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  • On January 9, 2018, we launched a new Giveaways program initially available to entrants who are U.S. residents.

    Starting on October 9, 2018, authors and publishers can now create print book giveaways for up to 100 copies with the option of making the giveaway open to U.S residents, Canadian residents, or both. 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.

    You can read about each package here.


  • Goodreads Giveaways are a powerful way for authors and publishers to promote their books. You can choose between two 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. or Canadian 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.

    Goodreads promotes your giveaway, helping drive entries, and then randomly selects winners once the giveaway ends.

    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. 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.
    • (NEW) A customizable message sent by Goodreads to entrants who don’t win, providing a unique chance to connect with potentially thousands of readers interested in your book.
    • 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. or Canadian 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.

    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.

    Your giveaway must comply with all local applicable laws, rules, and regulations. For example, in Quebec, running a giveaway valued at over $100 requires registration. We are not your attorneys and the information presented here is not legal advice. We provide it for informational purposes and suggest you seek advice in your jurisdiction for running a giveaway legally.


  • 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.

  • Our two packages are as follows:

    1. Standard Giveaway (Print or Kindle ebook format) $119 per giveaway.


    • (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. 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.
    • (NEW) A customizable message sent by Goodreads to entrants who don’t win, providing a unique chance to connect with potentially thousands of readers interested in your book.

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


  • 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.

    You cannot edit a giveaway after the start date. However, 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. If you need assistance, please 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. Placement on the Featured tab is randomized, which means it will shift in position throughout the course of the giveaway. 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.

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