What is LibraryReads?
The concept of LibraryReads is simple: The top ten books published this month that librarians across the United States love. Our ultimate goal is to connect our favorite books to as many readers as possible!
Just as the concept is simple, the process is simple as well. Nominators have until the 20th to nominate books coming out two months later. For example, on March 20th, May nominations are due, and June nominations are due by April 20th. You can nominate any title being published that month, as long as it has appeal to an adult audience. This does mean reading in advance, of course—but you’re a NetGalley reader, so we’re guessing you’re already in the habit of reading ahead!
Then, the list is a straightforward calculation: we tally them up, and whichever ten books get the most nominations go onto the monthly list. The book with the most nominations becomes the #1 Pick. It’s as simple as that! Books from all adult genres and categories are welcome. The list is announced a few weeks later to give you ample time to look into the selections and order them for your library.
Although library staff do all the nominating, we designed LibraryReads to reach an even larger group of readers, so that even if you’re not nominating, you can still benefit. The core audience is everyone who uses a public library—whether in person or online, whether they borrow books, attend programming, rely on library staff for reading recommendations, subscribe to newsletters, browse the shelves and stacks for reading ideas, or participate in any type of library activity.
If you are already a NetGalley member, and registered as a Librarian, it’s really easy to nominate! You may nominate any of your approved titles via the “Feedback” button on the Title Details page, and check the LibraryReads nomination box. Couldn’t be simpler.
We already receive many nominations from NetGalley users, and we are always hoping to bring more readers on board. Anyone who is regularly employed in a U.S. public library may participate. You don’t need to belong to an association, and you don’t need a specialized degree. If you love to read and are passionate about discovering wonderful books, please join us!
For more information about LibraryReads, please visit their website, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
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