So you want to delete your Goodreads account. Maybe you’re sick of rating books, or your TBR is too much to handle. Perhaps it doesn’t feel like a safe space, or you don’t want Amazon’s mitts on your reading data. Could be you’ve found a better way to track your reading or you’re just sick of social media. Whatever the reason, I am here to help—because it’s not as easy as clicking a button! See below for webpage and mobile instructions for how to delete Goodreads account, as well as alternatives you may want to look into.
Delete Goodreads Account via the Goodreads Webpage
- Log in to your account
- Click your profile picture, a drop-down menu will appear. Click “Account settings”
- This will bring you to your Profile page. From there, click “Settings” (next to “Profile” and located at the top of the page)
- Scroll down. At the bottom of the page, beneath the “Save account settings button,” you’ll see the words “delete my account.” Click those words
- You’ll be taken to a page that looks like this:
- Choose whether or not to keep your discussion posts (anonymously). This option is automatically chosen and must be opted-out of by clicking the blue checkbox
- Click “Delete My Account”
- One last chance to change your mind!
- Click “OK”
Delete Goodreads Account via the Goodreads App
- Log in to your account
- Click the menu bar button (three horizontal lines next to “Updates”)
- Click “Settings” at the bottom of the menu bar
- Click “Account Settings.” (You may be asked to confirm your password)
- Click “Account”
- Click “Delete my account”
- Choose whether or not to keep your discussion posts (anonymously). This option is automatically chosen and must be opted-out of by clicking the green “on” button. Click “Delete my account” again
- One last chance to change your mind! Click “Yes, delete my account”
Still interested in rating or cataloging your books, but not on Goodreads? Here’s a list of Goodreads alternatives that Rioter Amanda posted back in 2013. The post is a bit outdated, but still has a lot of good options. Here are the sites listed that no longer exist: Shelfari, weRead, The Reading Room, Booklamp, Reader2, Thirdscribe, and Slice Bookshelf. My personal favorite is LibraryThing—a little more customizable and data-focused than Goodreads.
Since then, we’ve also discovered Litsy, the app that Rioter Brenna describes as “if Instagram and Goodreads had a perfect baby.” You can also take matters entirely in your own hands and keep a reading spreadsheet and/or catalog your book collection.
Have other tips or suggestions? Share them in the comments!