What is a shared library?

A shared library is the sum of all books you and your close friends have. Whenever you start following a close friend, the books your friend owns will become part of your virtual library.

How does a book get shipped?

It doesn’t. GoHardcover is an online tool for offline networks. Friends, family members, and coworkers with common interests can exchange books if they share common locations and avoid the environmental consequences generated through packaging and shipment.

How do I add a book?

1. Go to MyBooks and press the top right barcode icon.

2. Use the camera to scan the ISBN code available on the book cover, or press the keyboard icon to type in the ISBN code.

How do I find my friends?

1. Go to the home screen.

2. Press the FindReaders button.

3. Type their complete email into the search bar.

How do I invite my friends?

1. Go to the home screen.

2. Press the AddReaders button.

3. Choose Contacts or Invite via Email or Message. Your friends will receive a link to your profile, so they can follow you or browse through your book collection.

How do I share my profile?

1. Go to the home screen.

2. Press on your avatar to go to your profile screen.

3. Press the share button at the top right of the screen.

4. Once the popup opens, let friends scan your QR code, download the QR code, print it, or share it for your friends to see on social media or send them a direct link by pressing the share button.

How do I recommend a book?

1. Click on one of the books you want to recommend.

2. Once the book preview screen opens, click on the top right share icon.

3. Choose any of the communication means you prefer, email or messaging app.

The message will contain a link to the book.

What are tags, and how do I tag a book?

Currently, all books are borrowable for your very close friends and family members. When you no longer need a book, you can tag it as swappable if you want to exchange it for another or giveaway if you wish to give it to your friends for free.

1. Go to MyBooks.

2. Press the small borrow or giveaway icons present on the book card.

How do I borrow a book?

1. Go to the Library screen.

2. Tap on the book you want to borrow.

3. Press the Get A Copy button.

4. Choose one of the options from the list of all available instances.

5. Tap the Request button.

6. The book owner receives a notification containing the book request.

7. The owner of the book can accept or reject your request.

How do I return a book?

The owner needs to go to the BookRequests page to mark the book as returned for it to become available again.

How do I swap a book?

1. Make sure you have at least one book tagged as swappable to offer as a replacement.

2. Go to the library and find a book you like that has swappable instances available.

3. Tap on the book cover to open the preview.

4. Press the Get A Copy button

5. Choose one of the instances that has the swappable tag set.

6. Tap the Request button and choose the Swap option.

7. A list with your swappable books opens. Choose the books you want to offer as replacement options and press the request button.

8. The book owner will receive a notification containing your request.

9. Once the request is accepted, the books will transfer ownership but still be part of the shared library.

How do I give away a book?

1. Tag the books you no longer need as a giveaway.

2. From the list of available instances, one can pick the giveaway option.

3. If the owner accepts the request, the book will change ownership but still be part of the shared library.

How do I import my books from Goodreads?

1. Check the Goodreads documentation on how to export your books.

2. Go to MyBooks and press the upload icon.

3. Select the CSV file Goodreads provided for you.

4. Once the import finishes, you will see the imported books in your collection.