Where do Goodreads get book titles from

Register a new book in the Goodreads database

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    Use the "Add a new book to the Goodreads database"-Link to add your book.

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    Bring the book near your computer. You need a few things straight out of the book. If you don't have a copy of that particular book on hand, it's good to know that Goodreads allows you to copy information from WorldCat and Amazon as long as you have the ISBN or ASIN of the book edition. In principle, you cannot take any information from the Amazon competitor Barnes and Noble. Accordingly, you cannot use it to add a new book (e.g. for the Nook version of one of your books).[2]

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    Enter the title of your new book in the "title" field.Even if the page tool does a secondary verification search to see if the book exists and provides comparable results, take a moment to double-check the list. Determine if any comparable results can be found. If you think the book title is a hit but are not entirely sure, right-click the search result and either click "Open link in new window" or "Open link in new tab".
    • When the book is part of a volume or series, this titling can get interesting. Add a space after the book title, then the volume number in brackets. (Eg Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets should be specified as "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, # 2)" (although this book is already in the database, so do not use this example as a real entry for one brand new book [3].))
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    Scroll down the list until you see the "Sort by Title" field.Re-enter the title as if flipping through an ancient library catalog. You can omit articles like a, an, the or ein, der, die etc., just enter the rest of the text.[4]A title named "A New Light" would only be listed as "New Light".
    • Book entries that are part of a series must be given special treatment. Instead of following the last word, put it after the last words at the end of the title. (For example, "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" would be sorted as "chamber of secrets (Harry Potter, # 2), harry potter), not as" chamber of secrets, harry potter (Harry Potter, # 2) ".) Be but be aware that new editions of existing books should already have the correct "sort by" field entered if you want to add a new edition.
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    Enter the author name in the "author" input field.As described in the New Book Entry Page, authors are entered as they appear on the front of the book. If, however, different sources of verification disagree with regard to the order or if there is no verifiable cover, you can list them in alphabetical order.[5]. With different formatting of author names, however, the name formatting will depend on your particular case, few situations will ever be the same with brand new books that are not yet in the database.
    • The very first author should be the only lead author of the book. No other authors should be listed in the first Author text box. Make sure that you are entering the name with the correct capitalization (the capitalization should never look like the one on the book if the author's name is there in all capital letters, it should instead be written as if it were the official name entry on a form) . Make sure to include the names starting with the first name, followed by a space, then the middle name (if there is one), then a space, and finally the last name. This will help the Goodreads librarians link the books (should they actually find out that it is a separate edition from a pre-registered edition of an existing book).
    • Authors using their initials should be listed with no spaces between the name letters, but with a period after each individual initial. (J. L. Roth should be listed in the field as something like "J.L. Roth".)
    • If the author uses their middle name as an initial, follow the rules for initials in the substep immediately above. (If you include your initial, enter it followed by a comma and a space, again followed by a space and your last name. If you are providing your full middle name, enter it as it was written in the field instead).
    • Names with titles or degrees should be included in the list, but they must never be entered in the author name field itself. Unless it is necessary to avoid confusion or because it is a well-known stage name (such as "Dr. Seuss"). (However, Dr. Doug B. Hornet should be listed as "Doug B. Hornet").
    • Name additions should be entered after the surname separated by a space.
    • Additional authors (such as editors, audio book speakers, etc.) should be entered in separate entries in new lines. Select the author type for the book using the field that appears after you click the "Add role" link next to the author name field. Although you can select many different classes of author types from the drop-down menu, there is also a fillable field that can be accessed if the author role is not listed.
    • If there is more than one author, there is a link directly below this field asking for the additional authors. Enter as many as you can see on the book cover by clicking the "Add author" link as many times as necessary.
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    For books such as the Bible (any type of Bible) or traditional stories without a name, or for a book that lists the only official author as "Anonymous", enter "Anonymous" in the Author field.[6] If there is any ambiguity about the author's name and it cannot be determined in the book or on the Internet (through reputable sources), list the author as "Unknown".[7]

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    Upload the front cover image into the field just below "Add a cover image for this book". While it's okay to use your own photo of the same book that you have handy, Amazon book images can also be used, as long as they're not just standard Goodreads or Amazon images, or a different edition book of the same name. (The standard images from Goodreads look like a brown book with a title and author as text. It's best to look at Amazon under the ASIN or ISBN before looking for the title).[8]

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    Enter the ISBN or ASIN (Amazon's own identification number). From one library to the rest of the reading community here on wikiHow: Goodreads wants regular paperback and hardcover books to be listed under ISBN or ISBN-13, and ASINs to be used only for Kindle and Audible books.[9] Use ISBN numbers for everything else, but you can still research books on Amazon using the ASIN number.[10]. Click the "Click for ASIN" link to switch the field to ASIN mode.

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    Add the publisher and the date of publication (year, month, day - text, drop-down, text) of the book in the fields provided. (While the publisher name can be found in the book on the publisher's details or on the front page or on Amazon itself using an ISBN number search in the search bar, it is best to use the publication date that Amazon gives you). Make sure, however, that you use the correct punctuation and capitalization of the publisher's name as it is listed there. [11] If there is no data or if it cannot be extracted from WorldCat, you can use the copyright year and leave the rest of the data blank for the publication date. However, this should only be the "last resort".[12].

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    Enter the number of pages of the book in the "number of pages" field.Goodreads basically counts all pages in the book for page count, with the exception of advertisements for other books or preview chapters. You can also find this information on Amazon for the specific USP of the issue. Other types of book are treated separately and vary widely.[13][14].
    • For digitally read books (or various types of audio books such as audio CDs, audio cassettes, Audible Audio, CD-ROM, and MP3-CDs), take the information you get from the ISBN and round up the number of hours to the nearest hour and insert the number as the number of pages. Don't try to guess the real book pages of an audiobook. Even if the audiobook is only a minute or two long, round it up to the nearest full hour. [15] (If a book lasts 3 minutes according to the list, then the number of pages should be given as 1, since the next full hour after the 3 minutes is 1 hour).
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    Click the drop-down menu to select the format for the book you are currently holding.Mostly it will be "Hardcover", "Paperback" or "Kindle book" (instead of "eBook", if it was purchased from the Amazon Kindle Store, or instead of "Audio CD" or even "Audible Audio", but there are many other formats available in this list).[16]
    • Be especially careful with the eBooks. If purchased directly from one of the companies that sell eBooks (Amazon, Barnes and Noble), they should not be listed as an "ebook" if the appropriate formats are already on the list. There are others with similar format practices, but often they are not recognized or are uncommon. Still, they must be used. If the book is not from a major retailer (Amazon, Barnes and Noble), you will need to select "eBook" from the list.[17]
    • If you cannot determine the format, you have to select "Unknown Binding". Be careful not to select "Unbound" as the two options look similar but refer to completely different things.
    • Often confused are among other things. also the formats "paperback" with "mass market paperback", "library binding" with "hardcover", "CD-ROM" or "MP3-CD" with "audio CD". Care must be taken accordingly.
    • If the current format is not available, click the "Other" link and enter the format manually in the text field.
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    Add the edition number if the book has more than one edition or is an entry with special edition information. This field is only intended for special information (holiday edition, 2nd edition etc.). This should be entered as it appears on or in the book cover.

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    Enter the "official url" for the book, if available. This field is optional and should be used if there is an author or publisher page describing this book. A fan page, library, or other page about the book should never be listed here.[18]

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    Copy the book description from Amazon's own specific description of the book or insert the words from the back of the book as they appear there.(Unless there are reviews on the back of the book, which you can omit in the description field). This description field is crucial if additional requirements should appear. They are carried over from one edition to the next without even asking the person who added the new edition. If there is no data on this page for the description, you can copy it word for word from the back of the book or the book cover[19].
    • Even if it rarely happens: If you still have no data for this field, you can write a summary yourself without entering spoilers or images or links to external pages in the field.
    • In certain cases you can find the data on Wikipedia, but the exact link must be inserted in the description field to explain where the information comes from.
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    Scroll your eyes and the page down a bit and select the language in which the book is written in the drop-down menu below the description. While the default selection at the top of the list is English (since English is the most widely used language for book entries on Goodreads), the language depends on the language in which the book was written. (If the book is, for example, the translation of an English book into Portuguese, then "Portuguese" must be selected as this is the language of the book).[20]

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    Look under the "Work Settings" label to find three fields (for non-librarians) to fill out.While optional, submitting this information will help those looking for a book with differing information or a new edition with drastically different information.
    • Enter the original title and release dates using the same formatting used in the Title and Release Dates fields above in case the very first release dates are very different from the current one. Most of the time, the original publication date will be the earliest copyright date shown on the book title / publication dates page on the first few pages of the book.[21]
    • Be careful with the "media type" field. While it can be your "best friend" if it is anything other than a book, if you accidentally choose "not a book" it can become your worst enemy. For more information on what is not a book or something other than the books that are most commonly used, please visit here. The "not a book" option will now appear on every account created, even if it should only appear to Goodreads Librarians.
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    Even if long-term users are exempt, everyone else must fill out the field.

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    Scroll down to the bottom of the page (or press the key on your keyboard) and click on "Create book" to add a new book.