If I had a nickel for every time someone asked me how to add a book to Goodreads… or if I had a nickel for every time someone told me they updated their book but couldn’t figure out how to add their cover photograph… no, I still wouldn’t be rich.
Adding books to Goodreads is easy, once you know where to look for the links. I’ve broken the process down into three steps.
Step One: Figure out if your book already is on Goodreads.
To search for your book, simply type its title into the search bar at the top of your screen. (I inserted a nifty red arrow showing you where you type in your book title.)
Step Two: Click the “Manually add a book” link.
If your book is not in Goodreads yet, you’ll be taken to a screen that looks similar to this image. Goodreads will tell you (in red at the bottom where the search results are found) that in your search for your book, “No results found – sorry!” Not a problem. Click the “Manually add a book” link. The link is out of the way on the right hand side of your screen. (Again, I added the red arrow and underlined.)
Step 3: Add your book info, and remember to add your COVER!
(Yes, I did yell in all caps, and in red, too! It’s so easy to forget this part of the step.)
Once you click the link to manually add your book, you’ll be taken to a new page. The top of this page looks similar to the image below. This is the page where you add your book information.
Add your cover image first so you don’t forget. Note the button on the top right side of the screen where I’ve added red arrows and a star.) It’s another out-of-the-way link that can be overlooked, but this is where you choose the file from your computer that will show up as your book’s cover image.
Finish up by typing in the rest of your book’s information into the form fields on Goodreads. The process is straightforward, and the website even provides help as, when you click inside each field, a pop-up box appears, explaining what you should enter into that field. Goodreads guides you along the way!
Don’t have an ISBN or AISN yet? Don’t want to list a publisher? The only required information fields for adding a book to Goodreads are the title and author names. But of course you’ll want to add more than bare bones information to pique readers’ interests and allow them to easily find your book through searches.
Be prepared to provide your book blurb, length, and other useful information.
And if you haven’t done it yet, add your book cover image using the link at the top right!
Click the “Create book” button at the bottom of the page, and you’re done!
Step 4: If all else fails, ask a librarian, or become a librarian yourself.
If you make an error entering your book information, or if you can’t figure out how to add that cover image, don’t worry; just ask a librarian. Go to the Goodreads Librarian group page and start a new discussion thread asking for helpat
I’ve asked for help once before and almost immediately a friendly volunteer librarian resolved my problem.
Or, if you like to DIY, become a Goodreads Librarian by filling out a quick questionnaire. Before you apply, you must have listed 50 books in your profile (as having read these books), and then you apply at:
It’s your turn, WG2E land! Have you had any interesting experiences uploading books to Goodreads or other sites?
The Best of Goodreads Wishes — Tamara Ward, WG2E Goodreads Guru
Tamara Ward is an Amazon Bestselling Romantic Suspense and Mystery Author. Storm Surge, the first novel in the Jonie Waters mystery series, released in 2011. Tamara is also a proud member of our WG2E Family.