NetGalley has launched a new feature that enables ABA member booksellers to nominate titles to the Indie Next Lists via its galley review program. The nomination process is part of the “feedback” that booksellers can choose to submit for titles on the NetGalley site. Users are not required to submit feedback, but NetGalley encourages them to do so, as the comments of early readers influence publishers’ marketing plans and other decisions.
“This collaboration acknowledges the role of indie booksellers in discovering great new reads and provides more exposure for the Indie Next List,” said ABA Senior Program Officer Joy Dallanegra-Sanger. “Thousands of independent booksellers already use NetGalley to access advance reading copies, so this is a natural evolution.”
In recognition of independent booksellers’ role in introducing promising new talent to the book community as a whole, titles in ABA’s Indies Introduce Debut Authors program for spring 2014 are now highlighted on NetGalley.
“Our imperative is to design programs and features that help professional readers be effective influencers, and provide more information to publishers about how early reading ignites buzz and promotes sales,” said NetGalley President Susan Ruszala. “We’re delighted to work with ABA to support the Indie Next list, and look forward to introducing future programs that give more indie booksellers access to advance reading copies.”
New features for all NetGalley member types — booksellers, reviewers, librarians, educators, and the media — were also announced last week. Members can now give feedback about their intent to purchase a title, how they will recommend a title, and whether it deserves star ratings. The NetGalley Member Profile has been redesigned to make it easier for professional readers to provide information about how they review books, influence book sales, and connect with reading communities.
More than 250 publishers worldwide use NetGalley to interact with over 145,000 professional readers. Reviewers, bloggers, media, librarians, booksellers, and educators can register for free at NetGalley and request digital galleys from the catalog. They can also be invited to view a title by a publisher using the NetGalley widget. Once approved by the publisher, NetGalley members can view secure digital galleys on all major reading devices and tablets.