Raindropreflections: NetGalley and Me

Sunday, 29 January 2012

NetGalley and Me

So, well,  I have a Kindle. Needless to say, I was looking forward to utilize it for NetGalley. And ever since I’ve started using the ebook-ARC service, I’ve totally fallen for it.

It’s a plus for both publishers and reviewers. We get to read books early, and publishers get to build buzz. I’m assuming that an egalley costs less to publish than a print copy, so that’s even more economical.

As a reviewer, I absolutely love the service. It’s easy to navigate, and fun, and there are so many titles that I wouldn’t normally get but took a risk on and ended up loving. I’ve widened my reading horizons, and I love that.

I’ve gotten a bunch of promising-looking books to read over vacation, like The Peculiars, which I like a lot right now, and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, which has the coolest cover EVER. And there are a whole lot more books, more than I’d normally have gotten to read early.

There’s only one con to NetGalley: rejections. Ouch. I mean, I get that if everybody reads a book early, sales will go down when the book comes out. Plus, this is the publishers’ method of quality control. But still… yeah, one con. Not a lot. I love NetGalley.

How is YOUR experience with NetGalley? Love it? Hate it? Tell me about it!

17 comments:

  1. Rejections are never fun! Especially when you can't quite see a reason for them after following their instructions. But they happen! Then again, approvals and auto-approvals always make me extremely happy! Especially when you know they can reject it. 😉 I'm glad you can now be a part of it! NetGalley is wonderful!

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  2. I really like the concept of netgalley – being able to read an review books before they are released and all that jazz, but I'm never able to read up even half the books that I want to BECAUSE I don't have a kindle and I hate reading on the comp. I'm like, insanely slow when it comes to reading online. Mostly because I can't sit with my laptop for a long time at a stretch and – let's face it, print books have better appeal.

    Still, netgalley is pretty awesome in its own way. Although the rejections suck.

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  3. Mehhh. It might just be my Kobo and its slowness, but eARCs aren't for me. I totally get you about the promsing-looking books, though. Sometimes you take a chance and you find an absolutely genius book which just makes you wanna go "WHEEEE" and other times you get to read a book you wouldn't've gotten otherwise in hardcopy ARC form (OMG Stacey Kade's Queen of the Dead), which is killer.

    But it's the actual reading part of the eARCs that's totally tedious to me. Glad you're dealing better with it. 🙂

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  4. Ah, that makes sense. You're a print copy girl all the way. 🙂

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  5. I hate reading on the computer, too. That's why I'm glad I've got a Kindle, or I'd never have used NetGalley.

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  6. I have finally learned to control my NetGalley usage. I really only request books that I want to read because it's just so easy to request and request until you're buried in a pile of egalleys. I do love the service and I'm glad to see that more and more pubs are using it.

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  7. That's so true. Learning to control your OMG-a-book urges is hard, but as you demonstrate, possible.

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  8. NetGalley can be so random! I usually do okay with most publishers, but every now and again I run into trouble. It's hard not to take it personally, hah, although I really don't think it is. Some publishers pay a lot of attention to blogger/GoodReads reviews, others are approvals are somewhat arbitrary, I think. Oh well, the huge TBR pile is probably working in cahoots with the rejections saying "no, no, she already has enough to read!"

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  9. I love the idea of it but since I'm not a reviewer, I feel unethical using it so don't. But for all the bloggers…a whole lot of yes!

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  10. LOLOL! Yes, your TBR pile is actually helping you out!

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  11. Ah, that makes sense. Yay for us bloggers, then!

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  12. To be honest I had no idea what NetGalley was until I signed up. I requested a few books and got denied lol! I didn't know they had guidelines then once I updated my profile, I got approved and started reading on my iPad. It's such a different experience reading on a tablet then with a physical book.

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  13. Yeah, those rejections can sting. I assure you that no matter how established of a blogger or media person you are, you will get rejected every once in a while and be all totally, HUH? But-but-but she's one of my favorite authors! I've read all of their books in existence at least 5 times each and dedicated whole MONTHS to my blog to them. Yeah. 😛

    But welcome to NetGalley! I do love the concept of e-galleys. Definitely very economical–and convenient for those of us who live abroad. ;P

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  14. Oh, yes! I LOVE NetGalley! I always feel triumphant when a publisher gives me an auto-accept, even though they probably do it with lots of people. But when I get rejected? Yeah. It feels a little personal. Especially if it's a book I had every intention of reading and reviewing, but no intention of purchasing otherwise.

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