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How to Add a New Book to the Goodreads Database

An avid reader and movie lover, Neha loves sharing her reviews and recommendations. She is an actor/singer/dancer with a theatre group.

What Is Goodreads?

Goodreads is a social cataloging website where you can sign up to record and track your reading progress.

Users can create their own bookshelves and add the books they have read, mark the books that they are currently reading, or add the books that they want to read. They can get book recommendations based on the kind of books they like. They can review books they liked or dislike. They can join groups and have discussions with fellow readers and much more.

While you find most book records on Goodreads already, some lesser-known books or regional language books aren't available on Goodreads if they haven't already been added by a fellow reader or a Goodreads Librarian.

Goodreads gives the users an option to create a new book record if the users can't find a book in the Goodreads records.

This article will tell you 4 easy steps on how you can do that.

Goodreads Bookshelf

Goodreads Bookshelf

1. Ensure the Book Is Not Already in the Database

Make sure you search the book in the existing Goodreads records before you add a new record.

You can search for your book by using the book title, the author's name, or the ISBN code in the search box on your Goodreads page.

Goodreads Search box

Goodreads Search box

2. Add a New Record

If you still don't find your book, you can add a new record by clicking on the "Add a new record" button.

How to add a new book record on Goodreads

How to add a new book record on Goodreads

3. Fill in the Details

It takes you to the "Add a new book" page. The form is quite elaborate, but only a few details are actually needed for you to be able to submit.

However, I would say the more information you add, the better it will be as it would help the reading community on Goodreads by making the book easily searchable.

You can easily locate all the details on your book on the back cover or the first page of the book. Fill in the book details here on the form: Title, Author, ISBN code, Publisher, Number of pages, Format, Edition, Description, Language. You can also add a cover image for the book.

Add a new book on Goodreads

Add a new book on Goodreads

4. Submit

Once you have filled all the details, click on the 'Create Book' button to create the new book record.

Create Book on Goodreads

Create Book on Goodreads

Done!

This creates a new record for your book and now you can add it to your shelf, rate it, review it or recommend it to friends.

Happy Reading!

My Books > Import and Export

My Books > Import and Export

A Few More Tips

  1. Here's an alternate way to add a new book manually:
    My Books > Import and Export > Manually add books
  2. Here is the direct link to add a new book manually to the Goodreads database.
  3. Make sure you follow the guidelines laid down by Goodreads while filling in the book details.


Guidelines for adding a new book manually on Goodreads

Guidelines for adding a new book manually on Goodreads

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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