If you love Goodreads, but your friends and associates are all on Facebook, it’s time to integrate the two as best as you can. This quick guide will show you how to get the most out of Goodreads on Facebook.
Now that Amazon owns Goodreads and is integrating the book-loving social network into Kindle Fire OS, more and more people are joining in with the fun. But just letting your book reviews and discussion sit over on Goodreads isn’t enough for most people. Many of us like to bring that information to where most of our friends will see it: Facebook.
It’s not just for personal use though, as Goodreads-Facebook integration also works really well for businesses, groups and authors. We’ll show you how!
Integrate Your Goodreads Profile With Your Facebook Timeline
This is the simplest step of them all. Go to the Goodreads Page on Facebook, click on the settings gear icon and choose to install the app. Then, connect your Goodreads profile with your timeline. Goodreads has created a presentation you can watch if you’re having trouble setting it up.
If at any time you need to adjust your settings, do so via the Goodreads user settings page. For instance, if you are sharing too many updates with Facebook and you’d like to minimise their number. You can also choose to add all of your existing Goodreads collection to Facebook using this settings tab. This will bring in a lot of data to Facebook and set up the book section of your timeline quickly.
Link Your Goodreads Group To Your Facebook Page
The above method of connecting Goodreads to Facebook is the first step for everything explained below. But not many people realise how further options work, even though it’s as simple as adding any other app, like Pinterest to a Facebook Page. First, you will need to have already created a Facebook Page for whatever purpose you have in mind. If you’re linking it to a Goodreads Group, create that in advance too.
You can always use the Goodreads app to connect another existing Facebook Page that you admin, however, each page can only be connected to one Goodreads item, such as a group or author page. Go to the Goodreads Page on Facebook, click the gear icon and choose “Add To Page” and choose the correct page from the list.
You can also reach this point via your Goodreads group, by clicking on the Moderator Tools & Guidelines, followed by the link to the Facebook Tab Page.
Once the app is added to the page, you need to navigate to that page in Facebook, click on the Goodreads tab and choose your settings. Note that if you click “Add To Page” and you don’t see the Facebook page listed, it’s because the app is already added to that page (or you’re not an admin anymore).
On the app tab on the Facebook Page, you now choose ‘Group Page’ and pick the relevant group from the list. Once connected, you can see all of your Goodreads group data clearly on the Facebook tab, such as discussions, bookshelves and more. It won’t post updates to your page, though. You will need to do all of your Facebook updates manually to cross-promote your Goodreads group.
Linking your Goodreads group to your Facebook Page is a neat way to keep a topic-based page active, relevant and interesting. You might also want to check out some other useful Facebook apps for Pages, more Facebook Tabs, and some of the most interesting Facebook Pages.
Promote Your Author Page Via Your Facebook Page
If you are a registered author on Goodreads and your account is connected to the author profile, you will see an option to promote your author profile, whereas regular users will only see an option to promote their user profile. Follow the same steps as above to connect a page to Goodreads, then choose the ‘Author Page’ option.
Promoting your author profile on your Facebook Page is a great way to show your author bio, which of your books are most popular, and your favourite books to read.
If you are not an author on Goodreads, it is still possible to promote your user profile on your Facebook Page. This can be a good way to show your reading taste to your followers.
Link Your Book To Your Facebook Page
If you have a Facebook Page dedicated to promoting or being a fan of a certain book, there’s a way to incorporate this too. Follow the steps previously given to connect Goodreads to a Facebook page, then choose to promote a ‘Book Page’ and give the ISBN for the book.
Now, if only Facebook would allow apps to integrate with groups. Then we could bring our secret Goodreads groups into our secret Facebook groups. Maybe one day.