Adding Your Ebook to Goodreads

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.

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  1. Dana Delamar says:

    Perfect post, Tamara! I ran into all these problems myself. I wish I’d had this before I did my uploads to Goodreads. The librarians are awesome though. :)

  2. Lois Lavrisa says:

    Tamara thanks so much:) This will make is much easier!

  3. Monica Davis says:

    Tamara, thanks for this gem…will bookmark for sure! With so much info out there it’s nice to have a quick step by step “go to” guide. Love the Goodreads site…and it’s peeps!

  4. Adan Lerma says:

    well, i’d pretty much given up trying to get anything on Goodreads, but read your article, tried it just now, and says should show up in about ten minutes, nice! ;-)

    thanks so much tamara ;-)

  5. Lauren Clark says:

    Wonderful information to share with everyone, Tamara! No issues with GoodReads … I’ve had the most trouble with iTunes connect (Phew!) … I finally had to enlist the support of a friend’s super-tech husband because I couldn’t figure it out :)

    xx, Lauren

    • D.D. Scott says:

      Wavin’ atchya, Lauren!

      Is it still right that you can’t upload to iTunes directly unless you do it from a Mac? I’m still using Smashwords to get to iTunes, and wow do I sell well there, so I’d luv to upload directly and not have to wait the 6 weeks or so that it takes Smashwords to get me on there.

      • SK Holmesley says:

        According to the iTunes Producer (the tool to upload the ePub file) manual: iTunes Producer 2.7.1 for books requires a Macintosh with an Intel Core processor, at least 512 MB RAM, and Mac OS X v10.6 or later installed.

        So the backend process requires a Mac or an aggregayot (i.e., Smashwords or some such).

        Are you still able to access your sales reports yourself on iTunes Connect if Smashwords puts up your content or do you have to wait on them to send that information out?

    • Tamara Ward says:

      It’s always nice having a super-tech friend! Thanks, Lauren!

  6. D.D. Scott says:

    Excellent job, Tamara!!! This is one of those little gems that can save a bunch of frustration and time!

    U rock!!!

    P.S. Do you know if Goodreads has changed their cover requirements to match the bigger size now preferred or required on all other sites?

    • Tamara Ward says:

      Hi, D.D.! Thanks! I am not aware of Goodreads changing their cover requirements. Of course, I might have missed something, as Goodreads is so massive, but I don’t believe so. Thanks again! And have a great day!

  7. Great post, Tamara! This one goes into my reference file. (So I don’t have to send you a pleading email for my next release!)

  8. Patrice says:

    One more question, Tamara. I have books on Goodreads, but my Indie ebooks are not on file, and they require a PDF versionwhich I don’t have. I can’t figure out Calibre or Adobe Reader and when I go to these sites my computer antivirus sends out strong warnings.
    Help, please!
    Great post, btw.

    • Tamara Ward says:

      Hmm. Are you asking about uploading your actual book to sell on Goodreads? If so, Goodreads will let you give away your indie ebook for free on Goodreads in pdf version but will not let you sell your book on Goodreads, despite what the site says on that particular upload screen (which is different from adding your book so readers can add it to their to-be-read lists).

      What I’m talking about here with adding your book is just adding the cover image and description of the book, as well as basic book information, not the text of your book.

      As for getting a PDF version of your book, Smashwords will convert your Word file for you to formats including PDF, and sometimes you can click “save as” in Word to save your document in PDF format. Also, there are some free converters you can download online that convert your text file to a pdf.

      I hope this helps. Did I answer your question? If not, let me know! I’m still waking up. (I was up late last night reading a good book!)

  9. Liz Matis says:

    Thanks Tamara for all your posts about Goodreads. I was so thrilled when I went to add my newest release back in July that a reader had already added the book so I didn’t have to do anything! I heart my readers!

  10. Julie Day says:

    Thanks for this, Tamara. I managed to add my last ebook on there by accident. I was looking for the ‘add a book’ to it, and suddenly saw it and managed to put it up there. If I get stuck next time, I will remember this blog.

  11. Thanks, Tamara! I’m bookmarking for when I need it in a couple of months. :-)

  12. Stacy Green says:

    Bookmarking this, Tamara. I can’t become a Goodreads author without an ISBN number (if I’m thinking correctly) so I’ve got a couple of months to wait. I’m hoping to figure out how best to utilize Goodreads in the meantime:)

  13. Great post, Tamara! Goodreads is a great place to get your book in front of more readers and with your instructions, anyone can do it :)

  14. This is great info–very helpful–Thanks!

    But I have another problem. All my books are listed on Goodreads, but one has no cover image. Does anybody know how to add a cover image to an existing book? I have no idea why the cover art didn’t appear the way it did with my other 9 books.

    • Tamara Ward says:

      Email me your image and I’ll put it up there. (I’m a Goodreads librarian.) My email is tamara.ward (at) rocketmail (dot) com. Very strange that it didn’t work out for just the one, but you got the others!

  15. Never mind. I just went over and figured it out. Your directions showed me it’s not rocket science–you just have to look carefully for links. Thanks again!

  16. Christina says:

    When I went to add in my books a few months ago, it said I had to be a librarian or ask a librarian to add a book. Then I had to update my member account to an author account. I finally did get the book added and became a Goodreads author, but it took some time.

  17. David Slegg says:

    Great post, Tamara!

    Nothing like a step-by-step instructional. Doesn’t get any better than that. Goodreads is such a great resource!