NetGalley.com – Excellent Source for Librarians

NetGalley.com is now one of my favorite sites. I signed up on June 12 and spent several hours on June 13 to read through the FAQs, QAs, and other info; add my photo, contact information, links, interest categories (almost all of them), and a bio; update my version of Adobe Digital Editions and my Adobe PC registration (which needed doing anyway); set up my Kindle documents account (which also needed doing anyway); and select 5 books. Later, I set up Library Thing a bit more.

I spent so much time setting up because the site hooked me with all those yummy e-books. The process was straight-forward and the site is easy to use, with excellent help info (better about the Kindle documents than Amazon’s help). I really like the eclectic nature of the site – so many publishers, every sort of book that’s being published – which makes it a great time-saver for browsing and keeping up on what’s in the pipeline. I also really like the format choices for downloads because I read on both my Kindle and on my main computer.

On this first go-round, I picked two “immediate reads” and had them sent to my Kindle right away – (1) The Best Digital Marketing Campaigns in the World II, 3rd edition, by Dania Ryan; and (2) Crossing the Line, a Paris Homicide Mystery by Frederique Molay, so that I wouldn’t have deadline problems for the Nebraska Learns 2.0 assignment. I also picked three other books: (3) Race Unmasked, by Michael Luddell; (4) The Lazarus Curse, a Dr. Silkstone Mystery, by Tessa Harris; and (5) Creed, by Lindsay Cuneid (YA suspense). Approvals for the three arrive June 17. By the 18th, I also had sent these three and one more, (6) The Night Visitor by Dianne Emley (paranormal thriller), to my Kindle. I’ve been pre-approved by a publisher now, too.

I’ve read #1, 2, and 4, have started (and will finish) the other 3, and will review all 6 over the next couple of weeks. My review of #4, The Lazarus Curse, a Dr. Silkstone Mystery, by Tessa Harris, is available at these 4 locations:

I’ll post a review later on Amazon.com. It’s not allowing pre-publication reviews right now.

By the way, I appreciate being able to leave feedback for the publisher as well as answers to their questions and the review and rating. It’s a chance to be a bit critical without having a negative public effect, especially with things like strange formatting problems or typos or other errors.

NetGalley is VERY helpful to me as a librarian. I read constantly, but I do not have a large personal book-buying budget, and our library materials budget is small, so it’s really helpful to be able to read free advance copies and choose carefully. Because the site is so eclectic, it’s an efficient source for keeping track of and budgeting for books by our patrons’ favorite authors and for discovering authors whose work they probably will like. I’ve already ordered the books in the Paris Homicide and Dr. Silkstone series and probably will order Race Unmasked; and I’m on the lookout via NetGalley for good YA books, especially series.

Writing more reviews is good for me personally and as a librarian, too. Usually I don’t review books I don’t like – why attract attention to a book you don’t think is worth reading? – but I’ll figure out how to handle that dilemma. Thinking about a book more and longer after reading it increases my memory of it and prepares me to talk about it more clearly with patrons, too. So I’m sure to keep using NetGalley for a very long time.

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