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Live Your Best NetGalley Life

Your input directly influences the enhancements we make to NetGalley. And we’ve heard you: As book advocates and industry professionals, your schedules are important. Staying organized is a cornerstone to being productive, so today we’re introducing some new features to help.

Your Weekly Checklist

You asked, we listened! Our members love lists as much as we do. Now you can receive a weekly Checklist email to help you prioritize the books you need to read and review first—so you don’t miss their optimal time-frame. Here’s a sneak peek at the email, which you can turn on/off within your Profile (Additional Info > Subscriptions).


Complete Feedback Process

As you know, your reviews and feedback are essential to publishers, authors, and other readers. NetGalley members are expected to provide feedback for the books they access, in exchange for getting free digital review copies. When you finish reading a book, make sure to submit your reviews, star ratings, opinions, and industry list nominations.

We’ve made some small enhancements to the Feedback section, including splitting into two pages: Review & Opinions. Depending on your member type, you’ll need to submit the first page (Review or Opinions) before the next page will appear. Plus, we want to acknowledge that there are legitimate reasons why you may not be able to submit feedback for certain books—so we’ve added a “Will Not Give Feedback” option to allow you explain why you aren’t reviewing, and to better organize your Shelf. Submitting “Will Not Give Feedback” will move the book off your Give Feedback list, but will not count towards your overall feedback ratio. Read more here.

Our goal is to help, when we can, resolve any issues that are preventing you from submitting feedback. We will be carefully analyzing the “Will Not Give Feedback” responses to improve the NetGalley service for our members and publishers. And you will still be able to submit full feedback later (for instance, if a file issue is resolved).


Reminders to Share Reviews

Once you’ve submitted feedback, you can increase the visibility and value of your reviews by sharing to your blog, social platforms, and retail sites. This is especially important around the publication date. We’ve made it easier to see which reviews are ready to be shared by adding a new section of your Shelf (Feedback Sent > Post to Retail Sites).

 

We take our goal of helping books succeed very seriously, and we know you do too. We hope these changes will help you create your optimal NetGalley workflow and give you more tools to communicate with us and authors/publishers.

Thanks, as always, for your dedication and support.
The NetGalley Team

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Cover Love

We’ve rounded up another batch of book covers that we love, and we hope you will too. We’ve also gathered all of your cover votes from this month, and your most loved cover is…Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris.

Click on each cover to read the full book description, request (or wish for) the title, and cast your vote for the cover. If you’ve read these books, don’t forget to share feedback with the publisher and with your friends & followers.

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Library Reads

LibraryReads List

May 2018

What books are librarians most excited about this month? Read on!

LibraryReads has announced the top ten books available in May 2018 that librarians across the country love. You can request or wish for the featured titles below on NetGalley right now, and view more information on the LibraryReads site.

If you are a librarian, you can nominate titles for the LibraryReads list via NetGalley – learn more here!

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Indie Next List

May edition

May we interest you in some fabulous recommendations from indie booksellers?

The American Booksellers Association has announced the selections for the May Indie Next list. 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!

 

Additional IndieNext titles:

A Lucky Man: Stories by Jamel Brinkley
(Graywolf Press • 9781555978051)

Noir: A Novel by Christopher Moore
(William Morrow • 9780062433978)

The Perfect Mother: A Novel by Aimee Molloy
(Harper • 9780062696793)

First, We Make the Beast Beautiful: A New Journey Through Anxiety by Sarah Wilson
(Dey Street Books • 9780062836786)

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LibraryReads List

April 2018

All you need this April is an umbrella and a book. LibraryReads can help with that last item.

LibraryReads has announced the top ten books available in April 2018 that librarians across the country love. You can request or wish for the featured titles below on NetGalley right now, and view more information on the LibraryReads site.

If you are a librarian, you can nominate titles for the LibraryReads list via NetGalley – learn more here!

Additional LibraryReads titles:

The Female Persuasion: A Novel by Meg Wolitzer
(Riverhead • 9781594488405)

All the Beautiful Lies: A Novel by Peter Swanson
(William Morrow • 9780062427052)

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The poet laureate of the United States, Tracy K. Smith, has selected twenty-five poems by contemporary poets to be featured in the Academy of American Poets’ popular Poem-a-Day series in April.

“I’m honored and excited to curate the month of April for Poem-a-Day, a series that shares the good news of poetry every single day, even covering the spaces, like small towns or rural communities, that poetry festivals and reading series sometimes fail to reach,” said Tracy K. Smith.

Recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for her book Life on Mars (Graywolf Press, 2011), Smith is the twenty-second poet to serve as poet laureate. She was appointed by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden in June 2017. Smith’s latest book, Wade in the Water, will be published by Graywolf Press on April 3, 2018.

Launched in 2006, Poem-a-Day is the original and only daily digital poetry series featuring over 200 new, previously unpublished poems by today’s talented poets each year. The series is distributed via email, web, social media, and syndication to 350,000+ readers.

“We’re grateful to work with the U. S. poet laureate this April in celebration of National Poetry Month, which the Academy of American Poets founded in 1996. We know that thousands of individuals, and especially students, will learn about poets and poetry for this first time this month. With Tracy K. Smith’s leadership, we hope many of them will become regular readers of poems,” said Jennifer Benka, executive director of the Academy of American Poets.

Celebrate National Poetry Month!

 

 

Readers interested in receiving Poem-a-Day, a free emailed series, can sign up here: www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem-day

For more information about National Poetry Month, visit: www.poets.org/national-poetry-month/home.

You can follow the thousands of National Poetry Month Celebrations taking place throughout the United States by using #nationalpoetrymonth and following @POETSorg.

You can also use the National Poetry Month logo, which can be downloaded from Poets.org, on your poetry event materials.


About the Academy of American Poets

Founded in 1934, the Academy of American Poets is the largest membership-based nonprofit organization fostering an appreciation for contemporary poetry and supporting American poets. The organization produces Poets.org, the world’s largest publicly funded website for poets and poetry; founded National Poetry Month; publishes the popular Poem-a-Day series; offers Teach This Poem and other resources for K-12 educators; and presents an annual series of poetry readings and special events. The organization also coordinates the work of a national poetry coalition working to promote the value poets bring to our culture and the important contribution poetry makes in the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds.

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Librarian's Choice

Librarians' Choice: top 10

March 2018

Librarians’ Choice has announced the Top 10 titles for March 2018 that librarians across Australia love. You can request or wish for the featured titles below on NetGalley right now, and view more information on the Librarians’ Choice site.

If you are a librarian in Australia, you can nominate titles for the Librarians’ Choice list via NetGalley!

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Cover Love

We’ve rounded up another batch of book covers that we love, and we hope you will too. We’ve also gathered all of your cover votes from this month, and your most loved cover is…All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin!

Click on each cover to read the full book description, request (or wish for) the title, and cast your vote for the cover. If you’ve read these books, don’t forget to share feedback with the publisher and with your friends & followers.

 

Want to continue gazing upon gorgeous covers? Check out our Cover Love series!

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Indie Next List

April edition

It’s time to spring ahead and refresh your TBR list with these fantastic recommendations from indie booksellers!

The American Booksellers Association has announced the selections for the April Indie Next list. 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!

Additional Indie Next titles:

Varina by Charles Frazier
Stray City by Chelsey Johnson
Blue Self-Portrait by Noemi Lefebvre
Waiting for Tomorrow,by Nathacha Appanah
Wade in the Water: Poems by Tracy K. Smith

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Reader Spotlight

The NetGalley community is rich with Librarians, Booksellers, Educators, Media, Reviewers and Bloggers who excel at helping books succeed and promoting a love of reading. We like to take a moment to highlight these members and share their stories with you.

This week’s spotlight is on. . . Kate Fais, a Young Adult Librarian at the NYPL Bloomingdale Branch in NYC!

Featured Librarian: Kate Fais

Library: New York Public Library, Bloomingdale Branch, New York City

Role: Young Adult Librarian

 

 

When (and how) did you decide to become a librarian?

I’ve wanted to be a librarian since I was five years old – and then one of my older cousins told me I had to read every book in the library. I was terrified of the Goosebumps series, so I did briefly consider other jobs.

Is there anything that your library does especially well that you’d love to continue and possibly expand?

My branch has an amazing weekly teen writing group that meets on Thursdays. It really is the best hour of my week! We have a wonderful volunteer who leads the workshop – the kids and I just love her. The teens have actually come in during random days of the week asking if Writing Club is that day! I’m also lucky to be part of an amazing team of young adult librarians with the New York Public Library. Every year we have the Anti-Prom at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (the Library on 42nd Street with the lions!), and the teens (and the staff!) have a blast.

You served on NYPL’s Best Books for Teens 2017 committee. Can you speak a little bit about this and other initiatives you’ve worked on to expose teens to great literature?

Serving on the Best Books for Teens committee was an absolute dream. Imagine, each month you meet with almost twenty of your peers for three hours to just talk books. I’m lucky enough to be serving on the committee for 2018 this year, and because of NetGalley, I’ve been able to read a good number of titles before their release dates.

Additionally, I have great relationships with the middle schools in my area. I always try to sneak in several booktalks whenever I have class visits! Plus, I just started hosting a monthly Free Book Friday for my teens – teens have the opportunity to come to the library and take home as many books (finished published copies and galleys) as they like, to keep forever. At my last Free Book Friday, as one of my teens was flipping through Grendel’s Guide to Love and War, I learned that they are a BIG fan of Beowulf and totally ships Hrothgar and Grendel.

In my prior job at Cold Spring Harbor Library, I also volunteered with the Authors Unlimited conference which connected teens with YA authors, and was a fact-checker for the Suffolk County (NY) Battle of the Books.

When it comes to motivating your patrons to read and enjoy reading, what techniques or strategies have you found to be most effective?

I’m a big believer in just stopping a book if it’s not gelling for you. Why torment yourself? I always encourage people to take home several books at a time, especially if they’re not sure what they’re in the mood for. One of their selections is bound to stick.

Do you have a favorite moment when you provided someone with a book?

It’s actually when they come back, find me, and tell me how much they absolutely adored the book I paired them with.

What is the most requested title in your library right now?

Holds wise, Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff. I actually have a copy checked out, but I have too many other things to read!

Has having access to digital galleys affected the types of titles you recommend to your patrons?

I think I’ve been able to actually read more galleys since they’re digitized! I take the subway each day to get to and from work, and honestly, it’s a lot easier to read from my phone when I can’t sit! Additionally, digital galleys are soooo much easier for me to travel with. I’m the kid who got in trouble for bringing fifteen hardcover books in her suitcase to Florida, so having a ream of digital galleys when I’m on the train, plane, or waiting in line for something has been a life-saver.

Please make sure to check out more Reader Spotlights, plus discover Young Adult books on NetGalley!


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