How to Catalogue Your Books with Goodreads?

Goodreads is an online community and virtual bookshelf for book lovers - social networking for books. With it, you can catalogue your books, manage your reading list, see what your friends are reading, get personalized book recommendations, and read book reviews. You can get to know a lot about your friends through the books that they read and sharing common interests over the same books or genres can be a conversation starter. You can also discover new books to read based on what your friends are reading and recommending.
How to Catalogue Your Books with Goodreads

Part 1. Adding Shelves to Your Virtual Bookshelf

Visit Goodreads. Open any web browser on your computer, and visit the Goodreads website.

Sign in. Enter your email address and password for your Goodreads account on the fields provided at the top right corner of the home page, then click the “Sign in” button beside them.
You can also sign in using your Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Amazon accounts, provided that you’ve already previously linked them to Goodreads.
Upon logging in, you will be brought to your main wall, which lists all the recent Goodread activities of your social network friends. You can see what your friends are reading, what books they recommend, what ratings or reviews they gave on books, and many more.

View your bookshelf. Click “My Books” from the header menu. You will be brought to your inventory of books. You can see the book titles, authors, ratings, shelves, and related dates in proper columns here.

Add a shelf. You can see your current bookshelves on the left panel menu. Bookshelves are just categories or groups for your books. Default shelves include: All, Read, Currently Reading, and To Read. Click the “Add shelf” link at the bottom of the current bookshelves.

Name the shelf. An open text field will appear right beside the “Add shelf” link. Type in the name of the new shelf you’re creating. Click the “Add” button below it when you’re done.
The new shelf will be added to the bottom of your bookshelves. You can now use it and put books on it.
It is a good idea to properly name your shelves in order for you to get your books organized and catalogued. For example, you can name your shelves by author, by genre, or by your ratings.

Part 2. Adding Books to Your Virtual Bookshelf

Search a book. Use the search box at the top of your bookshelves to look for the book you want to add. Click the magnifying glass icon beside it to do the search.

View results. The list of results will be displayed. Browse through them to see if your book is there.

Add the book. When you find the book, click the “Want to Read” button beside it. The book will be added to your bookshelf, under the To Read shelf or category.

Catalogue the new book. For better organization, move the book to one of the personal shelves you created. Hover over the book’s button right beside the “Want to Read” button. A submenu of your bookshelves will drop down.
Click the shelf where you want to move this book to from the list. The book will be added and moved to that personal shelf.



1. I mistakenly added several books as audio books. How can I find them all and change them?
Ans: If you know the books’ titles, the most efficient way would be to search the title under the “My shelves” section and hit “Change edition.”

2.A friend just created her author page and I added her debut novel to Good Reads. Apparently there is an author of the same name whose book is also being attributed to her on both pages, book and author. What can I do about this?
Ans:Edit the page of that book and put an extra space between the author’s first and last names – doing so will make Goodreads recognise that the book is by a different author with the same name. If this is too confusing or Goodreads won’t let you edit the page, try contacting a Goodreads Librarian to make this happen (see the help pages on the Goodreads website for information about how to do that).

3.How do I delete a book that we created in Goodreads?
Ans: Ask for deletion of a created book by subscribing to the [Goodreads Librarians Group] and asking for deletion there. It could just be an easy combine, or if there is no such book, explain the scenario of why you feel it should be deleted. However, it could take a number of days to get someone to take action or follow-up on your request, so be aware of this scenario.

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