Pledge to take the 2014 NetGalley Wellness Challenge!
I am excited to invite you to join the second annual NetGalley Wellness Challenge, which kicks off today!
Take the pledge and join the 2014 Challenge now!
This year’s theme is “Do You Book Talk?”
This year’s 7-week Wellness Challenge focuses on Reviews and Feedback. Let’s make sure publishers hear you when you “book talk!” We want publishers to see how you build buzz and help to launch new books. We’ll provide tips for sharing your reviews with your friends and followers, and recommending books to your customers or patrons. Those who pledge will also be entered for a chance to win a prize (click the link below for more info!)
Visit our NetGalley Wellness Challenge resource page for more information on how you can participate.
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.
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!
Summer/ Fall Indies Introduce Debut Authors and New Voices
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!
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Additional Indies Introduce Children’s Titles, not currently available on NetGalley:
The Glass Sentence by S.E. Grove (Viking)
The Secret Hum of a Daisy by Tracy Holczer (Putnam)
Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang (Greenwillow)
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Additional Indies Introduce Adult Titles, not currently available on NetGalley:
Bulletproof Vest by Maria Venegas (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Us Conductors by Sean Michaels (Tin House Books)
The Bride Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors, Even by Chris F. Westbury (Counterpoint)
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Notes from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty (W.W. Norton & Co.)
Dry Bones in the Valley by Tom Bouman (W.W. Norton & Co.)
Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson (Ecco)
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
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!
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Additional Indie Next Titles, not currently available on NetGalley:
The Garden of Burning Sand by Corban Addison
Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir by Roz Chast
The Other Story: A Novel by Tatiana De Rosnay
The Sea Inside by Philip Hoare
Between Wrecks by George Singleton
Point of Direction: A Novel by Rachel Weaver
Natchez Burning: A Novel by Greg Iles
The Serpent of Venice: A Novel by Christopher Moore
Lovers At The Chameleon Club, Paris 1932: A Novel by Francine Prose
The Bees: A Novel by Laline Paull
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
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American Association of School Librarians (AASL)
American Library Association (ALA)**
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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.
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
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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.
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
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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