I hadn't heard of it, but the explanation sounded good to me.
NetGalley delivers secure, digital galleys to professional readers. If you are a reviewer, blogger, journalist, librarian, bookseller, educator, or in the media, you can use NetGalley for FREE to read and request titles before they are published.
So I went to the NetGalley website, signed up, and requested her manuscript from the publisher. In short order, I received a notice in my email that the manuscript was ready for download. I followed the directions, and soon had a pdf to read on my computer! It was that simple
Of course I signed up to receive NetGalley e-letters and notifications of new publishers and the titles they are offering in digital format. I was also pleased to learn they offer downloads for various e-readers and have a section on their webpage to explore this option.
After receiving their last e-letter, I was even more impressed. Not only did I learn of new publishers and titles they've added, but I discovered a featured artist, and could easily connect with them because all the links, including to Twitter and Facebook, were provided. No searching necessary. I can't begin to express how much I appreciate this simple added convenience.
Next month, I'll tell you more about NetGalley via an interview with Lindsey Rudnickas. If you have specific questions about how it all works, leave them here. For now, please poke around this out-of-the-ordinary site, and be sure to connect with NetGalley through Twitter and Facebook.
Does your publisher utilize the NetGalley services? As a reviewer, have you received a manuscript from them? Please share your comments!
Dani Greer is founding member of the Blood-Red Pencil, spends her time writing, reviewing, editing, and promoting books and authors. She is special projects coordinator for Little Pickle Press, and teaches blog book tours classes on occasion. The next and last for the year starts on September 5. Please sign up at the classroom site and be prepared to work hard for a month learning how to plan your own tour. It will only cost you time and effort.