Goodreads experiences: Members versus non-members

Goodreads is a global online community for book lovers. It includes many features such as book reviews, profiles of authors, discussion forums, polls. The database is not only limited to English books; it also includes Malaysian books e.g. Karim Raslan, Fauziah Ashari, Love You Mr. Arrogant. Budding authors, take note! You could join the ‘Goodreads Author Program’ to reach a wider target of readers.

This post is a simple guide to the desktop version of Goodreads website. I will distinguish the experiences of a Goodreads member and those of a non-member.



How to search for a book without Goodreads login/membership

You don’t have to become a Goodreads member to search for details of books. Just type in the book title, author or ISBN in the search column located in the middle of the webpage. You could find the search column inside a red box in the attached image. Click on the image to get a better view.

What does a non-member get to do?

  • Get more details of a book (e.g. publication date, book covers, formats)
  • Read reviews
  • View discussions of a book
  • Check out author’s profile (including a list of published books)
  • Answer a trivia
  • Answer a quiz


There are already many great features provided for non-members. Why do you need to get an account?

Goodreads members get MORE benefits. Once a member is signed in, a dashboard will appear. As you can see in attached image, the search column is easily located in the main navigation bar (refer to red box). There is no need to scroll down the page.

Goodreads benefit

Advantages of becoming a Goodreads member

What are the extra advantages of a Goodreads membership? (refer to blue boxes)

  1. Keep track of the books that you ‘have read’, ‘are reading’ and ‘want to read’ (highlighted as #1 in blue font)
  2. Check out what your Goodread friends ‘are reading’ or ‘have read’ (refer to #2)
  3. Become a fan of your favourite authors and get their updates (refer to #3)
  4. Join discussions of a book (refer to #4)
  5. Get book recommendations from the website (refer to #5)
  6. Click on ‘Explore’ to (refer to #6)
  • Search in ‘Listopia’ for books with similar themes
  • Enter ‘Giveaways’ to win new books

Those aforementioned points are the features that I regularly use. Now that you have read and perhaps evaluate the different experiences, what have you decided? If you like using Goodreads, share this article with your friends!


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