Ads in This Campaign” section of the ad, click on “Pause ad”.

  • “Books added" means that a user adds the book to any of their shelves (not just their "to-read" shelf). This could include the custom shelves that many of our users create, whereas "to-read" only takes into account users who specifically added a book to their "to-read" shelf. We include both of these numbers to give you a broader idea of how your book is being shelved by users during the campaign.

  • Please follow these steps to create a new campaign:

    1. Visit your Advertising Dashboard
    2. Click on 'create a new ad' on the right-hand side of the screen.

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    3. On the resulting page, click on the dropdown to the right of the "Campaign" field and choose 'start a new one':



    4. Enter the new campaign details, and scroll down to 'save':



    Follow the prompts to complete all of the required details.

  • We recommend a default rate of $0.50 per click, and the minimum bid per click is $0.10. While higher bid amounts are given priority, the initial click-through rate is still more important in determining which ads are shown the most frequently. The click-through rate is the number of clicks that your ad receives divided by the number of times your ad is shown on the website, expressed as a percentage.

  • Cost Per Click (CPC) indicates the price you pay for each click in your pay-per-click (PPC) marketing campaigns. This is the amount you’re charged each time a user clicks on your ad. The cost per click that you set will always be less than, or equal to, your maximum bid (maximum amount invested in the campaign).

    A "click" on one of your Campaigns represents a visit to its page. Every click indicates that a person is engaging with your ad. This engagement is what you're paying for in the campaign.

  • It might help to try a different browser, such as Chrome, Firefox, or Safari. Sometimes the browser isn’t compatible with the page format, and using a different one generally does the trick. We’d also suggest disabling pop-up blocking and ad-blocking plugins, as they might be the reason why your as doesn’t load. If the problem persists you could try clearing your cache and cookies and refreshing your browser. If that doesn't work, email us at support@goodreads.com and we'll look into what else might be going on!

  • Your ad may get rejected for the following reasons:

    1. The title or description is incomplete or cuts off mid-sentence
    2. The ad is missing an image or if the image
    3. The display URL is different from the destination URL

    You can make edits directly to your ad and resubmit the ad for approval.

    Make sure your ads fall within our advertising guidelines.

  • Contact us to learn more about our premium advertising packages, which start at $5,000.

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Advertising

  • If you're not using the book's cover image, or advertising a book, we recommend adding a small image (50px x 66px) to accompany your ad and visually explain your book or product. If you have any questions about this, please contact us at support@goodreads.com

  • Sponsored posts are paid advertisements. Advertising helps us to maintain Goodreads and continue to improve the site. Authors and publishers want to promote their books on our site because they know that the most discerning and influential readers use Goodreads. We also display non-book ads.

    We have three guiding principles for sponsored posts:

    Transparent - We will always clearly identify the post as sponsored.
    Relevant – Sponsored posts will be relevant to you.
    Consistent - Sponsored posts should feel like a natural part of the Goodreads design and not detract from the overall experience.

    If you’d prefer to hide sponsored book posts, you can do so by clicking on the arrow in the right corner of the post and selecting “I’m not interested in this book.”  We’ll remember your preferences, and you won’t see that book promoted again.

    We don’t currently offer this option for non-book sponsored posts, however. If you don’t want to see a particular ad while browsing on Goodreads, you can clear your cache and a new ad will display, though it is possible you’ll see the same ad during a future session on Goodreads.

    If you have feedback on the sponsored posts you see, or any aspect of their presentation, please contact us.

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Android

  • 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:

  • You can see more information about a book you've scanned by tapping on the book cover that appears right after the scan registers. This will close the scanner and open a page containing reviews and other information about the book. Alternatively, you can scan all your books, tap on the “History” tab at the top of the page, and then tap on a book of your choice from the "Scanning History" list on that tab


  • We're working on adding features to the Android app so we can provide the best experience for our members. While we don't have dates to share for these updates, you can visit the desktop or mobile sites in the meantime to use features currently missing on the app.


  • To clear the list of scanned books in our Android app:

    1. Select "Scan Books" from the main menu.
    2. If it does not open to the list of scanned books, tap on the “History” tab at the top of the page
    3. To the right of "Scanning History" at the top of the page, tap on the overflow icon (three vertical dots)
    4. Tap on “Clear History”

  • 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.

  • Yes, you can now sign into the NOOK and Android Apps through Facebook! Just tap the Facebook connect icon on the sign-in page.

  • To edit your profile on the app, select "Settings." You'll then be redirected to the mobile site, where you can make your preferred changes to your account.

  • 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'.

  • We would like to add support for this, so stay tuned!!

    In the meantime, you’ll have to create a Goodreads login if you’d like to log in to your account on these apps. Here’s how:

    1) Sign into Goodreads as normal using your Twitter/Google login on the computer.

    2) Click on your profile picture and select Account Settings from the dropdown menu.

    3) Navigate to the Settings tab and enter your email address and password into the appropriate fields.

    4) Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “Save account settings.”


    You can also do this on the mobile site by navigating to your Settings from the hamburger menu. Click on “Account,” then click on “Email.” On the resulting screen, you can add, remove or change your email address. Then click on “Save” to update your changes.

    That’s it! You can now log in using your unique email address and password, whether on the desktop or mobile sites or one of the apps.

  • If you see an "Unable to install" message when trying to run the Goodreads app on the NOOK Color then you need to replace it with the new version from the Apps shop. Here are the steps:

    1. In the "apps" screen, press and hold the Goodreads app icon. A menu will appear.
    2. Choose "Archive". The old version of the app will now be archived.
    3. Go to the NOOK Color Apps shop by tapping on "Discover More NOOK Apps"
    4. Search for "Goodreads" using the search feature at the bottom of the screen. The only Goodreads app in the results is the new version (1.6.1 or higher).
    5. Choose and install this version.
    If you encounter any issues or would like more information, please visit this post in our Feedback Group.

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Goodreads On Kindle


  • 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.


  • 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 or have borrowed 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.”


  • 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.”

    You can do this on mobile by navigating to your Settings from the hamburger menu and selecting “Privacy.” Click on “Edit” across from “Profile” and select “Friends Only” from the options. Select “Done” to save your edit.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • The Kindle Notes & Highlights Member page allows you to view all of your notes and highlights in one central location. To access it, you can click on My Books, and then click on “Kindle Notes & Highlights” beneath “Your Reading Activity.” You can review the visibility of your notes and highlights from this page. Simply click on "View your notes and highlights” next to the book title. On the next page, make individual notes or highlights visible by toggling to green on the “Visible” button directly to its right.

    If you’ve made your notes and highlights visible to others, they can access your KNH Member page by navigating to the notes and highlights page of any book you’ve annotated, and clicking on “[Your name] notes and highlights” in the upper left corner. If your notes and highlights are set to private, other members will not have access to your KNH page.


  • Once you’ve connected your Goodreads and Amazon accounts, you should be able to see your Kindle notes and highlights by navigating to your review. If you can’t view them, it’s possible you’re reviewing a different edition on Goodreads than the edition you’ve added notes and highlights to on your Kindle. Here’s how to make sure your editions match:

    1. Navigate to the book page of the edition you’ve shelved on Goodreads.

    2. Click on "All Editions" underneath the book details.

    3.In the dropdown menu next to “Format,” sort by “Kindle Edition.” Click on "Switch to this edition" next to the edition with the correct ASIN.


  • On the Kindle for iOS and Kindle for Android app, you can now automatically mark a book as Currently Reading when you begin it and mark it as Read when you finish it. To use this feature, make sure you have the current version of the Kindle for iOS app or the Kindle for Android app and that your Amazon and Goodreads accounts are linked (you can also check this in the Apps tab of your Account Settings page). Then simply navigate to a new Kindle book and open it. A prompt will appear in the About This Book section asking you if you’d like to automatically mark the book as Currently Reading. The feature will maintain your preference – whether on or off – for subsequent books until you choose to change it. If you choose not to automatically mark your books as you begin reading, you can add them to any of the default exclusive shelves (Want to Read, Currently-Reading, and Read) or remove the book from your shelves entirely from within the app. To do this, open About this Book for any book from the menu icon at the top left of the reader and look for the Goodreads section.

    You’ll also see a similar prompt in the Before You Go window that appears as you turn the last page of a Kindle book in the app. This feature automatically marks the book as Read when you close the book. The controls operate much the same way as those in About this Book, but will default to ON for books that you’ve marked as Want to Read or Currently Reading. If you’ve previously marked your book as Want to Read or Currently Reading but don’t yet want to mark it as Read, toggle to OFF before closing the book.


  • For now, we’ve focused on switching between our three primary exclusive shelves (Want to Read, Currently Reading, and Read) based on your Kindle reading activity, though we hope to be able to support custom shelves in the future. In the meantime, if you’d like to add the book to one of your custom shelves, you can do so from the Goodreads app or desktop site.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 1) Navigate to the profile of the member you’d like to follow.

    2) On the top of the screen, tap the “Follow” button.*

    3) The button should switch to read “Following”.

    *If you don’t see a “Follow” option, the member has disabled following for their account. In that case, you can only send a friend request to receive updates on their activity.

  • 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.

  • From Kindle Fire:

    1) Navigate to the profile of the member to which you’d like to send the friend request.

    2) On the top of the screen, tap the “Friend” button.

    3) The button should switch to read “Friend Request Sent”.

  • 1) Find the “Want to Read” button next to the book you’d like to shelve.

    2) On the right side of the button, tap on the shelf icon (it looks like a few books learning against each other).

    3) When the shelf list drops down, tap on a shelf name to add the book to that shelf.

    4) The “Want to Read” portion of the button should now reflect the new shelving.

  • 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.

  • For Goodreads on Kindle-enabled Kindle Fires, you can search for a book by title or author with the magnifying glass icon in the top right corner of the app.

    Although search is not currently available in Goodreads on Kindle on Kindle Paperwhite devices, this is only the first version of the app and we hope to be able to add more features in future updates-- stay tuned!

  • Goodreads is available on all new Kindles, the Kindle Voyage and the second generation Kindle Paperwhite, in the United States, Canada and Australia.

    When you tap “Share,” you’ll be prompted to share your thoughts on Goodreads about the book that you’re reading. Once you’ve written your thoughts and tapped the “Share” button, the text will appear as an update on your profile page and updates feed. Your friends will be able to like it and comment on it.

    Here's how:

    1) Open the book from which you’d like to post.

    2) Tap in the middle of the screen to bring up the reading menu.

    3) Tap “Share” at the top.

    4) You’ll see a “Share on Goodreads” screen. Add the status update to the text box.

    5) Tap “Share” to post the status update.

  • Yes, you can! Your Kindle Notes & Highlights are set to private by default. Any notes or highlights you make in your Kindle ebook will remain hidden. If you'd like to make them 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," or select individual notes and highlights to make visible.


  • Next to each or your notes and highlights, you'll see a box to "Mark as spoiler." Simply make sure this box is checked. When other members view your notes and highlights, the following warning message will appear: “This note or highlight contains a spoiler. Show spoiler.”


  • The updates feed is the latest Goodreads feature built right into the Kindle app for iOS. While we have plans to enhance this feed in the future, for now the updates feed displays your friends’ activity on their default shelves - Read, Currently Reading, and Want to Read. Beneath their updates on these shelves, you’ll notice a carousel of other books they’ve added to these default shelves. If you want to discover even more books from your friends, just click on the “See More” link at the bottom right of the carousel and go for it! You can like or comment on your friends’ activity, and download ebook samples directly to your Kindle library.



  • In order to view the updates feed on the Kindle app for iOS, you must be a U.S. customer with an Amazon account, and your Goodreads account must be connected to your Amazon account. Here’s how to link your accounts:

    1. Click on the arrow next to your profile pic in the header and select Account Settings from the drop-down menu.

    2. Navigate to the Apps tab.

    3. Scroll down to the Amazon section and click on “Add Amazon Account.” You’ll then be prompted to enter your Amazon login credentials.

    You’ll also want to make sure you’ve downloaded the latest update for the Kindle app for iOS. Once you’ve done so, open the app and click on “goodreads” in the top navigation bar to see your Goodreads Updates.


  • If you have an eligible device (most newer Paperwhite, Voyage and Fire models) and in a supported Marketplace (US, UK & Ireland, Canada, or Australia) you should automatically see the"g" logo in the navigation bar on your e-ink Kindle or find the Goodreads on Kindle application in your apps.

    If not, you may need to de-register and re-register your kindle in order to get Goodreads. Don't worry, you won't lose any of your purchases or account information.

    To deregister a device:

    From your computer:

    1. Visit Manage Your Content and Devices

    2. Select your device and select Deregister at the bottom of the page (you may need to click on the Device Actions drop menu to find this option).

    3. To confirm, select Deregister again on the pop-up window.

    From your device:

    1. From Home, press the Menu button, and then select Settings.

    2. Select Deregister.


    To Re-Register:

    Make sure your device is connected to Wi-Fi or 3G and re-register the Kindle from the device's Settings menu by entering your Amazon email and password. This should enable Goodreads on Kindle for your device.

    If not, or if you're still having trouble, please contact us at support at goodreads dot com and let us know which device you are using.

  • Currently, Goodreads on Kindle only allows you to link your Goodreads account to a single Amazon account, and vice versa. If you try to sign in to Goodreads on a Kindle with a different Amazon registration, you'll see an error message that your Goodreads account is already linked to an Amazon account. If you see this message on your own Kindle, it's possible there's a problem with the link between your Accounts. In either case, the easiest way to fix this is to visit the Apps Tab and unlink your Amazon account, then try to sign in on your Kindle again. You should be prompted with a fresh sign-in page, and should no longer see the error message.

  • On Kindle Fire:

    At the moment, it’s only possible to write text reviews for books you already own on the device. Here's how to post a review for those books only to Goodreads (and not to Amazon):

    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) Below the review box, tap “Options”.

    6) Uncheck “Amazon” and tap “Save”.

    7) Enter your rating and/or review on the following page and tap “Submit” to post.

  • From Kindle Fire:

    1) On the top left of the app, you’ll see a menu icon (it looks like three stacked lines). Tap on that icon.

    2) When the menu slides out, tap the name of the shelf on which the book had been placed.

    3) Locate the book you’d like to remove in the list.

    4) You’ll see a shelf icon to the right of the book and the shelving notation (it looks like a few books learning against each other). Tap on that icon.

    5) When the shelf list drops down, tap “Remove from shelf”.

    6) Tap "Remove" to confirm.

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Security

  • 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

  • All Goodreads pages that collect private information are secured through SSL. SSL is a browser security layer that ensure the information is being sent from your browser to our webservers in an encrypted, secure manner.

    All pages are encrypted with SSL once you are signed in. You can tell if you are on a SSL page by seeing in your browser bar if the page starts with https instead of http. Also, some forms (like our sign in form on the signed out homepage) can submit directly to a SSL page, so you may not see it in the browser bar.

  • You can optionally store your credit card on file with Goodreads when using products such as ebooks and self-serve advertising. Goodreads uses a large, secure, 3rd party named Braintree Payment Solutions to store and process credit cards. Goodreads, including all our employees, never have access to your credit card information. Braintree is PCI complaint, and handles payment infrastructure for many large companies.

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Q&A

  • 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.

  • Any registered member of Goodreads can ask or answer a Reader Q&A question. Any visitor to Goodreads can read questions and answers.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Any Goodreads Author can opt to receive questions from Goodreads members. Any Goodreads member can ask an author who has turned on the feature questions.

  • You can ask any kind of question related to a specific book by that author or general questions about that author's writing. You can ask questions about:

    • The author’s writing process
    • The author’s favorite writers or influences
    • Questions about specific characters or moments in books
    • Anything about the author’s life as a writer

    Some examples of questions readers have asked authors include:

    "How would you respond to people who say Hazel and Augustus are unrealistic characters because they are intelligent?" –Destiny, asking author John Green

    “You often write about relationships among sisters. Do you have a sister and how would you describe your relationship with her?” – Keanes, asking author Liane Moriarty

    “Why did you choose to include the Philippines in your book The Five People You Meet in Heaven?” – Grace Ramirez, asking author Mitch Albom

  • To ask an author a question, go to 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 beneath the list of the author’s books. Enter your question in the box provided and click “Ask.” This will send your question to the author. 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. You will be notified on your Goodreads homepage and by email.

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Goodreads On Fire Tablet


  • New features are constantly being added to the Goodreads app on Fire. In the meantime, visit the desktop site on your computer if you're looking for a feature that's not yet supported.


  • The Updates Feed on the Fire app does not currently support all feed items available on the desktop site. To see all of your updates, you can visit the desktop site on your computer.


  • Try force quitting your app and then restarting your device. You can also try the steps outlined on the Fire Help page. If you still have problems, contact us.


  • First, take a screenshot of the error or bug. To do so on your Kindle Fire, press and hold the Volume Down button and Power button together for one second while the device is on. Your screen should briefly flash. You should now be able to find the screenshot from the pull down menu at the top of the device. You can then contact us with a brief description of the error and attach the screenshot so we can look into it further.


  • Although Goodreads offers a private profile option, all book reviews are public and viewable on the book page. This means reviews are also indexed by search engines. If you would prefer not to see your reviews in a search of your name on search engines, you can make your last name visible to "friends only" on the Profile tab of your Account Settings.

  • On the book page, scroll down to "Reader Q&A." You can then tap "See all questions and answers..." to access Reader Q&A.


  • You can visit our desktop or mobile sites to edit your profile and account settings. Any changes you make will also apply to your account on your Fire tablet.

    On the desktop site, click on your profile picture at the top of the page and select Account Settings. Use the tabs at the top of the page to review and change your current settings. Be sure to click on the "Save" button at the bottom of each page to save your preferences.

    On the mobile site, click on the hamburger menu and select "Settings." Make the changes you'd like, and tap "save" once you're done.


  • To browse books by genre, you can visit your Recommendations page. To edit the genres that appear on this page, go to Recommendations > Keep Rating Books > Edit Genres.


  • You can do this by rating more books or updating your favorite genres. To rate books, tap on Recommendations from the main menu and click on "Keep rating books" at the top of the page. The more you rate, the better the results!

    To edit your favorite genres, tap on Recommendations from the main menu and click on "Keep rating books" at the top of the page. From here, click on "Edit Genres" and follow the prompts.


  • You can search from any page within the app by tapping on the search bar or the magnifying glass icon at the top of the page.


  • It isn’t possible to remove books from your Amazon books. However, only the books you rate or shelve from the Amazon Books screen will be added to your Goodreads profile. You can also remove a book from your Goodreads profile at any time.


  • When you link your Facebook account, you can choose to publish to Facebook when you:

  • Add a book
  • Add a book as "Want to Read"
  • Rate a book
  • Update your reading status
  • Review a book
  • Like a quote or review

  • You can change your Facebook settings by navigating to the Apps tab of your Account Settings on the desktop site.


  • The Goodreads app is inaccessible when parental controls are on.


  • The Goodreads app is pre-installed on Fire devices and cannot be deleted. Fortunately, the app takes up very little space on your device and does not run in the background.


  • Here’s how to cancel your account on Goodreads:

    1. Click on your profile picture and select Account Settings from the drop-down menu.
    2. Navigate to the Settings tab.
    3. Select the "delete my account" link at the bottom of the page.

    Your personal account data, the list of books you've shelved, and your friends list will be removed from the site.

    If you are an author, you may delete your account in the same way. Please note, however, that this will only remove your personal account data (books you've rated and reviewed, your friends, and account information). Deleting your personal account will not remove your author profile or the records and reviews for the books that you have authored.

    If you have any questions about any part of your profile or are having any other trouble on the site, please feel welcome to contact us.


  • It isn’t currently possible to sign out of your Goodreads profile on Kindle Fire, but you can unlink your Goodreads account from your device. Here’s how:

    1. Go to your profile page.
    2. Tap on the "Edit Profile" button.
    3. Tap on the "Unlink Goodreads Account" link at the bottom of the page.
    4. Tap on the "Unlink" button to the right of the Goodreads cell.
    5. Tap "Unlink" in the confirmation alert that pops up.


  • It's currently only possible to log into Goodreads with one account at a time.


  • No, you cannot buy books directly from Goodreads. However, when available, you can tap on the "Buy" buttons on the Goodreads book page to buy the book from Amazon or the Kindle Store.


  • No – Goodreads is free for you to enjoy!


  • Unfortunately not! However, 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 you use the Kindle app, which is preinstalled on your Fire device.


  • Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations. Our mission is to help people find and share books they love. If you’re looking for a place to discover a great book or a place to discuss your favorite books with a community of readers, you've found the right place!


  • Here's how to view your groups on Kindle Fire:

    1. Go to your profile page.
    2. From the Groups section, tap the group you'd like to view.

    Please note that right now you can only view groups you've already joined on the device. The ability to create, join, or leave a group will be added in future versions of the app. You can see more groups features on the desktop site in the meantime.


  • While this feature is not yet supported within the Goodreads on Fire app, you can mark a book as "Currently Reading" or "Read" from the Kindle app on your device. This will save to your Goodreads account with start and finish dates. To mark a book as "Currently Reading," go to "About this Book" from the book menu and tap on "Mark as Currently Reading." You can similarly mark a book as "Read" directly from the Kindle app when you finish reading a book.


  • To approve a friend request on Kindle Fire:

    1. Open Notifications.
    2. Tap on the Requests tab.
    3. Tap on the "Approve" button next to the friend you'd like to approve.


  • To cancel a friend request on Kindle Fire:

    1. Navigate to the member's profile.
    2. Tap on the "Pending" button at the top of their profile.
    3. An "Are you sure?" pop-up will appear. Tap "Remove" to confirm.
    4. The "Friend Request Sent" button will revert to an unselected "Friend" state.


  • Here's how to remove a friend on Kindle Fire:

    1. Navigate to the member's profile.
    2. Tap the checked "Friends" button at the top of the screen.
    3. An "Are you sure?" pop-up will appear. Tap "Remove" to confirm.
    4. The checked "Friends" button will revert to the unselected "Friend" state.


  • Here's how to follow someone on Kindle Fire:

    1. Navigate to the member's profile.
    2. On the top of the screen, tap the "Follow" button.
    3. The "Follow" button will switch to "Following."


  • 1. Navigate to the member's profile.
    2. On the top of the screen, tap the "Friend" button.
    3. The "Friend" button will then switch to "Pending."


  • Here's how to search through your friends list on Kindle Fire:

    1. Go to the "Friends" page from the main menu.
    2. Use the search bar at the top of the page to search your list of Goodreads friends.


  • Here's how to filter your shelves on Kindle Fire:

    1. From the main menu, tap on "My Books."
    2. Tap on "All Shelved Books" at the top of the page.
    3. Select the shelf you'd like to view.


  • Here's how to write a text review on Kindle Fire:

    1. Navigate to the book page by searching for it in the search bar or clicking on "My Books" from the main menu.
    2. Make sure the book is marked as "Read." You can mark a book "Read" by tapping on the green button at the top of the page and selecting it from the shelving options.
    3. Click on the "Write a Review" button to write and publish a review.


  • To access your challenge, go to the main menu and tap on "Reading Challenge."


  • Here's how to add your Amazon books to your Goodreads shelves:

    1. Tap on "Add Your Amazon Books" from the main menu.
    2. Tap on the "Want to Read" button next to a book to add it to your "Want to Read" shelf. Tap the books icon on the button to add the book to a different shelf.


  • Here's how to scan books on your Kindle Fire:

    1. Open the Goodreads app and tap on "Scan Books" from the main menu.
    2. Scan the cover or barcode of the book you'd like to add.
    3. The book is automatically added to your "Want to Read" shelf. You can move the book to a different shelf from the pop-up at the bottom of the screen.


  • Here's how to link your Goodreads and Facebook accounts:

    1. Tap on the Chat icon at the top right of the Goodreads app.
    2. Tap on the Requests tab.
    3. Tap on the Facebook button to connect your account to Facebook.


  • You can unlink your Goodreads account from your Kindle Fire by following these steps:

    1. Go to your profile page and tap on the "Edit Profile" button.
    2. Tap on the "Unlink Goodreads Account" link at the bottom of the page.
    3. Tap on the "Unlink" button to the right of the Goodreads cell.
    4. Tap "Unlink" in the confirmation alert that pops up.

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