How to Sign Up for Goodreads

Are you ready to start organizing your literary collection on Goodreads?  The first step is to sign up for an account on the website.

How to create a Goodreads account

  1. Go to in your web browser.

  2. Look for the section near the top labelled "New Here?  Create a Free Account!"  Click in each of the boxes here and type in your name (you can use just your first name or a generic user name if you're concerned about privacy), your email address, and a password for your account.  Then click Sign Up.

  3. On the next screen, you will be able to see if anyone you know already uses Goodreads by having Goodreads check your contact lists in your email and/or social media accounts.

    Click on the button that corresponds with the type of email and/or social media account(s) you use to import your contacts; you will probably have to log into each service that you want to import your contacts from.  If you don't want to import any contacts right now, click Skip This Step.

  4. On the next screen, you'll be asked to tell Goodreads some of your favourite genres of books.  This will help Goodreads give you recommendations on books that you might want to read next.

    Click on a genre to mark it with a checkmark and select it.  Click on a genre that's already marked to unmark it.  You must mark at least one genre as a favourite to continue.  When you've marked all of the genres that you want to add to your favourites, click Continue at the bottom of the screen.

  5. The next screen allows you to further refine your recommendations from Goodreads by rating books that you've already read.  You'll get recommendations when you rate 20 or more books.

    You can see the number of books that you've rated so far in the top-left corner.  In the left column, you can click on a genre to see popular books from that genre, or click in the search box and type in a book title or author that you're looking for.  In the main screen, you can click on one of the stars underneath a book to give it a rating out of five, or click Want to Read in order to add it to your list of books to read (or re-read).  When you're done, click I'm Finished Rating.

  6. On the next screen, you will see recommendations for new books to read from Goodreads (if you have rated enough books to have any).  We'll go over these in more detail in our How to Use Goodreads tutorial.  For now, click Done Here?  See What's Next!

  7. You'll be taken to your main screen on Goodreads  You will have received a confirmation email from Goodreads.  Go to your email account that you used to sign up for Goodreads, and click on the email titled "Goodreads – Verify your Email Address".  Click the first blue link that you see.

  8. You will be taken back to your main interface on Goodreads, where you will receive a message that your email address has been verified.

Congratulations!  You're ready to use Goodreads!