News from NetGalley

Happy Thanksgiving!

Update:
We want to thank all of our members and publishers for sharing your gratitude last week. Your posts on Twitter and Facebook using #thankspublishers reached over 450,000 people and clearly demonstrated how amazing the NetGalley community is!

Curious to see what others said? Click to view comments from both members and publishers on Twitter and Facebook – and if you haven’t already, feel free to join the fun!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

It’s our tradition to take a moment at Thanksgiving to thank you for your loyalty and support.

We are grateful to have a dedicated community of readers, reviewers, recommenders, and book-champions. Look below to see the impact NetGalley members have in making new books successful!

You can pass the Thanksgiving goodwill along by thanking publishers who use digital galleys. Post a thank you message on our Facebook page, or on Twitter using #thankspublishers. We’ll collect and share each “thank you” on your behalf.

Because of you…

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  • The NetGalley community is now over 210,000 members!
  • Since the start of 2014, nearly 1,500,000 books have been read through NetGalley.
  • Nearly 400,000 reviews and recommendations have been submitted so far this year.

Your participation in NetGalley has helped to place great books in bookstores, academic courses, schools and libraries across the country. And perhaps most importantly, enthusiastic readers like yourself have discovered new books, fallen in love with spell-binding stories, learned about a timely or relevant topic, and become life-long fans of new authors.

It’s a pleasure and a privilege to help you discover new books. On behalf of our team (and the 300+ publishers and hundreds of authors who use NetGalley), thank you!

All best,
Tarah Theoret
Community Manager, NetGalley

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NetGalley Member Initiatives:

I bet you didn’t know we did all this!

Here’s a quick round-up of how NetGalley is working with our member communities right now.

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To help members build their blog audience (and get more attention from publishers and authors), we’ve introduced a new series in our email newsletters, social media and blog, highlighting bloggers who are “model” NetGalley members. Bloggers are chosen based on their genre interests, NetGalley account activity and blog traffic. View a sample here and let us know in the comments if you have a member you’d like to nominate as our next spotlight!

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NetGalley recently took over administration of the Book Blogs Ning at http://bookblogs.ning.com/. This active Ning site has over 24,000 bloggers, authors and publicists. We’ll be managing the site separately from NetGalley.com for the foreseeable future, and looking at ways to interact with this community through forums, groups and events.

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Our reader survey is still open (click here)! We’re gathering information on features and tools members like best, downloading habits and ideas for the future. Please share the survey with your coworkers or peers who use NetGalley!

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We are working with the New York City School Library System (NYCLS) to promote their annual conference in NYC in November through a special email round-up. We will be coordinating with the publishers who are exhibiting to help showcase their titles to all NYCLS and NYLA members attending.

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We have  a lot to talk about with our ABA bookselling members, so we’re planning a special communication to them in early October. In addition to being able to nominate titles for the Indie Next list, and opting in to receive the exclusive Digital White Box email, ABA booksellers can now add their ABA member number to their NetGalley profile.

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We regularly explore our member database to identify members who could use a little help using NetGalley. This might be members who download but don’t provide feedback; members with incomplete profiles, or more. We also use NetGalley profile information and account history to reward members, too: for example we just did a special promotion for members who use our “tag as favorites” tool to connect with top-favorited publishers.

We welcome your ideas and suggestions about ways we can connect with readers.

Happy Reading!
Tarah Theoret, Community Manager

 

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Did you miss BEA? NetGalley to the rescue!

Last week the publishing world convened in New York for BookExpo America—the largest book trade fair in the U.S. BEA is an annual event that gives publishers an opportunity to launch their biggest upcoming titles and meet with colleagues across the publishing industry. NetGalley attends BEA to connect face-to-face with our members and publisher clients to share information about new features on the site and reminders about how to get the most out of your NetGalley account.

This year our Concierge Team met with over 50 publishers to help them better connect with readers on NetGalley. From independent presses and authors to the Big 5, we had fun hearing which books they’re most excited about, and gave them lots of ideas for utilizing NetGalley in their campaigns. We encouraged them to customize their new Publisher Profiles—readers, go ahead and “favorite” the ones you love!

Tarah, your Reader Concierge, also met with many NetGalley members. During these meetings members had the opportunity to ask questions about using their accounts, how they can utilize their account best for their specific member type and previewing needs, and also a quick profile review to make sure they have the best possible chance of being approved by publisher for titles.

These meetings also focused on the NetGalley Wellness Challenge theme: “Do you book talk?” Tarah shared information about what publishers are looking for when you submit Feedback, so they can see how NetGalley members are building buzz to help launch new books. Learn our tips by participating in our Wellness Challenge—if you haven’t signed the Pledge, there’s still time! Pledge to submit meaningful feedback for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to the book retailer of your choice.

Don’t miss next week’s Wellness Challenge Webinar (click to register), where Tarah will review the basics of leaving feedback, what types of feedback are the most valuable, and common themes she came across during her meetings with readers.

Now, let’s get back to the books! Whether you were at BEA in person or spirit, you still have a chance to snag the featured titles. Check out our BookExpo America Wrap-Up where we roundup titles hand-picked by our publishers because they don’t want you to miss them. Plus, read excerpts from the biggest books of the season (and click through to full titles on NetGalley) in the BUZZ BOOKS (Adult and Young Adult). Just click the covers to download instantly!

  

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NetGalley is going to BookExpo America – we hope to see you there!

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Every spring publishers, authors, booksellers, librarians, book bloggers, and publisher and/or book services, such as NetGalley, pilgrimage to BEA to meet those new to the industry, to see old friends, and to be part of the conversation in publishing today.

Make sure to add these events to your Conference Planner:

  • Thursday, May 29, 2014, 2:00 – 2:50pm in Room 1E09:
    Panel: <a “””href=”http://bea14.mapyourshow.com/5_0/sessions/sessiondetails.cfm?ScheduledSessionID=1E&CFID=35276172&CFTOKEN””” =d352589a1307b95-47730649-D2ED-6875-8CA8B1221A8F57B2″ target=”_blank”>Creating eBook Bestsellers–Marketing Tips & Tricks for Publishers & Authors
    Speakers: Kelly Peterson, Erin Gorham, Nathan Maharaj, & Susan Ruszala (NetGalley President)
  • Friday, May 30th 9-11am in Meeting Room 214:
    Booksellers – stop by the ABA Lounge to meet with Tarah Theoret, NetGalley’s Reader Concierge
  • All Conference:
    Stop by the NetGalley/Firebrand booth located in the Digital Zone (booth #2257) to meet us and to pick up a button!

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If you won’t be attending BEA we have created materials that you can utilize to enhance your use of NetGalley:

*Read more about the NetGalley Wellness Challenge here.

We hope to see you in New York!

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Connect with publishers (and their books!) on NetGalley

Unlike an online bookstore where visitors interact primarily with BOOKS, NetGalley members have always had a distinct relationship with PUBLISHERS via the site. After all, it’s the publisher who decides when or if to make a title available for request, approves or declines member requests, and auto-approves members. While we, of course, also promote books (and while most members find titles through category browsing), it has long been our intention to deliver a showcase of all a publisher’s titles via the NetGalley platform. Today we’re delighted to announce that the first set of features is live, in a redesigned Browse Publisher section of the site.

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Members can click any publisher name to:

  • View logo, summary, approval preferences and social media links.
  • Add a publisher as a “favorite.” When members are browsing the full list of publishers, their list will be personally annotated with special icons for their favorite publishers, or publishers who have auto-approved them.
  • View recently added titles; most requested; AND titles previously on NetGalley which are now archived. This is a quick way to see titles that were promoted on NetGalley and to purchase a title if you missed it while it was available for request.
  • We’ve seen a growing trend of members who search for private or archived titles that they EXPECT to find on NetGalley, and this feature meets that previously unfulfilled demand. Plus, we’ve added a way that publishers can feature NetGalley member reviews (with appropriate credit to the reviewer) on any title detail page on NetGalley—making the archived title pages more valuable as a source for consolidated feedback from the community.

We expect all of these features to evolve over time, as we measure usage and hear from publishers and readers (for example, to include notifications to readers when their reviews are added.) You can read the full press announcement here.

Don’t forget, members can always share reviews with their personal Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn communities via NetGalley at any time. Enjoy!

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Recap: London Book Fair 2014

If the atmosphere at this year’s London Book Fair was a little more subdued than 2013, it was probably due in part to this being the final time it will be held at the iconic Earls Court exhibition centre. It will be sorely missed when it is demolished to make way for more houses. But enough of nostalgia, the London Book Fair is all about the future – what is coming up and what is going to be hot in the forthcoming years. And there was lots of excitement around the halls.

There has been an appreciable but significant shift in perspective over the last year or so. Many people from all aspects of the industry appear to be more positive about the state of the bookworld. On the eve of the fair, Tom Weldon – CEO of Penguin Random House UK – challenged the nay-sayers and doom merchants, telling them that publishing was rude health rather than in deep decline. We shall see who was right!

There were some brilliant author talks – Jim Crace and Evie Wyld especially – as well as a huge array of industry panels and seminars. What was interesting to us at NetGalley was just how many of them were centred on book discovery, and how to get more people to find and recommend titles. This was also the subject of my presentation – Book Discoverability, what indie authors can teach mainstream publishers and vice versa – which was very well attended, despite taking place at 5.30pm when most people are usually in the bar!

There was no ‘book of the fair’ this year – the title that gets everyone talking and everyone’s chequebook out – which is usually a good sign. For me though, the great excitement is always walking through the halls finding out what is coming soon from both the big and the small publishers. The sight of new books by David Mitchell and Sarah Waters really caught my eye, as did a colouring book devoted to Benedict Cumberbatch – there really is every kind of book under the sun at LBF!

It was great to catch up with NetGalley publishers and show them the exciting developments planned for the site over the coming months, and as always, a delight to see so many NetGalley members there. I do hope to see you again next year –this time at Olympia!

– Stuart Evers, UK Community Manager

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Today starts School Library Month in the US, but at NetGalley we want to recognize all of our 18,000+ librarian members across the globe for their dedication to books and those who love to read them. We know librarians have a unique role in the success of a title, and your recommendations are often priceless to reluctant and voracious readers alike. That personal moment between a librarian and a patron is so unique, and we want to help you create more of this opportunities by providing you with easy and quick access to new titles.

Ways librarians can utilize NetGalley:

As a NetGalley member you have access to many tools and features, and below are the ways librarians can use NetGalley to their advantage:

  • Request titles from the catalog that interest you.
  • Receive invitations from publishers to access their titles instantly.
  • Get notified of new titles in your favorite genres by selecting your Preferred Categories in your Profile. Click here for more profile suggestions.
  • Submit Feedback (reviews, ratings, notes, links, recommendation plans. Though you may not be leaving full reviews, please know that publishers appreciate any feedback you provide, such as if you will be purchasing the title for your collection, or if the title will be used in any special programs (such as a book club), etc. Here are more tips for leaving librarian feedback.

Spread the word!   

Have you found NetGalley helpful in discovering and reading new titles? Have you cultivated any publisher or author relationships after reading the title from NetGalley? Were you better able to make purchasing decisions and then recommend titles to patrons because you accessed the title via NetGalley? If you answered “Yes” to any of these (or all of them!) please keep NetGalley in mind when talking with your colleagues so they can also benefit from our service.

And keep an eye out for our monthly Library Edition newsletter, which feature titles hand-picked for librarians by our publishers—and forward it to your colleagues!

We love to hear from you!

Your enthusiasm for books is contagious and makes us want to provide the best service we can to better help you. Please feel free to reach out to our support team here or leave a comment below or on our Facebook page. If you’ll be at BookExpo America this May in NYC, we’d love to meet with you. Keep an eye out for an email soon with details.

Happy reading!
Tarah Theoret
Community Manager

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Subject: Open this Bookish Email (Please)
Susan Ruszala, NetGalley President

I spend an alarming amount of time thinking about how to get readers recommending new books on NetGalley. And probably an equally alarming amount of time as a book consumer: weekly library trips, purchasing books of all formats and genres, from all kinds of outlets, reading book reviews, joining book clubs…the list goes on. As a result, I receive a TRULY alarming number of emails advertising books.

This week we conducted an informal study on book-related email subject lines. Over the course of 4 days,  I received nearly 100 emails advertising books and made a few fascinating observations. What makes you open emails?

1. Most people who receive your emails have a calendar. There are some times when it’s important to include a date. I get it, and we do it, too. But I get these same emails every week. Unless there’s some connection between the date and the content you’re trying to sell me, this idea goes stale pretty quickly. Just saying.
Today is so Boring

Weekly Interesting Reads
Saturday Ebook Newsletter
Your perks/deal/etc for Monday (and Tuesday, and Wednesday, and Thursday….)
Look at this week’s books from [company]
[Company] Weekly Update, March 10, 2014
Have a terrific Tuesday with these books | Celebrate Wednesday | Get ready for Saturday (every week I get this collection!)
Book matches for March 11; March 12; March 13
Weekly Book Newsletter No. XXXX
March Newsletter
Friday Free Books….

P.S. Keep in mind that dates are displayed differently throughout the world: I got one email this week with a date of 10/3/14: they meant March 10, but I read October 3. And if you’re in the US and sending an email to anyone in Australia, your Tuesday newsletter might actually arrive on Wednesday.
Continue reading “Subject: Open this Bookish Email (Please)”

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New to NetGalley: Recommend books to your friends via Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn

Each day NetGalley collects thousands of pieces of feedback about new titles, as members share star ratings, reviews, links, notes and recommendation plans through the site. Your feedback is essential to the commercial success of the books listed on our site—-and as professional readers, your recommendations matter a great deal when individuals decide what to read next.

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Today we’re introducing a new feature so NetGalley members can additionally share their Feedback with their social networks, via Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. It’s easy and you can share your reviews all the books you have access to on NetGalley. You can log in right now to try this out with Feedback you’ve already sent, or with new Feedback.

When you share via NetGalley, your contacts will have the opportunity to view your comments on a private landing page which includes title information as well as standard inks to purchase the title from major book retailers.  Here are complete directions on how to share via NetGalley, as well as visuals of the whole process. Take a look!

Sharing isn’t required, of course, but we think you’ll like how easy it is to pass along your recommendations as you share Feedback with the publisher. After all, who doesn’t want to tell someone when they’ve read something amazing?

(Note: NetGalley has no access to your social network information or contacts. This new feature simply makes it very easy for you to share Feedback widely, when you’ve already chosen to do so via NetGalley. You can always include links to your reviews on your blog or website, as part of the Feedback for the title.)

More Ways to Discover Titles on NetGalley

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We’ve added a new “Featured” category when you are browsing for titles on NetGalley. This new category is limited to 15 titles per week, specially selected by NetGalley and the publishers and authors we work with. You’ll often see a theme in the titles selected for this category, too. Click here to see which titles are Featured first.

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And you will also notice new region preferences on titles available for request. Region preferences make it much easier for you to select titles you’re likely to be approved for, because they are being published in your geographic region.

Finally, we’ve added a link to our Help pages within your reader account. Look for the “Help” link at the top of your account, when you login.

Discover books that Indie Booksellers Love

Buzz Book

Did you know that the majority of titles selected for the Indie Next list are available on NetGalley? Here is the March list.

We announced a new program for US indie booksellers, in partnership with the American Booksellers Association. Your Digital White Box will be delivered to you via email once a month, starting in February 2014. If you are an ABA member, sign up today!

Finally, get a head start on the biggest Spring titles by downloading the Publishers Lunch Buzz Book, now available on NetGalley to READ NOW. This is a unique volume of excerpts from many of the biggest books of the upcoming season.

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All of us at NetGalley wish you the very happiest of holidays, and we look forward to sharing great reads with you in the new year! As we come to the close of 2013, we like to look back and see how far we’ve come in the last 365 days. This year, we again saw extraordinary growth, activity, and support from our readers and publishers—and as always, we’re so grateful. Take a peek at some fun facts in our infographic below, and then chime in!

What stat do you find most interesting? What burning question do you have about NetGalley? Did you keep any of your own reading/recommending stats this year that you’d like to share with us? We’d love to see your comments below, or via Twitter #NGextras

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