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Librarian Manual: Adding books to a new or existing series

Note to Goodreads Authors: To create a new series or edit an existing series (which will then appear on your author profile under Series by), you’ll need help from one of our volunteer librarians. Post in the Goodreads Librarians Group here.

Creating a new series:

  1. Check if a series has already been created for the books in question. Please do not add a new series for each language the books have been published in, unless the numbering of the books differs from that of the existing series.
  2. Find a book in the series.
  3. From the book's edit page, scroll down to series and click add.
  4. In the edit series page, put in the series name.
  5. Still in the edit series page, click add book and search for the other books in the series.
  6. Add all of those books.
  7. Save the series.

Adding a book to a series that has previously been created:

  1. Find a new book which should be added to the series.
  2. Memorize it (or just leave the record open in a different tab).
  3. Find a different book that's already in the series.
  4. Click on the series name in its title.
  5. Click on edit to open the series for editing.
  6. Click add book, search for the new book, and add it.
  7. Save the series.

Don't do this:

  1. Find a new book in the series.
  2. Open it's edit page, scroll down to series, and click add.
  3. Put in the same series name.
  4. Save the series.

This will not add the book to the existing series! You can test this by clicking on the series name in the book title: if you don't see the other books in the series, you didn't add the book to the existing series. If you've done this, delete the new series (click edit on the series page, scroll to the bottom, and click delete), go to the correct series listing, and follow the steps for adding a book to a series.

Series numbering and order

Novellas and short stories should be listed using decimals. For instance, if a series contains five primary books (#1, #2, #3, #4, #5) and a novella was published in between Book 1 and Book 2, it should be listed as 1.5. If there are multiple novellas or short stories between Book 1 and Book 2, they can be numbered as 1.4 and 1.5; or 1.3, 1.5, and 1.7; and so on.

Note: These novellas should not be listed as primary, regardless of numbering used on other sites.

Please see here for an example.

Book series that are made up entirely of novellas should be numbered with integers. Please see here for an example.

Please place anthologies and omnibus volumes/collections, as well as any other special works (such as individual volumes republished in multiple parts), after all primary works, not mixed in with them.

If novellas or shorts are published individually and also included in anthologies and omnibuses, please list the individually published novellas with decimals in the series order. At the end of the series, list anthologies, and finally omnibus editions. Please see here for an example.

Series: Chronological order versus suggested reading order

If the chronological order or suggested reading order of a series differs from the published numbering of a series, you can edit the description to reflect the suggested reading order.

Example:The Cousins War Series

When dealing with a larger series, you can also create a new series with the chronological or suggested reading order.

Example:The Chronicles of Narnia Series

Imprints are not series

Imprints and other unrelated collections of works (usually by multiple authors) are not series. They can be grouped with a Listopia list, or the collection/imprint information can be listed in the edition field, but they should not be grouped into a series, or listed on a book's title line.

As a general rule, a book is only part of a series if that designation would apply to all editions of a work. To be a series, books should have characters and/or universes in common. In the case of imprints and other non-series collections, it is common for some of these books to be published under numerous other imprints as well.

For example, SF Masterworks would not be a series, and neither would Harlequin Blaze.

Merging whole-series placeholders

If a book series is not packaged by the publisher as one item (such as a boxed set), the series should not be created as a fake book. Any user-created series objects should be merged into the boxed set for the series (if available) or the first book of the series (if no boxed set or similar publisher-created series item is available).


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Become a Goodreads Author

Any author, anywhere in the world, can join the Goodreads Author Program for free. All you need is an Internet connection and a published book (or a soon-to-be published book) that can be found in our database. The Goodreads Author Program allows published authors to claim their profile page to promote their book and engage with readers. Once verified, your author profile will include the official Goodreads Author badge, which you can use to tell your fans to follow you on Goodreads.

Benefits of Claiming Your Profile Page

Manage Your Profile

Update your profile picture, write your bio, and fix your book listings—by joining the Goodreads Author Program you’re able to keep the information about yourself up-to-date.

Promote Your Books

Run a giveaway, connect your blog, advertise your books—the Goodreads Author Program gives you access to the marketing tools you need to build buzz around your books.

Interact with Readers

Take questions from readers using Ask The Author, write reviews, and show off your taste in literature. Readers love to learn what books their favorite authors are reading!

Claim Your Profile Today

To apply for the Author Program, you can follow these steps when visiting the desktop version of Goodreads:

  1. Sign in or create an account, and then search for your most popular book via ISBN, ASIN, or title.
  2. On the book, click on your author name. Scroll to the bottom of your author profile page.
  3. Click “Is this you? Let us know!” to complete and submit the application.

We will send you an email when you’re approved within 2 business days. Your login and password will stay the same.

Already a Goodreads Author? Learn how to use the Author Program effectively on our Authors & Advertisers Blog.
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How can I add a book to Your Year in Books?

As with our annual Reading Challenge, a book needs to be shelved with a date read in a particular year for it to appear in that annual Your Year in Books. If Your Year in Books is missing some books, we'd recommend going back to your shelves and ensuring the date read has been set. Here's how:

  1. Click on My Books in the header to navigate to your shelves
  2. Use the search bar at the top right of your shelves to find the book listing in question
  3. Under the date read column header for that specific book listing, click on the edit link.
  4. If you don't see a date read column, click on shelf settings at the top of the page and select the date read checkbox
  5. Add the correct date in the pop-up menu that appears and click on Save

A good way to make sure you've included all of the books you've shelved and read this year is to go to the Missing Books section at the bottom of the Your Year in Books page:

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How to Manually Add Your Book to Goodreads

How to Add a New Book to the Goodreads Database

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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.

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.

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.

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.

4. Submit

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


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!

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.

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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How do I add books to my Reading Challenge?

Once you set up your Reading Challenge goal, any books you shelve as read with a date finished in 2021 will automatically be counted. If your challenge is missing some books, we recommend going back to your shelves and ensuring the date read is set. Here's how to add your read dates:


  1. Click on My Books in the header to navigate to your shelves.
  2. Use the search bar at the top right of your shelves to find the book in question.
  3. Under the date read column header for that specific book listing, click on the edit link. If you don't see a date read column, click shelf settings at the top of the page and select the date read checkbox.
  4. Add the desired date in the pop-up menu that appears, and then click on save.


  1. Navigate to the book page.
  2. Make sure the book is marked as Read. If it's not, tap on the arrow next to the Want to Read button to mark it as Read.
  3. Tap the Add or edit dates read link underneath the Write a Review button.
  4. You can edit an existing finished date or tap the + button to create a new finished date.
  5. Tap Done.


  1. Navigate to the book page. You can search for it using the Search box at the top of the screen.
  2. Scroll down until you see either the Write a Review button or the Edit Your Review button. The second will appear if you've already written a text review. Tap the button to continue.
  3. Tap either the Started or Finished areas to open a screen that allows you to choose your read dates.
  4. Select the correct dates and tap Done. You can also select Set 'No Date' if you want a blank entry.
  5. Tap Done again to save your edits.

Goodreads on Kindle:

  1. Navigate to the book page.
  2. Scroll down and, under your review, tap on Add or edit dates read.
  3. Add or edit the start and finished dates, tap on done once you're done.
How To Add a Book In Goodreads

How to Add a New Book to the Goodreads Database

  • 1

    Use the Add a New Book to Goodreads website link, to add your book.

  • 2

    Bring your book near your computer. You'll need a few things directly from your book. If you don't have a copy of that particular book handy, it's good to note that Goodreads allows information to be copied off of the WorldCat and Amazon given you have a copy of the ISBN or ASIN of that copy of the book handy. As per policy, you can't take any information from Amazon's competitor, Barnes and Noble, and therefore this information can't be borrowed (such as for a Nook version of your book).[2]

  • 3

    Type in the new book's title into the "title" field.Although the page tool does a secondary search for verification to see if the book exists and gives you comparable results, take a moment to second check this list. title and determine if any comparable matches can be found. If you think the book's title is a match, but aren't completely sure, right-click the item and click either "open in New Window" or "Open in New Tab".
    • If the book is part of a volume or set of books, this titling can be interesting. After the title of the book, enter a space then the volume number in parenthesis. (i.e. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets should be titled as "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)" (However, this item is already in the database so don't use this example as a real entry of a brand new book[3]).
  • 4

    Scroll down the list until you find the "Sort by Title" field.Type the title in again, as if you were looking through an old-style card catalog. You can omit the words A, an, the, etc. and type the remainder of the text[4]A title known as "A New Light" would be listed as just "New Light".
    • Book entries that are part of a series get some special treatment. As opposed to adding the volume number last, you add it after the last few words at the end of the title. (i.e."Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets would be sorted out as "chamber of secrets (Harry Potter, #2), harry potter) as opposed to "chamber of secrets, harry potter (Harry Potter, #2)". However, be aware that new editions of already present books should have the corrected sort-by field entered already when you enter in to add another edition entry.
  • 5

    Type the author's name in the "author" entry box.As is stated on the New book entry page, add authors as they appear on the front of the book; however, if different verification sources disagree on the order or if there is no verifiable cover present, you can list them in alphabetical order.[5]. However, with different format's of authors names, the formatting of the name is different dependent on your exact scenarioand few situations will ever be the same for brand new books that aren't in the database just yet.
    • The very first author should be only the primary author of the book. No other authors should be listed within the first text box of authors. Make sure to return the name with the proper capitalization (capitalization should never be the same as the way it looks on the book, if the book presents it's authors in all-CAPS, but should be written as if it was the legal name entry on a paper form). Make sure to list the names starting with the first name with a space then the middle name (if available) then a space and onto the last name. Doing so will help the Goodreads Librarian link the books (if they indeed find it is a separate edition of an already present edition of an existing book) instead.
    • Authors who use their initials should list their names without a space between letters of a name but should have a period after each and every initial. (ex. J. L. Roth should be listed in this box as "J.L. Roth".)
    • If the author supplies their middle name as an initial, follow the initial rules in the sub-step immediately above. (If they send their initial, provide their initial followed by a period followed by a space and then their last name. If they provide their full middle name, type that in the box instead, as was written.)
    • Names with title or degree designations should be included in the list, but must never list these designations in the author name field itself, unless it is necessary to avoid confusion or is part of a recognizable pen name (such as "Dr. Seuss") (however, Dr. Doug B. Hornet should be listed as "Doug B. Hornet")
    • Suffixes to a name should be included separated by a space after the last name.
    • Additional authors (such as editors, narrators for audiobooks, etc.) should be listed as separate entries on new lines in the form. Supply the type of author for the book with the box that is displayed after clicking the "Add role" link next to the author's name box. Although you can choose between many different types of author-roles in the author role drop-down, there is a fill-in box that can be accessed if the author role isn't supplied.
    • If more than one author exists, there's a link just below this box, that asks you for these additional authors. Supply as many as is given in the order they appear on the front cover of the book, after clicking the "Add author" link as many times as you need to enter all of them into the appropriate boxes.
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    Author-ize books such as the Bible (any type of Bible) or traditional stories under no name or a book with the only official author name of "Anonymous" as Anonymous in the author field.[6] If there's any uncertainty in the author name and a suitable author can't be found anywhere in the book or on the Internet (through reputable sources), list the author as "Unknown".[7]

  • 7

    Upload the picture of the front cover of the book into the box just below the "Add a cover image for this book." field. Although it's okay to use your own image of that exact book from a file you have on hand, it is also acceptable to use the Amazon book picture (as long as the picture isn't just Goodreads or Amazon stock photos (stock photos on Goodreads look like a brown-covered book with just the plain text of the title and author of the book, as for Amazon, these generic cover art may vary a little more widely depending on the situation) or as long as the photo isn't a book with the same title but as another edition-again, it's best to research the item on Amazon under its ASIN or ISBN before searching with the title.[8]

  • 8

    Type in the ISBN or ASIN (Amazon-only direct access ID-type) codes. From one Librarian to the rest of the reading community here on wikiHow, Goodreads wants regular paperback or hardcover books to be listed under the ISBN or ISBN-13 number and use only the ASIN numbers for Kindle and Audible books.[9] Use ISBN numbers for anything else, but you can still research the book on Amazon for information using the items ASIN number.[10]. Click the "Click for ASIN" link to switch this box type to ASIN-mode.

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    Type the publisher name and publication dates (year, month, day - text, drop-down, text) for the book into the applicable fields. (While the publisher name can be found inside the book on the publisher data or title page or on Amazon itself according to an ISBN number search in the search bar, it is best to use the publication date of the book according to the date Amazon will give to you as the Publication date line will list) However, be careful that you are punctuating and capitalizing the publisher name as it appears there.[11]If there is no data given and the data can't be retrieved from WorldCat, you can take the copyright year, leaving the remainder of the data unlisted for the other portions of the publication year: however, keep that information as a "case of last resort".[12].

  • 10

    Type the number of pages the book contains into the "number of pages" box.As per Goodreads policies, they consider the amount of pages in the book to include all pages in the book, except for advertisements for other books or preview chapters. You can also grab this information from Amazon for this specific edition unique identifier. Other types of books will get special treatment and will vary greatly.[13][14].
    • For books that are digital read-outs (or have been narrated, and may include Audiobook, Audio CD, Audio Cassette, Audible Audio, CD-ROM and MP3 CD listings), take the information you obtain for the ISBN and round the hour amount up to the next hour and list that hour reference as the number of pages. Don't try to estimate the pages of the real book to put into audiobook form. Even if the audiobook is only a minute or two long, round it up to the next hour. [15] (e.g. If the listing says the book lasts 3 minutes, the page count should read 1 since the next total amount of hours past the 3 minutes is 1 hour.)
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    Click the drop-down menu for the type of format the book is (which you currently own in your hands).Most often, these entries will be "Hardcover", "Paperback", "Kindle book" (as opposed to "eBook" when bought from the Kindle for Amazon store or bought as its own Kindle book or "Audio CD" or even "Audible Audio", but there are many more format types available in this list.[16]
    • Be careful of books of the types of eBooks out there. If it is bought directly from a company selling eBooks (Amazon, Barnes and Noble), these should not be listed as "ebook" when these formats are on the list already. There are others that have similar conventions as to format types, but aren't commonly recognized or commonly used, but must be applied. If the book isn't sold from a first-rate retailer (Amazon, Barnes and Noble), you must select "eBook" from the list.[17]
    • If you can't determine the format, you must select "Unknown Binding". Be careful not to select "Unbound" as these look similar from the get-go but mean two completely different things.
    • Other commonly mismarked format differences include "Paperback" with "Mass Market Paperback", "Library Binding" with "Hardcover", "CD-ROM or MP3-CD with Audio CD" and must be watched accordingly.
    • If this type of format isn't available, click the "Other" link and type the format into the text-entry box.
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    Type the edition number, if the book has more than one edition number or is a special-entry edition information item. This field is for special entry information only (holiday edition, 2nd edition, etc.). This should be entered in the field as it is written on or inside the cover.

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    Type in the "official url" to the book if there is one available. This field is optional and should be used if there is an author or publisher site that describes the book you have. It should never list a fan site, library or other site about the book.[18]

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    Copy the book's description from the Amazon-specific unique description of the book, or enter the words from the very back of the book in the order they appear on the back of the book (unless the back of the book has book critics reviews which you can omit from the Description box.This Description box is critical should the addition other editions pop-up, as these carry-over without even asking the edition adder from one edition to the next. If there is no data on this page as for this description, you can copy the data off the back cover or dust jacket to the book word-for-word, [19].
    • Although this rarely happens, if you still have no data for this box, you can write your own summary for the description, without writing a spoiler inside the box and without using images or links to external sites.
    • You can grab data in certain circumstances as to describe books from Wikipedia, but the exact link to this site must be written inside the description box to explain where this data originated from.
  • 15

    Scroll your eyes and the page down slightly, and select from the drop-down menu underneath the description, the language the book is written in. Although the default selection at the top of the list is English (as English is the most-commonly used language for book entries on Goodreads), this language will depend on what language the book is written in. (i.e. If the book is a translated book (of an English book) into Portuguese, this entry must be selected as "Portuguese" since this is the language of the book.[20]

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    Look below the "Work Settings" label to find three fields (for non-Librarians) to fill in.Although optional, sending this information out will help those looking to find a book with alternate information, or which has been republished with drastically different information.
    • Type in the original title and original publication dates using the same formatting as the title and publication dates field formatting above, if the data differs widely from the very first publication to the present-day one. Most oftentimes, the original publication date will be the earliest copyright date mentioned on the book's title/publication data page just a few page-turns inside the book.[21]
    • Watch out for the "media type" field. Although it can be your "best friend" when the media is something other than a book, it can also be your worst enemy if you accidentally select "not a book". For information on what isn't a book or is something other than those books most commonly used, utilize the information presented here. The not a book option will now display for every account that is created, though it is only supposed to show for Goodreads Librarians.
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    Although users who are long-time users are grandfathered in to not having to fill this field out, those who aren't will need to fill out this box.

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    Scroll back down to the end again (or tap the button on your keyboard) and click the "Create book" button.

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