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April 17, 2014

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

April 15, 2014

ABA May Indie Next List 
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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 title on NetGalley               View title on NetGalley               View title on NetGalley              View title on NetGalley              View title on NetGalley

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

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

April 11, 2014

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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!

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April 10, 2014

NetGalley is looking for a friendly, bookish, web-savvy, hands-on Summer Intern

NetGalley, a service for people who read and recommend books, is looking for a Summer Intern to assist our Concierge Team. A perfect candidate will be smart, friendly, bookish, and web-savvy—excited to help build pre-pub buzz for new books as well as facilitate intelligent community growth. Find out more about NetGalley at www.netgalley.com.

We’re looking for someone passionate about books who is a devoted digital reader, and has a solid understanding of current reading devices (and is always willing to learn!). A basic knowledge of the publishing industry and book publicity/marketing is preferred.

The NetGalley team is virtual, but most of our employees are based in the NYC metro area, and extra consideration will be given to candidates in this area. We’re looking for someone available to start immediately, and work 20 hours a week preferably until the end of August.

This internship provides a lot of potential to try new tasks, contribute your ideas and make your mark, but this position is entry-level and for “doers” only.

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April 1, 2014

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

March 19, 2014

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 networkWhat 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

March 14, 2014

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.

2. Keep me interested. If your email subject line is uninspired, I probably am too. Here are a few examples.

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February 27, 2014

ABA April Indie Next List 
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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 title on NetGalley               View title on NetGalley               View title on NetGalley                View title on NetGalley               View title on NetGalley

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

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

The  Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison        
Available on NetGalley by invite

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

February 14, 2014

JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER!

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

January 31, 2014

New to NetGalley: Recommend books to your friends via Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn

Each day NetGalley collects thousands of pieces of feedback about new titles, as members share star ratings, reviews, links, notes and recommendation plans through the site. Your feedback is essential to the commercial success of the books listed on our site—-and as professional readers, your recommendations matter a great deal when individuals decide what to read next.

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Today we’re introducing a new feature so NetGalley members can additionally share their Feedback with their social networks, via Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. It’s easy and you can share your reviews all the books you have access to on NetGalley. You can log in right now to try this out with Feedback you’ve already sent, or with new Feedback. 

When you share via NetGalley, your contacts will have the opportunity to view your comments on a private landing page which includes title information as well as standard inks to purchase the title from major book retailers.  Here are complete directions on how to share via NetGalley, as well as visuals of the whole process. Take a look! 

Sharing isn’t required, of course, but we think you’ll like how easy it is to pass along your recommendations as you share Feedback with the publisher. After all, who doesn’t want to tell someone when they’ve read something amazing?

(Note: NetGalley has no access to your social network information or contacts. This new feature simply makes it very easy for you to share Feedback widely, when you’ve already chosen to do so via NetGalley. You can always include links to your reviews on your blog or website, as part of the Feedback for the title.)

More Ways to Discover Titles on NetGalley

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We’ve added a new “Featured” category when you are browsing for titles on NetGalley. This new category is limited to 15 titles per week, specially selected by NetGalley and the publishers and authors we work with. You’ll often see a theme in the titles selected for this category, too. Click here to see which titles are Featured first.

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And you will also notice new region preferences on titles available for request. Region preferences make it much easier for you to select titles you’re likely to be approved for, because they are being published in your geographic region. 

Finally, we’ve added a link to our Help pages within your reader account. Look for the “Help” link at the top of your account, when you login. 

Discover books that Indie Booksellers Love

Buzz Book

Did you know that the majority of titles selected for the Indie Next list are available on NetGalley? Here is the March list.

We announced a new program for US indie booksellers, in partnership with the American Booksellers Association. Your Digital White Box will be delivered to you via email once a month, starting in February 2014. If you are an ABA member, sign up today!

Finally, get a head start on the biggest Spring titles by downloading the Publishers Lunch Buzz Book, now available on NetGalley to READ NOW. This is a unique volume of excerpts from many of the biggest books of the upcoming season.