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September 22, 2014

NetGalley Blogger Spotlight

Welcome to our new series where we are highlighting book bloggers that we think you should know about!

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Blog name:
Bookwraiths Blog
Blog URL: http://bookwraiths.com/
Your name: Wendell Adams

What genre does your blog focus on? 
Bookwraiths is all about speculative fiction: epic fantasy, classic fantasy, grimdark fantasy, urban fantasy, science fiction, alternative history, and graphic novels. If a story turns reality on its head and introduces something fantastical, I personally want to read it, then tell everyone else about it.

How long have you been blogging about books and why did you start?
I started writing reviews the beginning of 2013, mainly because as a member of Goodreads that seemed to be the way to become part of the bibliophile group there, so I figured why not give it a try. After posting my thoughts there and on Amazon for a few months and getting some positive feedback, starting my own blog seemed like the next step in the process. Bookwraiths began in July 2013, and it has been a roller coaster ride of fun ever since.

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September 19, 2014

NetGalley Member Initiatives: I bet you didn’t know we did all this!

Here’s a quick round-up of how NetGalley is working with our member communities right now.

image *New* Blogger Spotlight series 
To help members build their blog audience (and get more attention from publishers and authors), we’ve introduced a new series in our email newsletters, social media and blog, highlighting bloggers who are “model” NetGalley members. Bloggers are chosen based on their genre interests, NetGalley account activity and blog traffic. View a sample here and let us know in the comments if you have a member you’d like to nominate as our next spotlight!

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NetGalley recently took over administration of the Book Blogs Ning at http://bookblogs.ning.com/. This active Ning site has over 24,000 bloggers, authors and publicists. We’ll be managing the site separately from NetGalley.com for the foreseeable future, and looking at ways to interact with this community through forums, groups and events.

image Member Survey
Our reader survey is still open (click here)! We’re gathering information on features and tools members like best, downloading habits and ideas for the future. Please share the survey with your coworkers or peers who use NetGalley!

image NY Librarian partnership
We are working with the New York City School Library System (NYCLS) to promote their annual conference in NYC in November through a special email round-up. We will be coordinating with the publishers who are exhibiting to help showcase their titles to all NYCLS and NYLA members attending.

image ABA Bookseller outreach
We have  a lot to talk about with our ABA bookselling members, so we’re planning a special communication to them in early October. In addition to being able to nominate titles for the Indie Next list, and opting in to receive the exclusive Digital White Box email, ABA booksellers can now add their ABA member number to their NetGalley profile.

image Finally, a note about emails we send about your account
We regularly explore our member database to identify members who could use a little help using NetGalley. This might be members who download but don’t provide feedback; members with incomplete profiles, or more. We also use NetGalley profile information and account history to reward members, too: for example we just did a special promotion for members who use our “tag as favorites” tool to connect with top-favorited publishers.  

We welcome your ideas and suggestions about ways we can connect with readers.

Happy Reading!
Tarah Theoret, Community Manager


September 17, 2014

NetGalley Blogger Spotlight

Welcome to our new series where we will be highlighting book bloggers that we think you should know about!

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Blog name:
Utter Biblio
Blog URL: http://utterbiblio.wordpress.com
Your name: Daniel

What genre does your blog focus on? 
To be honest, I don’t really focus on a particular genre. I try to read a bit of everything as my taste is quite diverse. One day I may read translated fiction and the next I’ll be reading comic books.

How long have you been blogging about books and why did you start? 
I’ve been blogging for around four years, now. I started because I wanted to share with others my love for reading. For a while I fell out of love with books, but it was down to the passion of a bookseller that I got back on the horse. I just wanted to reflect that passion onto others.

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September 16, 2014

♥ NetGalley Cover Love - September 

It’s time for more cover love, so here are some of the most recently added titles on NetGalley that caught our eyes. And, of course, the top cover YOU love this month.

Click through to read the full description, request the title, and “Like” the cover if you haven’t already. If you’ve already read these titles don’t forget to share feedback with the publisher and with your social network

Mr. Katz is a Zombie    Morte     Playing to the Gallery    Not Forgetting the Whale      Blue Lily, Lily Blue 
      StoryRhyme.com                     Soho Press                       Penguin Books (UK)          Orion Publishing Group                Scholastic Press
    Pub Date Oct 28 2014           Pub Date Jan 20 2015          Pub Date Sept 4 2014         Pub Date Feb 12 2015            Pub Date Oct 21 2014                                                                                                                                                                                                                

September 10, 2014

ABA October Indie Next List 
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The American Booksellers Association has announced the selections for the October 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!

Love Me Back          Nora Webster          A Sudden Light          The Fall          The High Divide
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Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace          Night Blindness         Florence Gordon         The Paying Guests          Some Luck
  View title on NetGalley                  View title on NetGalley                 View on NetGalley             Available on NetGalley by invite        Available on NetGalley by invite


Lila               Wolf in White Van                            
Available on NetGalley by invite     Available on NetGalley by invite        

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August 25, 2014

♥ NetGalley Cover Love - August 

Summer is nearly over, but the gorgeous covers keep coming! Last month we introduced an opportunity for you to tell us which covers YOU love! Go to any title in Find Titles and vote for your favorite covers. This month we will begin including the top cover YOU love on NetGalley.

Click through to read the full description, request the title, and “Like” the cover if you haven’t already. 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 #CoverLove

Sign of the Black Dagger    My Other Ex    Afternoon Delight   After the Rain      Nest 
         Floris Books             The HerStories Project Press      Penguin Group, Berkley/NAL        Tule Publishing                  Random House Children’s
    (Myrick Marketing)                (Patchwork Press)                  Pub Date Sept 16 2014          Pub Date July 11 2014              Pub Date Sept 9 2014
Pub Date Sept 19 2014           Pub Date Sep 15 2014                                                                                                        image

August 11, 2014

NetGalley Devours: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

NetGalley President, Susan Ruszala shares her review for Station Eleven! Do you love Emily St. John Mandel, too? Share your feedback via the Feedback section in NetGalley, or on Facebook and Twitter! (#NGdevours)


Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Knopf; Pub Date: Sept 9, 2014

When NetGalley first launched, one of the very first books we had on the site was Last Night in Montreal by Emily St. John Mandel. Today both NetGalley’s and St. John Mandel’s profiles have grown tremendously, but reviewing Station Eleven still feels a bit like coming home.

In the last three books I’ve read, the world as we know it has ended: a disquieting trend that has me catching my kids for an extra kiss, just in case. I started with California, the Colbert-fueled sensation by Edan Lepucki, and moved to The Book of Strange New Things by Michael Faber, featured in the latest edition of the Buzz Book project we promote in partnership with Publishers Lunch. Of the three, Station Eleven is preferred.

(Though a quick note on The Book of Strange New Things, which has not garnered nearly the same media attention: the central character, a priest with a checkered history of alcohol and drug abuse, addresses questions of faith so beautifully and simply, it’s worth a read. The missives between the priest, who is serving as a missionary on a new planet, and his wife, who remains on Earth as the world deteriorates, strike a perfect balance of the mundane and profound in a way that all couples can relate. It’s a book to give to a friend who likes to ponder, can appreciate clever and sophisticated writing and themes, but has a good sense of fun, too. There is a current of understated humor running throughout.

But back to Station Eleven, where the motto of the book’s traveling symphony is cheekily taken from Star Trek: Because survival is insufficient. The book is a swan song for all that is lost in the world, big and small, and the author captures that sentiment in a way that had me looking around for days at all the “taken for granted miracles that had persisted all around them.” The characters in the book are connected cleverly throughout the book—-a paperweight passes from friend to ex-wife to mistress; a dog’s name persists from pre-apocalypse to Year 15 of a new world; and more. The book cleverly see-saws between the character’s connections at the end of the current world, and their roles and histories twenty years hence.

Most of all (and missing from the other two books) Station Eleven is hopeful. In the most bitter of environments, Shakespeare persists, costumes are meaningful, and objects continue to have sentimental meaning. It’s that element that had us select this book at our UK Book of the Month (check out the UK cover here) and why it’s sure to top many lists over the coming months.

—Reviewed by Susan Ruszala, President, NetGalley

 

July 29, 2014

NetGalley Blogger Spotlight

Welcome to our new series where we will be highlighting book bloggers that we think you should know about!

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Blog name: Reading Teen
Blog URL: http://Readingteen.net
Your name: Andye

What genre does your blog focus on? 
We mostly review Young Adult with occasional Middle Grade and New Adult thrown in there.

How long have you been blogging about books and why did you start? 
I’ve been blogging going on five years. When I first started, I didn’t even know other people had book blogs. I just wanted a place to share my reviews with friends that were always asking me about books, and I wanted a fun way to share the enjoyment of reading with my teenager (she’s now almost 20!)

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July 14, 2014

ABA August Indie Next List 
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The American Booksellers Association has announced the selections for the August 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!

Painted Horses          Lucky Us          Small Blessings          A Man Called Ove        In the Kingdom of Ice
   View title on NetGalley                 View title on NetGalley                View title on NetGalley                 View title on NetGalley             View title on NetGalley

Life Drawing          The Magician's Land         The Book of Life         Herbie's Game          Mountaintop School for Dogs
  View title on NetGalley                  View title on NetGalley                 View on NetGalley                     View title on NetGalley               View title on NetGalley


The Good Girl      A Colder War         The Mockingbird Next Door         Tigerman          
View title on NetGalley       Available on NetGalley by invite     Available on NetGalley by invite     Available on NetGalley by invite         

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July 10, 2014

♥ NetGalley Cover Love - July 

We’re back with more covers we love and, even more exciting, a chance for you to tell us which covers YOU love! Be the first to LIKE your favorite covers on NetGalley.com! Go to any title in Find Titles and start voting now. Have fun—it’s addicting!

If you enjoy these lovely book covers, click through to read the full description, request the title, and “Like” the cover yourself!

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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 #CoverLove

Of Scars and Stardust    The Anatomy of Dreams    When Mythological Creatures Attack   Unnatural Selection      Edible French 
                  Flux                               Atria Books               University of Iowa Press                  Island Press                   Penguin Group Tarcher
  Pub Date Oct 8 2014             Pub Date Sep 16 2014           Pub Date Oct 1 2014         Pub Date Oct 28 2014           Pub Date Oct 7 2014