The ABC’s of ARCs, Netgalley Style

25 Jul The ABC’s of ARCs, Netgalley Style

• Thank you to #Netgalley for the ARCs pictured above •

Hey there, Bookworms.

Yesterday afternoon I finished reading Three Women by Lisa Taddeo. It’s a phenomenal piece of work, especially when you consider this was a ten-year project regarding the real lives of three different women. It left me feeling sad, and a sadness in general seems to unite these women’s stories in one form or another. It reads like a fast-paced contemporary fiction novel, but I think remembering these women are real takes it up several notches. It really doesn’t matter if you agree or disagree with the choices these women made. These are their stories and they were willing to share it with all of us. We are just the audience-who are here to listen.

I started another book on my Kindle last night. I still have a few hard copy books that I brought, but part of my book stash were also the library e-books. The book I started is really good so far and time was running out on its loan period, which I was I choose a Kindle book. I’ll share it with you soon.

We packed up this morning and have about a five hour drive to our next locale. I got to thinking about Netgalley because I was submitting some reviews on their website this morning. If you aren’t familiar with Netgalley, here’s a nutshell: : A website that allows you to set up a free account and attach a reading device (phone, Kindle, tablet, etc.). Select your genre preferences and then peruse their vast selection of ARCs (advanced reader copies). If you see a book you are interested in, tap on it and ‘request’ it. Don’t get frustrated if you are turned down or wait a while to hear back. I’ve heard back in as little as five minutes and as long as three months, the average time being a few weeks. What Netgalley wants from you in return for these e-books is an honest review. Often times you are receiving these copies many months before they are released to the public. Your reviews help generate interest for upcoming book publication dates. And remember, if you don’t like the book or didn’t finish it-you are allowed to say that.

I’ve had my account for a few years now and I am always impressed with the amount of available books they have. One time I got a little greedy and did a google search on other companies that do what Netgalley does. In summary, Netgalley and a site called Edelweiss are considered the top sites for ARCs. Another one that comes up as pretty popular is Let me save you the trouble, plainly stated, Edelweiss and Onlinebookclub suck. The platform and user face of Edelweiss is awkward. They do have some decent ebooks, but I had to search for awhile before I found one that I was sort of interested in. I did request it and it was over four months before I found out that I was declined. Online Book Club has a better user face, but the book selection feels low-budget ( in my opinion ), like they are the books that used book shops won’t take and end up in the take-me pile outside the store. The books on OBC have almost a generic feel, it’s strange. Needless to say, Netgalley is leaps and bounds ahead of and better than anything else I have seen.

The books in the picture above were released between April and June 2019, I read them well before those dates. I rated each either four or five stars (out of five). This morning I was on their site and was searching through their recently added titles. I requested two and ‘wished for’ two others. The ‘wished for’ is the only area that confuses me. Netgalley says you can hit the wish button and sometimes that publisher will ‘grant wishes,’ uh ok? I think I’ve wished for two others, but did not get them. My wishes were not granted. I’m not sure why wish-for books are even listed. For Netgalley first-timers, I would stick with the books that are either under ‘request’ or ‘read now’. If you do find a ‘read now,’ that’s exactly it, you will get it immediately.

The books pictured are:

• April 2019 •

My Coney Island Baby by Billy O’Callaghan

• May 2019 •

The Killer Across the Table by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker

• June 2019 •

The Summer We Lost Her by Tish Cohen

Man of the Year by Caroline Louise Walker

Recursion by Blake Crouch

Netgalley represents many publishers and ables you to search for titles by publisher. Sometimes I search that way simply to learn the existence of more publishing houses. Smaller houses are often owned by larger ones like Random House or Scribner.

We are about two hours shy of our destination. Hopefully I will get to stop and check out a cool book shop I read about (and mentioned a few posts back) in Southern Living magazine ( May 2019 ).

Go check out Netgalley if you haven’t already. I think you might be pleasantly surprised.



Life without a Kindle is like life without a library nearby.

-Franz McLaren

Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators.

-Stephen Fry
No Comments
  • East Coast Approach
    Posted at 19:03h, 26 July Reply

    My goodness! What a wealth of knowledge you are on all things books! I have just signed up for Netgally. Thank you so much!

    • the most constant
      Posted at 22:38h, 26 July Reply

      Oh yay, really?! I’m so glad to share it with you!! It has been wonderful.

  • CrazyCatLadyReads
    Posted at 01:27h, 14 August Reply

    Is there a good resource to get print ARCs? I don’t tend to read digital copies, and it looks like that’s what NetGalley exclusively provides (?)

    • the most constant
      Posted at 02:36h, 14 August Reply

      I don’t know if a resource like Netgalley that provides printed ARCs, I wish I did. Yes, as far as I know that’s what they offer. Maybe you could email Netgalley and ask if they know of any places/sites that offer printed ARCs. Their customer service is really good. I know the bigger publishers offer them, but usually they approach you.

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