Friday, June 13, 2014

The Joys of NetGalley

For those of you who don't know, NetGalley is an organization where publishing companies can upload (?) their books for book bloggers to review. It's a win-win for both of us--the book will get more publicity, and the blogger gets a free book to review!

To get approved for a book, some publishing companies required that you have, say, 800 followers and 20,000 twitter followers. Fortunately (whew) many companies have little or no guidelines.

Here are the pros and cons to NetGelley:


1. FREE BOOKS. You can't top that.
Shailene Woodley’s impression of John Green  Pretty compelling.
2. More occasions to blog. I love having an excuse to do that.
The many cute faces of Ansel Elgort.
3. While you are obligated to write a review, you're not obligated to finish the book. Recently I got approved for an e-book that didn't turn out to be something I was interested in. I simply deleted the book from my kindle and mentioned in my review why I didn't finish it but that there were still some good parts.

1. The archive date. I didn't realize one of my book reviews was four days late.... Fortunately, the book wasn't un-downloaded from my computer and I'll still be able to add my review. The book has just been taken down from the website.

2. A book you request might end up not being something you want to read.

3. Sometimes the only format available is to download it to your computer, which is pretty inconvenient for me. I can't carry a laptop around with me everywhere (hence the book that missed the archive date).
Shailene Woodley’s impression of John Green  Pretty compelling.
4. You might not get approved for the book you want.

All in all, however, nothing trumps a free book, except for maybe a Dairy Queen Arctic Rush with ice cream up the side. Thank goodness for NetGalley.


  1. My humble new alternative is The first 100 authors can post their books for free (instead of $40) with coupon code: GY79QV4L
    Authors get to specify:
    - where the reviews need to go on Amazon and Goodreads
    - what type of reviewer you're looking for
    - the potential reviewers who actually get to read and review it
    - how long the review has to read and review your book
    - max nr of people you want to let read and review it
    Hopefully it will provide an interesting option in the book marketing jungle.

    1. Sounds cool! The downside is that even with 20 tags in my search (most of them for teen fiction) I couldn't come up with a single hit.