Did you know that you can now sync between Goodreads and LibraryThing? You don’t have to choose. Use both sites!
To sync, go to Import books from Goodreads.
If you’re signed into Goodreads an export file should download for you automatically; if it doesn’t, there are some fallback instructions on that page. Select the downloaded file using the “Choose File” button and click “Upload” to import it into LibraryThing.
Once you’ve uploaded your file, you’ll see a breakdown of the books in the file, displaying the total number of books, books already in your library, books without ISBNs, and the number of valid ISBNs.
- Choose sources: Source your data from Amazon or top libraries around the world.
- Collections: Drop books into a specific LibraryThing collection.
- Mass tagging: Add tags to everything.
- Handle books without ISBNs: Choose whether to import non-ISBN books.
Under “Handle duplicates,” you’ll see options to import duplicates again (i.e., create a whole bunch of duplicates), omit duplicates, or sync duplicates.
If you sync, you’ll see options depending on the differences between your Goodreads books and your LibraryThing catalog.
- Replace “date read” with imported info: “Date read” goes into LibraryThing’s “date finished.”
- Add shelves to existing tags: This adds your Goodreads “shelves” to LibraryThing as tags.
- For reviews, you can replace existing reviews or add new reviews if you haven’t yet posted a review on LibraryThing for those books.
- Replace ratings.
- Replace pages with imported data: This changes the “number of pages” in LibraryThing.
After this, click “Import books.” Old books sync immediately. New books are added to the import queue.