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by Gary Jefferies, Janice Wald, and Melisa Marzett
Once your book is published on Amazon.com, what’s next?
Goodreads is that answer.
I first heard of Goodreads when I heard actor Will Smith’s book was on the site.
This post will explain how to promote your book using Goodreads, how to use Goodreads for social networking, and why you’ll be able to make money when you put your book on Goodreads.
There are many ways to make money online. Selling your book on Goodreads is one of them.
How to Promote a Book Using Goodreads
by Gary Jefferies
Why you’ll be able to make money with Goodreads:
Author Gary Jefferies explains the appeal of Goodreads for 25 million writers worldwide:
How to Promote A Book Using Goodreads
by Janice Wald
On the Toolbar at the top left on the screen, you’ll see:
- Opportunities to join groups
As you can see, Goodreads is a social community. This networking aspect will help you promote and ultimately sell your books.
Other Uses for Goodreads
Although this post is called “Goodreads: How to Promote a Book,” there are many ways Goodreads can be a valuable site for you.
- Join groups of people with your literary interests.
- Participate in reading challenges.
- Win free ebooks in giveaways.
- Find new books to read.
- Discover inspirational quotes that you can post on Instagram. The Instagram crowd loves inspirational quotes.
- Receive discounts on books purchased through Goodreads.
What is Goodreads?
by Melisa Marzett
- Maintaining lists of the books you’ve read
- Maintaining lists of the books you must read
- Exchanging recommendations with friends who are fond of reading just like you.
A huge and amazing world of books is facing us since there are more great works than a human being is capable of reading through.
Reading such books requires a lot of time and effort, which is why there is no need to spend time reading second-rate literature — time is limited and precious.
Due to creative technologies, we may get access to millions of digitized books without leaving home and choose the best books, which fit our life and professional goals.
To find outstanding points in the endless variety of literature and define which book is to read next is hard work.
When you make the tough choice, you face a new challenge — a book has to be read effectively, thoughtfully, you need to accept what it may give.
Use Goodreads to exchange opinions and thoughts with other readers. Discuss a book with interesting dialogue partners.
Bookish web-services and social networks help us to do the following tasks: choose reading books upon a recommendation by experts of good literature and find dialogue partners for discussion of the books we’ve read.
How to Use Goodreads:
A Visual Tour Across Goodreads
A user`s profile
Every user of Goodreads fills out a profile of their own, which is a detailed portrait of a reader.
Books within a profile are situated on the bookshelves: there are shelves by the default Read, Currently Reading, To-Read, and Favorites.
A profile may be decorated in the form of book covers on upper virtual shelves. The remaining shelves are situated on separate pages and reflected either in the form of a list of books with information about each or in the form of book covers.
In a Goodreads profile, the following are reflected:
- Lists of favorite writers, genres, and quotes from books.
- Devices for reading a reader has (book reader, tablet, smartphone).
- List of friends.
- Updates page with actions of a user on the website.
Adding books to the bookshelves
In order to add books on the shelves, they need to be found in the Goodreads base, counting millions of books. A search is done in your name, author`s name, ISBN — international standard book number.
When you find a book you were looking for, you are to be consulted with a profile. All the details about a book are here: annotation, number of pages, date of publication, publishing, link to the list of editions of different years, short author`s profile with a link to his full profile, quotes, video. Аlso, you will find the feedback from Goodreads users about this book, feedbacks from your friends and book ratings.
You may add a book on any of the shelves. If desired, leave a comment or a whole analysis, give a mark about a book (from 1 to 5 stars), specify dates of beginning and ending reading, note friends’ names whom you would want to recommend the book.
Goodreads books in the special section are organized on a genre in the form of lists, created by users of social networks themselves. For example, The Best Books of XX century, Highly Anticipated Books of a Year, The Best Post-Apocalyptic Book, The best Books With Losing Screen Adaptation.
If you were unlucky to find a book in the base of Goodreads, you can add it in a manual way, indicate detailed data and upload pictured covers.
Friends’ pages and connections between users
When you mark a book or leave a comment, your friends see your actions. They may comment and add the books you mentioned on their bookshelves.
A page filter is easy to set up, so you are going to see those updates which are interesting to you.
Social connections between users of Goodreads do not rest here. There is an option to recommend books to friends, to exchange messages via inter-office mail and enter a group of interest for discussion of books and participation in surveys.
There is a social hierarchy in Goodreads: Those users who have placed more than 50 books in their profiles, have a right to become librarians. This status recipients can edit data on books and authors, make lists, replenish a catalog.
Updates on GoodReads can be published on Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, and Windows Live.
One who wishes to test other readers’ knowledge can have them take part in quizzes, consisting of questions about books and authors with options for answers. Quizzes can be created with no outside help and attract friends and other users to participate.
Goodreads on mobile devices
A service is available in the form of the mobile version of the website for iPhone and Android.
This is good news for not only smartphone owners but also for those who read books on Amazon Kindle: Data on books you have read or are reading now can be synchronized as can quotes from books between your accounts Kindle and Goodreads.
Love for books and affiliation with other readers prevails in Goodreads. Every book lover feels oneself like home here.
For example, the number of Russian-speaking users in Goodreads is not too big, but a community grows. This social network was chosen for filing a chronology of reading, searching for new books and exchanging feedback with each other.
About the author: Melisa Marzett stands out due to her nature-born talent to write. Writing for http://star-writers.com/, she enjoys the process very much of looking for sites to contribute to a guest article. Topics do not scare her off since she is curious by nature and eager to accept any challenge when it comes to writing.
Host blogger’s comments:
Although the headline boasts Goodreads is an excellent place to promote your books for free, you don’t have to have a book to use the site.
Hopefully, this post made it clear Goodreads is for everyone whether or not they need to know how to promote a book.
If Facebook groups are for like-minded bloggers, Goodreads is certainly for like-minded readers.
Readers, please share so other people discover the many uses for Goodreads.
I look forward to your answers in the comments section. Have you ever used Goodreads? Do you know how to promote a book using Goodreads?