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  • How do I become a librarian?

    If you have added 50 books and would like to become a librarian, you are welcome to apply here.

    Applicants who are accepted to the Goodreads Librarian program will be notified by email. Please note that no notification is sent if an applicant is not accepted to the program.

    What can librarians do?

    Goodreads members with Librarian Status can edit book and author data, add book covers, and combine different editions of books. Each book and author has one unique entry in the Goodreads database. Librarians help correct book issues, like if the data isn't correct, or is missing things like the book description or URL.

    Why not make everyone a librarian?

    Initially, we allowed everyone to be a librarian. Anyone could edit book and author data, add cover images, or combine books. However, we found that while 99% of the people did a good job, occasionally we had someone who messed things up. So we created a new status that we bestow on those interested in helping keep things nice and tidy, which has worked out well.

    What is the difference between regular librarians and super librarians?

    Super librarians can do these things that regular librarians cannot:
    * Delete an edition of a book with more than 5 adds
    * Delete an e-reader with more than some number of adds
    * Edit a quote with over 500 adds
    * Merge two quotes with over 5 adds that aren't Levenshtein similar
    * Merge two quizzes
    * Hide a quiz with more than 50 "takes"
    * Delete a trivia question with more than 100 "takes"
    * Edit the sub-genres of a genre
    * Delete a place with more than 3 books

    Please note that there isn't a structured way to apply for super-librarian status.  There are only about a dozen non-Goodreads staff who have it, all of whom were granted the status by staff due to their significant participation in the Librarians Group.

  • 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. 


  • 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.

  • 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:


  • While combine and merge are generally considered synonymous, Goodreads Librarians often use the two words to mean distinctly different things.

    Combining means taking two or more editions and linking them into one work. No editions are deleted, so you have the same number of editions before and after a combine.

    Merging means combining two editions that are actually duplicates, and then deleting one. An edition is deleted, so after a merge, you will have fewer editions than before. If a merge is performed correctly, all ratings, reviews, and shelvings of the deleted edition will be moved to the edition with which it was merged (or the most popular edition, if it was merged with a group of editions).

    In both cases, the book page's cache may take a couple days to completely update.

  • Imprints and other unrelated collections of works (usually by multiple authors) are not series. They can be grouped with a Listopia list, or the collection/imprint information can be listed in the edition field, but they should not be grouped into a series, or listed on a book's title line.

    As a general rule, a book is only part of a series if that designation would apply to all editions of a work. To be a series, books should have characters and/or universes in common. In the case of imprints and other non-series collections, it is common for some of these books to be published under numerous other imprints as well.

    For example, SF Masterworks would not be a series, and neither would Harlequin Blaze.


  • 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.


  • 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 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.


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 edit book or author information, navigate to the book or author's page, then click on the 'edit data' link which is found in the lower right side of the box containing the book or author's information. Please remember to be accurate in your edits, as your changes will be reflected on anyone's shelf who has that book.

    Note: Replacing or removing the cover of an existing edition is in violation of Goodreads policy. Please see information on how to add an alternate cover edition if the book has been released with a new cover.

  • You can post a widget which shows off a list of books in your shelves on your website or blog. To do so, log in to Goodreads, click on edit profile from the drop-down to the right of your profile image in the header, then select the 'widgets' tab. Follow the instructions to copy the widget code into your blog. You can choose to show off any shelf you like: read, currently reading, or any shelf of your choice. Please make sure your blog software accepts javascript.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.


  • When the new app replaces the existing Android app, it will have all of the same features of the existing Goodreads app for Android, but it will be faster, redesigned, and overall more usable. Currently, while the app is in beta, some features are less stable or still in development.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.


  • 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.

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

  • 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.


  • 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.

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

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

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

  • 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.


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

  • Deleting published books from our system is against policy. Goodreads is striving to be a complete database of all published works, including works that are out-of-print. We like our members to be able to add their exact edition to their virtual shelves. Just as a library would not remove a record from its catalog, so do we not remove books from our database.

    However, if your book was never published and never will be published, we might be able to remove it. Please contact us.