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How to add a new book to the goodreads database

I get lots of blog inspiration from my email inbox. Today’s was from author Kirk Axelson, “How do I add my new book to the Goodreads catalog? And should I wait to do this until my book is available on Amazon?”

You can create your book’s page on Goodreads before it appears on Amazon. Goodreads lists where your book is available online and at what price.

To list your book, log into your Goodreads account and type the book title or the ISBN in the search box at the top. If it says that the title is not listed, click the link at the bottom to list it.

How to add a new book to the goodreads database

Sometimes your book will already have a listing but maybe some of the information is incomplete and the book cover isn’t shown. If you have an author profile and have claimed your books as your own, you should be able to edit those book pages. Click on the edit button shown here.

How to add a new book to the goodreads database

As the author of the book you should be able to make the changes you want. Note the warning at the top. Be very careful what you change. To upload a cover, use the button on the right.

How to add a new book to the goodreads database

And that’s it!

Goodreads is no longer the top dog when it comes to online book communities. Here are the best alternatives.

Goodreads boasts millions of users and a database full of even more books. People flock to the site to discover new titles to consume or catalog what they’ve already read. The platform offers countless useful features; for a time, users were content with it. That’s no longer the case, with many beginning to look elsewhere to fill their cataloging needs.

There are countless Goodreads alternatives that cater to book lovers’ different needs. Let’s look at some of them.

What Is Goodreads?

Goodreads is a social platform that caters to avid readers, book creators and consumers. It lets you create bookshelves and fill them with books you have written, read, or plan to read. It helps you keep a neat record of every title, and once you’ve read it, it allows you to share your thoughts on it. You can leave a review, give the book a star rating, and move on to the next.

You also get recommendations tailored to your specific tastes based on your shelves, and you have access to an established community of book lovers. You can also use the platform to set reading challenges for yourself for no reward other than your sense of accomplishment.

Goodreads has stagnated and many users are looking elsewhere for book communities. There are now many other options, all with features that match or surpass those of Goodreads. Book lovers can find a slew of apps designed to fit their needs. There are even apps designed for social reading.

1. StoryGraph

The StoryGraph platform is fairly new to the scene, as it officially released at the start of 2021. It’s praised as not only an alternative to Goodreads, but as the best option to replace the platform.

StoryGraph offers much more features when it comes to reviewing books, and the recommendations you get are better tailored as they take more factors into account. Its database has not yet reached the scale of Goodreads’, but it’s slowly getting there as more titles get added daily.

The platform also provides something Goodreads does not: a Did Not Finish button, turning not finishing a book into not such a big deal.

2. BookTrib

BookTrib is an interesting website as it establishes itself as a “Lifestyle Destination” for book lovers. The book cataloging platform provides news and allows its users to leave reviews. What sets it apart is the news aspect.

BookTrib offers various articles about pretty much everything book-related, and it goes pretty in-depth with what it covers. The platform also provides its members with a chance to do live chats with authors and even do book giveaways.

3. Book Browse

Book Browse markets itself as a magazine for book lovers and claims to be the people’s guide to exceptional books. It helps you find your next book and avoid being disappointed with it.

The platform is easy to use and has both free and premium content, which requires a subscription if you wish to access it. Hiding some of your best features behind a pay wall isn’t ideal, but it’s understandable. Book Browse offers access to book reviews and previews and even author interviews and reading guides.

4. LibraryThing

LibraryThing offers “a home for your books” and even calls itself the Facebook for books. It houses well over two million book lovers and allows you to store and share book catalogs, along with other book metadata.

It’s not only used by book readers and writers, but also by libraries and publishers. It’s similar to Goodreads as it allows you to catalog various books from various sources and has a social aspect to it. Still, it differs because, besides books, you can also track movies on the platform. LibraryThing lets you catalog your movies and music too, and it’s completely free.

5. Libib

Libib takes it a step further than only cataloging books. It also supports movies, music, and video games. It offers a website and an app, and it allows you to create a collection and then share it.

As a member, you create a profile that’s searchable to other members, so they can find you and look at your collections. You can even message people, as Libib’s messaging system is reminiscent of Twitter posts and how the communication flows there.

You’re free to catalog as much as you want, with a cap of 100,000 items, though it’s doubtful that you’ll even come close to reaching it. Libib is one of the best media cataloging systems out there, if not the best.

6. aNobii

If you have a blog, aNobii is the best place for you. The platform allows you to connect your blog to your profile after you register as a user. Other than that lovely perk, aNobii is pretty close to Goodreads in what it offers.

aNobii lets you create a book library that houses books you’ve read or wish to read. You can rate and organize books into categories, read and write reviews. The platform also lets you email contacts, invite your Facebook friends, or even upload your contact list. And, you can join groups and discussions and become a part of the community.

7. Revish

Revish has been around since 2007. It allows you to share your reading experiences and thoughts by writing reviews for titles you’ve read. It lets you make a reading list, which you can then share with your friends, so they can see what you have your eye on. Apart from a reading list, you can also maintain a reading journal, which helps you know what you were reading at any given time.

The Revish platform also encourages you to participate in groups and discussions and even create them. The website provides you with its API and widgets that help you add your Revish content to your blog or website if that’s something you want to do. Its design is a bit outdated, but it still does the job.

8. Riffle

Riffle is an excellent Goodreads alternative. Like Goodreads, Riffle lets you read and write reviews, as well as give ratings for what you’ve read. You can create shelves and lists and post questions if you have them. Its design is clean and fun, and the platform is easy to use.

Riffle has a strong focus on community and lets you make book recommendations. It states that it prefers people-made recommendations instead of computer algorithm chosen ones. It even has a feature that connects you to your local bookshop for title suggestions.

There’s More Out There Than Simply Goodreads

Goodreads is an excellent cataloging website. It helps you track your current reads, as well as everything you plan to consume in the future. Despite plenty of helpful features, the platform has a lot of shortcomings—issues that users have continuously raised (like the lack of a Did Not Finish button), but have never seen the light of day.

You may have had to put up with Goodreads a long time ago when there were no other options for cataloging your reading. But there are plenty of options today, so choose an alternative and move on.

Goodreads and StoryGraph are designed to help you track your reading and meet other book lovers. Which should you use?

How to add a new book to the goodreads database

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Book Track is the application built for iPhone, iPad and Mac to easily keep track of the books you have purchased and which you would like to read. Manage your personal collection and wish list, searching for books by name or author, doing a barcode scan or entering them manually. Digitizing your personal library has never been easier or faster.

The free version is limited to 20 books. It is possible to unlock unlimited books with a single in-app purchase. The Mac app requires a separate purchase.

ADD NEW BOOKS AND MANAGE YOUR COLLECTION

Book Track provides two lists to manage your books: the “Library” and the “Wish List”. Adding a new book to one of the two lists is very simple. You can search online by name, author or isbn code or you can easily scan the barcode and the app will search for the book for you.

If you don’t find a book online, you can always enter it manually by typing all the details and taking a picture of the cover. The app automatically recognizes the edges of the book and attaches the image to the description.

After adding a new book to the wish list, a quick link to Amazon will offer you the best deals to buy it at the best price.

ORGANIZE YOUR BOOKS WITH TAGS

Keep your library organized by assigning one or more tags to books. This way you can find them more easily using filters.

KEEP TRACK OF THE BOOKS YOU’VE READ

Each book you add to the collection can marked as read or as yet to be read. Book Track also allows you to modify the details of the book, such as the title, author, description, publisher, year of publication, genre and description. You can also leave a personal comment, so that you can review it at any time.

SYNCHRONIZED LIBRARY ON ALL YOUR DEVICES

Your library will be automatically synchronized on all your devices. No app registration is required to take advantage of this feature. It is sufficient to have iCloud enabled on your devices and synchronization will take place automatically and in real time whenever you add or remove a book from your collection.

IMPORT BOOKS FROM OTHER APPS OR SERVICES

To facilitate the transition to Book Track, you can import your library from other apps and services such as Goodreads, BookBuddy and Reading List.

EXPORT YOUR LIBRARY

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The Books category on ProgrammableWeb contains dozens of Application Programming Interface (or API ) listings in which developers may use to create applications with book data. These include APIs for libraries, textbooks, book sharing, book reviews, literacy, book printing and publishing, storytelling, photo books and more.

In this article, we highlight the most popular books APIs listed on ProgrammableWeb according to user page views.

1. Goodreads API

Goodreads has 10 million book reviews across 700,000 titles. The Goodreads API Track this API lets users display these reviews on their websites and applications. Use the Goodreads API to get the books on a shelf, get your friends’ updates, link to a book by ISBN or other method, get the URL for a book or author, get a members’ friends, look up a member by email address, and get reviews by ISBN.

2. Harry Potter API

The Harry Potter API Track this API can enable applications to return spell routes, character routes, house routes, and sorting hat routes from the popular children’s book series by author J. K. Rowling in JSON format. Parameters for characters include patronus, bloodStatus, school, wand, animagus, ministry of magic and others. The API is provided by developer Kristen Spencer.

3. Google Books API

Google Books is a repository that Google maintains with digitized books from around the world. Developers can use the Google Book Search Data API Track this API to submit full-text searches for books and get book information, ratings, and reviews. Also users may get individual users’ Library collections, public reviews. Users may also submit authenticated requests to create and modify library collections, ratings, labels, reviews, and more.

4. Poemist

Poemist is an online database of poets and poems. The Poemist API Track this API allows developers to access poetry data, including information on poets and poems. Currently the only completed API method is one that allows users to retrieve random poems.

5. IT Bookstore API

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6. Bible Gateway API

The Bible Gateway API enables users to display a Bible Verse of the Day on websites and applications.

7. Internet Archive API

Internet Archive is a non-profit that offers free online Library and repository with free books, music, movies, software, and websites. The Internet Archive REST API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality and content from Internet Archive with other applications. Some example API methods include pulling a user’s bookmarks, searching and retrieving search results, and accessing top level pages.

8. The New York Times Books/Best Sellers API

The New York Times Books/Best Sellers API provides data from all The New York Times best-seller lists including rank history for specific best sellers. Four request types are available: get a best-seller list, search best-seller lists, get the history of a best seller and get the names of Times best-seller lists.

9. Open Library API

Internet Archive is a non-profit that offers free online library and repository with free books, music, movies, software, and websites. The Internet Archive’s Open Library is an open repository of millions of books and book information. The Open Library REST API Track this API allows developers to interact with book records, cover images, subject listings, user lists, search-inside and more.

10. Opinionated Quotes API

The Opinionated Quotes API Track this API returns JSON formatted quotes from the requested author’s personal collection. This is a REST interface and supports random outputs. Parameters include author, tags, and language.

Check out the Books category for more than 140 APIs, plus hundreds of SDKs and other resources for developers.

Our API directory now includes 53 books APIs. The newest is the Readmill API, a social platform for eReaders which we recently covered. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Google Books API. We list 11 Google Books mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of books APIs.

How to add a new book to the goodreads database

How to add a new book to the goodreads database

In terms of the technical details, REST and XML lead the way. There are 44 books REST APIs and 8 books SOAP APIs. Our directory lists 35 books XML APIs and 21 books JSON APIs.

How to add a new book to the goodreads database

How to add a new book to the goodreads database

On the mashup side, we list 83 books mashups. We named Small Demons as mashup of the day in January. For reference, here is a list of all 53 books APIs.

bkkeepr API: Book reading social services. Track this API

Blurb API: Social book publishing Platform . Track this API

Bol.com API: Dutch online retail store.

Bookshare API: Accessible Books For Readers with Print Disabilities. Track this API

Goodreads API: Book search and social book services. Track this API

hon.jp API: Japanese eBook metadata service.

Library of Congress Subject Headings API: Access to the Library of Congress Subject Headings. Track this API

PubEasy API: Publishing and book sales information service. Track this API

Random House API: Book search and viewing service. Track this API

Readmill API: Online eBook discussion platform. Track this API

ReadSocial API: Social reading service for reading applications. Track this API

SendToReader API: Send web pages to Kindle devices. Track this API

SharedBook API: On-demand reverse publishing system. Track this API

Unglue.it API: Digital content relicensing service.

WorldCat xISBN API: ISBN and book edition linking service. Track this API

This topic describes how to add data or log files to a database in SQL Server by using SQL Server Management Studio or Transact-SQL.

In This Topic

Before you begin:

To add data or log files to a database, using:

Before You Begin

Limitations and Restrictions

You cannot add or remove a file while a BACKUP statement is running.

A maximum of 32,767 files and 32,767 filegroups can be specified for each database.

Security

Permissions

Requires ALTER permission on the database.

Using SQL Server Management Studio

To add data or log files to a database

In Object Explorer, connect to an instance of the SQL Server Database Engine and then expand that instance.

Expand Databases, right-click the database from which to add the files, and then click Properties.

In the Database Properties dialog box, select the Files page.

To add a data or transaction log file, click Add.

In the Database files grid, enter a logical name for the file. The file name must be unique within the database.

Select the file type, data or log.

For a data file, select the filegroup in which the file should be included from the list, or select to create a new filegroup. Transaction logs cannot be put in filegroups.

Specify the initial size of the file. Make the data file as large as possible, based on the maximum amount of data you expect in the database.

To specify how the file should grow, click (. ) in the Autogrowth column. Select from the following options:

To allow for the currently selected file to grow as more data space is required, select the Enable Autogrowth check box and then select from the following options:

To specify that the file should grow by fixed increments, select In Megabytes and specify a value.

To specify that the file should grow by a percentage of the current file size, select In Percent and specify a value.

To specify the maximum file size limit, select from the following options:

To specify the maximum size the file should be able to grow to, select Restricted File Growth (MB) and specify a value.

To allow for the file to grow as much as needed, select Unrestricted File Growth.

To prevent the file from growing, clear the Enable Autogrowth check box. The size of the file will not grow beyond the value specified in the Initial Size (MB) column.

The maximum database size is determined by the amount of disk space available and the licensing limits determined by the version of SQL Server that you are using.

Specify the path for the file location. The specified path must exist before adding the file.

By default, the data and transaction logs are put on the same drive and path to accommodate single-disk systems, but may not be optimal for production environments. For more information, see Database Files and Filegroups.

Click OK.

Using Transact-SQL

To add data or log files to a database

Connect to the Database Engine.

From the Standard bar, click New Query.

Copy and paste the following example into the query window and click Execute. The example adds a filegroup with two files to a database. The example creates the filegroup Test1FG1 in the AdventureWorks2012 database and adds two 5-MB files to the filegroup.

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You can read, download, or preview books on Google Books. If you find a book you want to read, you might be able to read it on Google Books, buy it online, or borrow it from a library.

Tip: Some books are provided by publishers, while others are scanned as part of the Library Project.

Important: Some of these features might not be available on mobile devices.

Try the new Google Books

  1. Go to Google Books.
  2. Search for any book.
  3. Click the book title.
  4. At the top left, click Try it now.

Go back to classic Google Books

  1. Go to Google Books.
  2. Search for any book.
  3. Click the book title.
  4. If you are viewing pages of a book, click Close .
  5. At the top, click Settings .
  6. Click Go back to classic Google Books.

Read or preview a book

  1. Go to Google Books.
  2. Search for the title, author, ISBN, or keywords. To search with filters, in the search box, click Advanced search. Learn how much of the book you can see.
  3. Click a title. Under the title, you can read or preview the book:
    • Read: If the book is available on Google Books, click Read for free.
    • Preview: If only part of the book is available, click Preview. Learn more about why you can’t see the full book.

Search within a book

  1. Go to Google Books.
  2. Search for the title, author, ISBN, or keywords.
  3. Click a title.
  4. Under the title, click Search inside.
  5. In the window, at the top, click Search in this book type your search click Search .

Buy, borrow, or download a book

  1. Go to Google Books.
  2. Search for the title, author, ISBN, or keywords.
  3. Click a title.
  4. To buy or borrow a book. Under the title, click Get the book.
    • Buy: Under “Buy Print,” or “Buy Digital” you might see providers where you can buy the book. Click a provider to purchase a book from their site.
    • Borrow: Under “Borrow” you might see libraries nearby that have print books, eBooks, or Audiobooks. If you don’t see any libraries, enter a city or zip code.
      • You can also search in different libraries using Search WorldCat.
      • You can search for other editions when you click Any edition.
  5. To download a book, under the title, click Download PDF.
    • Not all books are available for download.

Cite a book

  1. Go to Google Books.
  2. Search for the title, author, ISBN, or keywords.
  3. Click a title.
  4. Under “About this edition,” click Create citation.
  5. Choose your citation format Copy.

Add a book to your library

To add a book to your library from a computer:

  1. Go to Google Books.
  2. Search for the title, author, ISBN, or keywords.
  3. Click a title.
  4. Under the title, click Add to my library.

To get to your library, next to “Search Google books,” click My library .

Keep track your booklist & reading notes in 1 place

How to add a new book to the goodreads database

Feb 28, 2020 · 5 min read

I’ve always been an avid reader and I love reading about startups, business, & mindset. I wanted to be able to track my reading list, notes, and progress.

Today, I will share my steps on how to create your own book tracker.

How to add a new book to the goodreads databaseBooks I’ve done from 2017 to 2020

Before this, I used Goodreads to track my reading progress. I also tracked my book notes on a separate Google Doc. However, I wanted a solution that combines both.

✅ To begin, I list down parts I want to build

  • Track reading progress
  • Record reading notes
  • Sort reading list by category
  • Include a cover image for each book entry
  • Track number of times a book read by date

👉Template & tutorial is available on Notion TrackerSuite

Go to Notion and sign up for a free account.

✅ Getting started

  • Start a new workspace in Notion
  • Name your document “Book Reading Tracker”
  • Create a database by choosing the “Gallery” option

How to add a new book to the goodreads database

Notion will create sample data in your Gallery. You might want to delete the sample entries including property “Created” and “Tags” per card entries to start from scratch.

Fill up the book titles in each of the “Untitled” areas. Click the “+ New” button to add a new entry. For example:

How to add a new book to the goodreads database

👉 Template & tutorial is available on Notion TrackerSuite

Next, add a book cover image for each of these books. This will make your reading tracker visually richer in each of these card displays.

✅ Create an image property

To attach an image in your book entry, go to any card block,

  • Right-click on “Property”
  • Select a Property Type > “Files & Media”
  • Rename the property as “Image”

How to add a new book to the goodreads database

✅ Embed book image link

  • Google a book cover photo, copy the photo link by Image Address
  • Paste it into your “Image” using “Embed link” option
  • Click “Embed link”

How to add a new book to the goodreads database

✅ Show book image via Properties

By default, the embedded book image doesn’t show up in the Gallery unless you customize it. To display the book cover image:

  • Go to “…” icon near the top right “New” icon
  • Select “Properties” from the dropdown
  • Click on “Card Preview” and select “Image”

You can also edit your Card size by “Small”, “Medium” or “Large”

How to add a new book to the goodreads database

I love to organize my book list with relevant themes. It helps me to identify a specific knowledge area I’ve studied and what books to read next. In this case, I’ve used tagging.

✅ Add a tagging property

  • Click “+ Add a Property”, right-click on “Property”
  • Select a Property Type > “Multi-Select”
  • Rename the property as “Category”

How to add a new book to the goodreads database

✅ Create your category tags

  • Go to “Category” field and start typing your category
  • Hit enter to save a tag, create more tags if you want
  • You can also change the color of the tags

How to add a new book to the goodreads database

You can also enable your Category to display on the Gallery using the Properties settings in Step 3.

How to add a new book to the goodreads database

I created a “Progress Code” property to track my reading progress. For example, 2019 #07 means the sixth book in the year of 2020. An entry that contains 2 progress codes means it’s been read 2 times.

You can also enable your Progress Code to display on the Gallery using the Properties settings in Step 3.

How to add a new book to the goodreads database

👉 Template & tutorial is available on Notion TrackerSuite

Adding a “Done Date” can enhance searchability. For example, I can sort my reading list by the year 2019, 2018 or 2017. You can create a “Date” property to track this parameter:

How to add a new book to the goodreads database

👉 Template & tutorial is available on Notion TrackerSuite

One way to use this book tracker is to use the filter/sort in Notion. You can search for a specific book based on the parameters we’ve set: book titles, category, progress, done date, etc.

✅ Filter reading list by category

Let’s filter a list of books that are related to the money category,

  • Go to “…” icon near the top right “New” icon
  • Select “Filter” from the dropdown
  • Set: “Category” — “Contains” — “Money”

How to add a new book to the goodreads database

✅ Sort reading list by category

Let’s clear the Filter and try to Sort the book list by book titles.

  • Go to “…” icon near the top right “New” icon
  • Select “Sort” from the dropdown
  • Set: “Name” — “Descending”

How to add a new book to the goodreads database

I take reading notes in the forms of key lessons, framework & inspiration. In this reading tracker, I can simply type my book notes within each book I track: