Everyone loves reading books before they come out! I know I do! But how do we book bloggers get our hands on advanced reader copies? Let me count the ways.
NetGalley is an innovative and easy-to-use online service and connection point for book publishers, reviewers, media, librarians, booksellers, bloggers and educators.
NetGalley delivers digital galleys, often called advance reading copies, or ARCs, to professional readers and helps promote new and upcoming titles. Professional readers–reviewers, media, journalists, bloggers, librarians, booksellers and educators–can join and use NetGalley at no cost.
Edelweiss+ is a digital catalog platform that allows publishers to share catalogs and review copies with booksellers, librarians, reviewers, and other book professionals.
There are thousands of review copies on Edelweiss+ available to download now or request from the publisher!
- Easily manage your requests and downloads
- Read on the device of your choice
- Communicate with publishers
- Send reviews to Goodreads or other review sites
Be the first to read new books! Read excerpts, share your thoughts, earn points, and win free books. Win books by giving your opinion. Read excerpts from pre-published books by selecting which covers draw you in, then give a mini-review to enter a raffle for a copy of the book.
Hoopla provides public libraries of all sizes the ability to offer patrons an enormous selection of digital video (movies and TV shows), music, audiobooks, ebooks and comics to their patrons. For these libraries, they’ve pioneered a unique model that allows patrons to borrow content immediately, removing artificial availability constraints and maximizing the power of digital content and Internet distribution.
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Borrow and read e-books and audiobooks from your local library. You’ll have offline access to your borrowed books, be able to read across devices so you don’t lose your place, and even have the ability to send the book to your kindle.
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While not as extensive as the other options, it is still a great place to get your audiobooks. Educators, librarians, booksellers, media/reviewers, and influencers can join our Audiobook Listening Copy (ALC) program for complimentary audiobooks. You’ll get a mix of new and upcoming audiobook releases each month.
We attend a few conventions each year and run around to the many booths to get our grubby little hands on advanced copies. When you get a physical ARC, they have information for who to contact with a review and when to post it on the back cover. Which brings us to the next way to get an ARC.
Contact the Publisher/Agent
As you review more you will make contacts with publishers, agents, and authors. You can reach out to them to request specific copies of books. I personally request from Sourcebooks, HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, Macmillan, St. Martins, and the New Leaf Literary Agency. I have made these contacts at conventions as well as from blogging.
Some authors also have a PR contact listed on their website for contacting them about advanced copies and interviews.
When you are granted an ARC, you are obligated to review it in a timely manner. Keep that in mind when you are logging in a plethora of requests for books.
NetGalley uses a feedback rating for its reviewers. If you don’t provide feedback, you rating goes down, as does your chance for approval from publishers.
I recommend a few things when you start requesting:
- If you know you don’t like a certain genre, don’t request it. There’s no need to write a bad review when you know up front you won’t enjoy the book.
- Check the publication date. Give yourself an appropriate amount of time to read and review that book.
- Read the synopsis and check to make sure you are not requesting the second or third book in a series. Save yourself the headache and check it up front.
- Both NetGalley and Edelweiss offer a way for you to filter your search results. Use them. As I only read YA & MG, I don’t need to see cookbooks and autobiographies.
- Do. Not. Request. More. Than. You. Can. Read.
- When you are approved, make a note somewhere for the book’s publication date to remind you to paste your review into NetGalley/Edelweiss before the book is archived.
- Make an adobe digital editions account. Many books are sent through this program, especially graphic novels, and even though you can read the file with a different program, you will need to have the ADE account to remove the DRM.
Listen to the Guidelines
When you are approved for a title, you will receive an email. Sometimes, the email details when you may publish your review, a media kit, and sometimes even a chance to get in on the author’s blog tour. ALWAYS. READ. THIS. EMAIL. It is not just telling you that you can read this book.
Most publishers prefer the review to go up around 2 weeks of the publication date. 2 weeks before, 2 weeks after, but always within 2 weeks.
That’s all for today. Join me next time when I talk about writing your first review.
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