If only there was one central book review site where readers could post reviews of books – and then those reviews would be automatically posted on all the sites where books are purchased. It wouldn’t matter if a reviewer bought a book on Smashwords or Amazon or B&N or Kobo or wherever – the book review would show up on every site – wouldn’t that be wonderful?
That dream is not a reality today – BUT – there is a way that you can get reviews readers post on Goodreads to show up on your Kobo book pages. Thanks to my WG2E Street Team pal Dale Amidei tipping us off to a link to a blog that told how to do it, I’m in the know. And hopefully now that you’re reading this blog post, you’ll be in the know, also!
So here’s how it’s done: Make sure your book on the Goodreads site has the ISBN number showing on the Kobo website.
Here’s the breakdown:
1. Go to your book’s page on the Kobo website. Are your Goodreads reviews showing up on the site? No? Then copy your book’s ISBN number from the right hand column.
2. Go to the Goodreads website. Run a search for your book title. Even if your book pops up, select the “Manually add a book” link on the right hand side of your screen. This will bring you to the “Add a new book” page. Fill in your book’s information, pasting the Kobo ISBN number into the ISBN 13 slot. (Remember to include the image of your book cover by using the link on the upper right hand side of the page.) Click the “Create book” button at the bottom of the page when you’re done.
3. This third and critical step must be done by a Goodreads librarian. Are you a Goodreads librarian? If not, it’s really easy to become one. (Just apply at http://www.goodreads.com/about/apply_librarian. The application is incredibly fast and simple. And you might even hear back from Goodreads that you’re a librarian within the day. Librarians have more power on Goodreads than regular members, one power being the ability to merge book editions. So what are you waiting for?!
Okay, Goodreads Librarian. You’re still on the Goodreads site. Now you must merge the book you just created in step 2 (the one with the ISBN that matches the one showing on the Kobo site) with the other version/s of your book that already was on Goodreads (you know, the version/s of your book with all the reviews).
Do this by running another search for your book title on Goodreads. Hopefully now at least two versions of your book will show up. Click on either one. This will bring you to one of your book’s pages. Click the “combine” link on the “Other Editions” bar on the right hand side of your screen.
This will now bring you to a page where you can select multiple books to merge using the checkboxes. Simply check the boxes next to the book titles you want to merge and click the “combine editions” button at the bottom of the page.
4. Bask in your success. Results should be instant, and you should now see your reviews on the Kobo website. You might need to click your browser’s “refresh” button to reload the Kobo page and see those reviews.
I hope this helps!
But what if you don’t want to become a Goodreads librarian?
No problem (though you’re really missing out on the librarian fun)! Just ask a Goodreads librarian for help.
One way to ask for help is to go to the Goodreads librarian forum and ask for assistance at http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/220-goodreads-librarians-group. Even though I’m a librarian, I’ve asked fellow librarians for help a couple different times, and each time I received a prompt and successful response.
Also, feel free to ask me for help merging your book editions. I’m a Goodreads librarian, and I’m available to help, too. But I’ll have you do steps 1 and 2 (above) before I’ll gladly take care of 3… and then we can both do step 4 together!
Phew! That’s it! My fingers are tired! So now it’s your turn, WG2E-ers. What do you think about the ability for Goodreads reviews to be shared on the Kobo site?
The Best of Goodreads and Kobo Wishes — Tamara Ward
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.