News from NetGalley

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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Summer/ Fall Indies Introduce Debut Authors and New Voices
Indies Intro logo

Today the American Booksellers Association announced the selections for the Summer/Fall Indies Introduce Debut Authors and New Voices list, drawn from the recommendations of indie booksellers throughout the US. You can request many of these titles on NetGalley right now, and view more information on the ABA site.

If you’re a bookseller, don’t forget to sign up to receive special access to new galleys via the Digital White Box program!

Children’s

Midnight Thief          The Truth About Alice        Misadventures of the Family Fletcher            Illusive          Salt & Storm
View title on NetGalley               View title on NetGalley               View title on NetGalley          Available on NetGalley by invite        Available on NetGalley by invite

Six Feet Over ItLies We Tell OurselvesAdditional Indies Introduce Children’s Titles, not currently available on NetGalley:

  The Glass Sentence by S.E. Grove (Viking)
ISBN 9780670785025

  The Secret Hum of a Daisy by Tracy Holczer (Putnam)
ISBN  9780399163937

  Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang (Greenwillow)
ISBN  9780062295040

Available on NetGalley by invite    Available on NetGalley by invite

Adult

The Untold     Five and Twenty-Fives     We Are Called to Rise        Painted Horses
View title on NetGalley           View title on NetGalley           View title on NetGalley             View title on NetGalley

Additional Indies Introduce Adult Titles, not currently available on NetGalley:

Bulletproof Vest by Maria Venegas (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
ISBN  9780374117313

Us Conductors by Sean Michaels (Tin House Books)
ISBN  9781935639817

The Bride Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors, Even by Chris F. Westbury (Counterpoint)
ISBN  9781619022904

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Notes from the Crematory  by Caitlin Doughty (W.W. Norton & Co.)
ISBN   9780393240238

Dry Bones in the Valley by Tom Bouman (W.W. Norton & Co.)
ISBN  9780393243024

Fourth of July Creek  by Smith Henderson (Ecco)
ISBN  9780062286444

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News from NetGalley

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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Indie Next List

May edition

Today the American Booksellers Association announced the selections for the May Indie Next list, drawn from the recommendations of indie booksellers throughout the US. You can request many of these titles on NetGalley right now, and view more information on the ABA site

If you are a bookseller, you can nominate titles for the Indie Next list via NetGalley, and receive special access to new galleys via the Digital White Box program. Sign up today!

All the Light We Canot See      Steady Running of the Hour      The Orenda      Ruby    Wonderland
View on NetGalley      View on NetGalley        View on NetGalley       View on NetGalley     View on NetGalley

All the Birds, Singing     Ruin Falls     My Accidental Jihad      Troika      Cold House
View on NetGalley      View on NetGalley       View on NetGalley       View on NetGalley       View on NetGalley

Additional Indie Next Titles, not currently available on NetGalley:

The Garden of Burning Sand by Corban Addison
ISBN 9781623651299

Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir by Roz Chast
ISBN 9781608198061

The Other Story: A Novel by Tatiana De Rosnay
ISBN 9781250045133

The Sea Inside  by Philip Hoare
ISBN 9781612193595

Between Wrecks by George Singleton
ISBN 9781938103797

Point of Direction: A Novel by Rachel Weaver
ISBN 9781935439912

Natchez Burning: A Novel by Greg Iles
ISBN 9780062311078

The Serpent of Venice: A Novel by Christopher Moore
ISBN 9780061779763

Lovers At The Chameleon Club, Paris 1932: A Novel  by Francine Prose
ISBN 9780061713781

The Bees: A Novel by Laline Paull
ISBN 9780062331151

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We’re excited to celebrate National Library Week (April 13-19th)!

Did you know there are currently 50+ library associations represented on NetGalley? Check out the list below.

As one of the 18,000+ librarians using NetGalley, you can select your library association(s) in your Profile. This is an easy way to let publishers know that you’re a member of a professional association, which will help them approve your requests!

Below is the list of current library associations in NetGalley – go ahead and select them in your profile today!

If you are a member of an association not listed below, contact support here so we can add it to the list.

Have you found NetGalley helpful in discovering and reading new titles? If so, please keep NetGalley in mind when talking with your colleagues and other members of your associations so they can also benefit from our service.

Library Associations Represented on NetGalley
* indicates 100+ NetGalley members
** indicates 1,000+ NetGalley members

American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

American Library Association (ALA)**
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News from NetGalley

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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Cover Love

JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER!

Tomorrow is the first day of spring, and I think that calls for beautiful things! If you enjoy these gorgeous book covers, click through to read the full description and request the title from the publisher. Remember: some publishers cannot approve requests outside of their territory.

Have you already read these? Don’t forget to share feedback with the publisher and with your social network! What other titles have you requested after falling in love with the cover? Share the link in the comments below, or via Twitter #NGextras
One Wish        Smart    If You Happen to Have a Dinosaur   Conversion      Only the Animals

     S & S UK Children’s                 Pan Macmillan (UK)                   Random House Canada               Penguin Young Readers Group       Penguin Books Australia
Pub Date Jun 5 2014               Pub Date June 5 2014                   Pub Date May 13 2014                   Pub Date July 1 2014                 Pub Date April 23 2014

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News from NetGalley

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.
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Indie Next List

Indie Next List – April 2014

April edition

Today the American Booksellers Association announced the selections for the April Indie Next list, drawn from the recommendations of indie booksellers throughout the US. You can request many of these titles on NetGalley right now, and view more information on the ABA site

If you are a bookseller, you can nominate titles for the Indie Next list via NetGalley, and receive special access to new galleys via the Digital White Box program. Sign up today!

Storied Life of AJ Fickry      Collector of Dying Breaths      Mimi Malloy at Last      Murder at Cape Three Points      My Wish List
View on NetGalley       View on NetGalley       View on NetGalley       View on NetGalley      View on NetGalley

Roosevelt's Beast       Astonish Me      Frog Music      The Plover      Intern's Handbook
View on NetGalley       View on NetGalley        Available by invite      Available by invite        Available by invite

And the Dark Sacred Night       In Paradise        The Cairo Affair       The Bohemians     cover42290-small
Available by invite        Available by invite      Available by invite         Available by invite        View on NetGalley

Additional Indie Next Titles, not currently available on NetGalley:

Learning to Walk in the Dark by Barbara Brown Taylor
ISBN 9780062024350

Inappropriate Behavior: Stories by Murray Farish
ISBN 9781571311078

Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller’s Tragic Quest for Primitive Art by Carl Hoffman
ISBN 9780062116154

Mind of Winter  by Laura Kasischke
ISBN 9780062284396

The Book of Duels: Flash Fiction by Michael Garriga, Tynan Kerr, Illus.
ISBN 9781571310934

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Cover Love

Happy Valentine’s Day, and what better time to introduce the first Judge a Book by its Cover post of the new year? I must admit, a few of these covers pushed me right into the spring and, after the winter we’re having in New York (and I know lots of other places too), spring can’t come soon enough! If these beautiful book covers grab your interest like they grabbed mine, click through to read the full description and request the title from the publisher, remembering that some publishers cannot approve requests outside of their territory.

Have you already read these? Don’t forget to share feedback with the publisher! What other titles have you requested after falling in love with the cover? Share the link in the comments below, or via Twitter #NGextras

A Matter of Souls        Love and Treasure          Goodnight June       How to Be Vegan            The Love Book

Lerner Publishing Group             Hodder & Stoughton (UK)           Penguin Group Plume                     Artisan Books                        Random House UK Vintage
Pub Date April 1 2014               Pub Date April 10 2014             Pub Date May 27 2014               Pub Date April 22 2014                    Pub Date Feb 6 2014

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