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New changes at NetGalley help better connect you to books you’ll love
—Susan Ruszala, President, NetGalley

Have you noticed anything new when you login to NetGalley? We made a series of changes to the site last week designed to make it even easier for readers to browse, request, organize and provide feedback on titles they are reading through NetGalley.

When you next Browse the NetGalley catalog to view titles available for request from our publishers, you’ll see we’ve added two new links. READ NOW titles can be immediately accessed by a member—-so if you’re new to NetGalley, or new to professional reading and recommending, this is a great place to start. Many of our publishers list their titles there for a limited time (sometimes just a day or two), so think of this as a surprise bucket of new books just waiting for you.

And, if you are auto-approved by a publisher, you’ll see a new link for “Auto-approvals” when you Browse. When a publisher auto-approves you, you can automatically access any of their titles available in the catalog. This section is like your own customized catalog—-and is only visible to you, when you sign in.
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The View from the UK

Everyone at NetGalley is delighted to be partnering with Fiction Uncovered, the nationwide promotion for novelists you might have heard about, but never quite got around to reading. It’s a promotion that’s very close to my heart, and one that I think showcases the huge abundance of talent in the UK that doesn’t quite get the attention it deserves.

My picks from the list are Black Bread, White Beer by Niven Govinden, All the Beggars Riding by Lucy Caldwell, The Heart Broke In by James Meek,  and The Village by Nikita Lalwani.

Niven Govinden is the one of the best British writers currently at work. Because of Black Bread,White Beer’s slenderness (it’s not a long novel!) it has been compared to Ian McEwan’s On Chesil Beach, but for me this has more in common with the great North American writers Philip Roth, John Cheever and Alice Munro. A tale of a marriage in crisis after a tragedy, it is one of the most beautiful, affecting and harrowing novels you’ll read all year.

James Meek is best known for his Russia-set novel The People’s Act of Love. His new novel, The Heart Broke In, is a departure from the historical, violent epic – it’s an old-fashioned story of modern times, a rich, ambitious family drama of love, death and money in the era of gene therapy and Internet blackmail. It’s a page-turner that also makes you think.

The same could be said for Lucy Caldwell’s All the Beggars Riding, which I know will hold you captivated from the first page. Nikita Lalawani has also, in The Village  written a very clever, very affecting follow-up to her brilliant Gifted. Do support these titles!

With so many forthcoming novels coming every day to NetGalley, you can start planning which new titles you should be reviewing for summer. Wreaking by James Scudamore is my big tip for prizes this year – a terrifying story of madness, solitude and secrets.  And if you fancy a big thriller, do check out Tim Weaver’s Never Coming Back Never Coming Back. It’s the fourth of his David Raker novels and well worth discovering.

Well, that’s it for this month. I’ll be back next month with a look ahead to the big autumn books!

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NetGalley at the ECPA Leadership Summit

Conference season is upon us! This week I will be at the ECPA Leadership Summit* for Christian publishers, in Nashville. I’m very excited to be meeting with some of the NetGalley publishers during the ECPA Leadership Summit this week and attending the 2013 Christian Book Awards.

Are you already reading in this genre? Check out the NetGalley catalog for Christian romance, mystery, teen/YA, and non-fiction. And please let us know if you read any of these Christian Book Awards finalists on NetGalley in the comments below.

We’re pleased to have a partnership with the ECPA and work with many of their publishers, including Moody PublishersWorthy Publishing, and Concordia Publishing House! Did you see these titles on our homepage this week? Click through for more information and to request.

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London Book Fair – NetGalley Recap

The London International Book Fair is one of the key events in the literary world; the whole world converging on Earls Court in the South West of the capital to sell rights, seal reputations and look into the future of publishing and books. Naturally, NetGalley was there to meet members and clients both – as well as get the inside track on what’s new.

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The NetGalley stand was right at the heart of the Digital Zone – once a niche area within the vast aircraft hangar space of Earls Court, but now probably the most vibrant, diverse and popular destination at the fair. Situated next to the AuthorZone lecture theatre – co-sponsored by NetGalley publisher Troubador – we were lucky to hear a series of fascinating discussions and talks about how writers can thrive in the digital age. Many independent publishers and authors stopped off to speak with us on their way back from the stage – which was hugely interesting.

Among the personal highlights were catching up with new and old publishers and members of NetGalley. We especially enjoyed meeting Georgia and Samuel from www.readgig.com – and you can check out their blog about the fair here. Most excitingly of all was the news that several UK publishers confirmed at the fair that they will soon be joining NetGalley. We can’t tell you who they are yet, but we’ll be sure to announce it just as soon as we can!

Next month it’s the turn of New York to play host to the literary world at Book Expo America. Please do stop by Booth #DZ1774 and say hello to Kristina, Susan, Lindsey and Tarah!

If you’re a blogger attending BEA or the Book Bloggers Conference, don’t miss out out on the NetGalley Wellness Challenge!

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World Book Night comes to a city near you – April 23rd

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One night a year book lovers around the world volunteer their time to hand out books to those who don’t see themselves as “readers” and/or don’t have access to books. I’m excited to be participating in World Book Night 2013! I’ve been aware of World Book Night for years but I didn’t realize how organized and widespread it was. Last fall a coworker suggested we sign up as volunteers, so I went to the World Book Night website and found a volunteer application that requires an explanation of why you would be a good volunteer ( i.e. why you love books) and what location in your city/town you think would be a great spot to hand out books.

Without hesitation I started filling out the application, thinking long and hard about why I love books and why I am qualified to be a literacy advocate. My love of books began with the supportive teachers who taught me how to read, and how to enjoy reading. I also had parents who encouraged my thirst for books by always borrowing, lending, or buying the books I might have been interested in.  This led to my love of reading to escape my day-to-day surroundings— being absorbed by a story is a magical way to forget about all those rational, realistic obligations and responsibilities we’re required to consider and accomplish each day. Since I had these fantastic opportunities that most of us (myself included) take for granted sometimes, I figured it was time to share this with my neighborhood.

Luckily, I was selected as a Book Giver and started receiving email updates from World Book Night informing me of which book I will be handing out (Bossypants, by Tina Fey) and where I would pick them up (my local independent bookstore).  When I was given the green light to pick up my books, I went to the bookstore and received 20 copies of Bossypants with a smile, a flower (this was something the bookstore did on their own, and it certainly made my day), and a “thank you” from the bookseller. With books and Book Giver instructions in hand, I (and thousands of volunteers across the world) will be handing out one of the 2013 World Book Night titles on April 23rd in our neighborhoods to help encourage reading for pleasure and, in turn, literacy.

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BEA Bloggers Conference and NetGalley

If you’ll be in NYC for BookExpo America, we want to meet you! NetGalley will be attending the BEA Bloggers Conference on Wednesday, May 29th, as well as the rest of the annual BookExpo America tradeshow through June 1st. Read on for full details, including how you can sign up for a face-to-face meeting with me, your Reader Concierge! We can’t wait to see you.

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Register to attend BEA Bloggers Conference to learn, be inspired, and connect with book bloggers, authors, and publishing industry professionals. You will benefit from a jam-packed day of education, extreme networking, and the passion and fun that surrounds book blogging.

Last year’s BEA Bloggers Conference was a huge success with over 400 attendees, and the BEA team is eager to build on this success! BEA Bloggers Conference will once again take place the day before BEA, Wednesday, May 29th (the BEA exhibit floor opens on Thursday, May 30th). Will Schwalbe will be the Opening Keynote speaker at 9:15am, and Randi Zuckerberg will be the Closing Keynote speaking at 4:00pm. The conference will also feature other notable panelists over the course of the day.

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National Library Week – Send Us Your Photos!

National Library Week

Today, we’re excited to begin celebrating National Library Week! We love working with the librarian community on NetGalley and know that librarians love their communities, too. How are you observing this year’s Communities Matter @ Your Library theme? The American Library Association (ALA) has a lot of great promotional ideas from libraries around the country.

In honor of National Library Week, we’re asking all NetGalley members to share a photo of what makes their library unique. It could be a special display, a clever way to showcase new books, your favorite spot to claim, or even an architectural feature of the building. What makes your library yours? Snap a photo and post it on the NetGalley Facebook timeline, or email it to us directly. And look for more fun this week, including on Twitter (#nlw13) and Pinterest.

I hope you caught this month’s NetGalley at the Library newsletter, which includes new titles to preview and recommend to your patrons, as well as some helpful NetGalley tips. Did you know we have a partnership with the ALA? If you are a librarian who uses NetGalley be sure to add your ALA member number to your NetGalley profile.  When you do, a special designation will be visible to publishers when you request a title. We anticipate that librarians who enter their ALA numbers will be approved more quickly and often.

We look forward to seeing your photos of what makes your library so special!

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries — school, public, academic and special — participate.”via ALA.org

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View from the UK

The unseasonably cold weather has dominated headlines throughout March, but for me I have to say it was more a blessing than a curse. With no reason to brave the outside elements, I just hibernated indoors, reading. I’ve had worse months…

For bookworms, I think there are really only two temperatures that’ll do: one, freezing cold winter outside, but loads of books to read inside by the fire; two, sweltering hot with loads of books to read by the pool. Either would be rather heavenly, to be honest – and both are far removed from the frenetic pace of the upcoming London International Book Fair.
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READ NOW on NetGalley: BUZZ BOOKS 2013 Shares Pre-Publication Excerpts from Big Spring and Summer Releases

You have probably seen the coverage today about Publishers Lunch’s BUZZ BOOKS 2013, featuring substantial excerpts from 28 highly anticipated Spring/Summer titles. We’re delighted to be working with Michael Cader and his team on this project, by offering to trade professionals a version of the sampler which features links to request or download the full galley via NetGalley. The sampler is available to READ NOW by clicking here, or on the cover image below. Click the “Additional Trade Information” link at the end of the excerpts to see the NetGalley links.

Buzz Books 2013 What book are you most excited to read from the list? What have you read so far? Tell us on Twitter by tagging @NetGalley and #BuzzBook, or on our Facebook page.

Scroll down to view the complete list of excerpts and more information about BUZZ BOOKS 2013.

Note: This project was made all the more meaningful to NetGalley because Publishers Lunch works closely with Joshua Tallent of eBook Architects on the production of the ebook. Joshua heads up this premier ebook design and production firm, now part of Firebrand Technologies (who also owns NetGalley). Chances are, if you are reading a beautifully designed and executed ebook (as the BUZZ BOOK is), you are benefiting from the work of Joshua and his team.

ABOUT BUZZ BOOKS 2013: SPRING/SUMMER: Winter Institute and Beyond, in an eBook.

The new edition of BUZZ BOOKS—available on all major ebook platforms—presents substantial excerpts from 28 highly anticipated books set for release between March and July. For trade readers, it builds on the ABA’s Winter Institute 8, convening later this month in Kansas City, helping to amplify what has become the unofficial spring/summer launch event. For everyone who can’t make it to WI8, we feature excerpts from 11 authors appearing there.

BUZZ BOOKS 2013 combines excerpts from major new works of nonfiction—Michael Pollan’s COOKED; bestselling authors of Made to Stick and Switch Chip Heath and Dan Heath’s DECISIVE; and Lily Koppel’s THE ASTRONAUT WIVES CLUB (already in film development)—alongside potential breakouts from established novelists. There’s Kate Atkinson’s LIFE AFTER LIFE, Joe Hill’s NOS4A2, Meg Wolitzer’s THE INTERESTINGS, Ruth Ozeki’s A TALE FOR THE TIME BEING, Philipp Meyer’s THE SON, Therese Anne Fowler’s Z: A NOVEL OF ZELDA FITZGERALD, Alexander Maksik’s A MARKER TO MEASURE DRIFT, and Benjamin Percy’s RED MOON.

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