Too be honest you are probably a bit disappointed in my posts. That is if you wanted this spectacular insight into how to synch your Kindle and your Goodreads account so that they are one. The honest truth is that the connection between the two platforms is severely limited. However, in my last post of this series (unless anyone wants to post suggestions for future posts) is to tell you how to access your Goodreads account directly from your Kindle. Unfortunately, this will not replace the need to use a web browser or app to access Goodreads. However, it could be useful for simple updates, or to find a new book.
To be honest I think there is a lot to be desired in the connection between Kindle and Goodreads. There is a lot that you cannot do between the devices. However, one of the best aspects is that you can have your Kindle automatically update a book to your "currently reading" shelf. When you finish reading it will automatically update the book to your "read" shelf and will add your rating. (If you need to connect your Kindle to your Goodreads account then check out this post.)
While I wish that there was a lot more interaction between Goodreads and Kindle this is still a very useful function. The best part is that you do not have to remember to go to Goodreads and remember to add the book that you started (or finished). It is waiting for you in your shelf so that you can add a review. It is also great if you are like me and read multiple books at one time. Since it automatically updates to currently reading I can go back and see what books I need to remember to finish. Am I the only one?
When you first open a Kindle book an about this book screen will pop up. This screen will tell you what book you are reading (although hopefully you already know that), the book description, the average time to read, the books in the series, and information about the author. In addition, there is a Goodreads switch that allows you to switch off the automatic update of marking the book as currently reading. If it is on then when you click off the about the book screen it will automatically update Goodreads. If it is off then they will not talk to each other.
When you reach the end of the book you are given a screen that allows you to update your rating for the book. This rating is updated on both your Amazon account and your Goodreads account. In addition you are given the option to update the shelf on your Goodreads account.
Before you get too excited the available list is extremely limited. It only allows you to move the book to: want to read, currently reading, read, or to remove it from your Goodreads profile. It will not allow it to move it to any custom shelf that you have created. This is a major limitation of the Goodreads and Kindle connection. You still need to log into the webpage or app version of Goodreads to really manage your books.
This is part of an ongoing series on organizing your books using Kindle. To see the entire series click on the category Kindle Organization.
For the next month I am going to be talking about how to integrate Goodreads into your actual Kindle. If there is something you are interested in specifically please leave me a comment. I will work it into the series.
How to Connect Your Kindle to Goodreads
1. Go to Your Kindle's Home Screen
To go to the home screen unlock your Kindle like you typically would. My home screen is currently set to only view collections. As you can see I have only four collections: Need to Review (this are read but not yet reviewed), Need to Reread (I read them more than a year ago and did not review them), Unread (I need to read them), and Reviewed. I delete the books I have reviewed off my Kindle to save space. However, I do keep them organized in this collection to keep track that they have been reviewed. If I want anything more specific than I will go to Goodreads and use my collections there.
2. Pull Up The Menu
3. Settings Menu
5. Add Your Goodreads Account
6. Goodreads on Kindle
7. Sign In