Netgalley is one of the most popular website that connects readers , publishers , authors , librarians , etc . Being on the Netgalley is currently a rage in the book blog . You have probably heard of this site that offers free e-ARCs in return for review . Should you join it , though ?
Here are the pros and cons of Netgalley :
- You get to read books for free
- You get to read books before they are even published !
- Bloggers will get too many requests through their blog itself to have time to deal with these .
- Authors/ Publishers pay way too much to give their books away for free
Let me rant , now , will you ? Firstly , why should anyone pay to give their things away for free ? I understand that the sales might go up after getting reviews via Netgalley , but hey , aren’t we bloggers the actual people reviewing books ?
Are we bloggers too lazy as to search up a Publisher’s email and details to request for ARCs and Review copies ? I don’t see any other reason for anyone to join Netgalley and request books through them .
Fact 1 :
You still risk rejection
Fact 2 :
You still have to have a good-enough blog to be approved . Being on Netgalley isn’t what gets you approval , but it is rather your blog and stats itself .
This is not confined to Netgalley alone . Almost all reviewer programs are just the same but I chose Netgalley to write this post about because they are the big-timers right now .
The points certain bloggers put forth as a reason for you to join the Netgalley are :
Free membership with no Premium membership offers
Hello ? They are making money out of the number of bloggers in their website . If they do make it a paid membership , do you think bloggers would be exited about joining it ? And if the bloggers walk out , do you think the company would still be profitable ? No . This is not something they do for the bloggers , but for themselves . How is that a reason for you to join ?
You get ARCS
As I mentioned above , you can get ARCs without actually having a Netgalley account . So that’s no reason , either .
You get ARCs without a blog
This can also happen without a Netgalley account . I’ve got a lot of books before I even started blogging . This is because I had a solid base on Goodreads and I know a lot of people who got review copies via Goodreads and other social media .
You don’t have to write a detailed review of what you feel
That is the worst reason I’ve ever seen . You review a book because you want to tell your readers if the book was worth it . You actually have to tell them all that you loved and hated because that is how you pay back to your lovely readers – by telling them if the book is worth their money . However , many of us don’t write pages of rants . A 6 line review about what you think will suffice if it manages to convey what you feel .
You don’t have to review books you request
This is against the virtual rules of the book blogosphere . You might not want to review a book because you just can’t complete it or because you didn’t like the book is understandable but requesting a book knowing you are not going to write a review is indecent of you , to put it slightly . Why would you request a REVIEW copy , if you are set against reviewing from the start ?
You can see publisher preference :
What does that even mean ? Let me rephrase the title , you can see what the publisher wants of you after you accept the review copy . Honestly , what do you think is going to be expected ? A review up in your blog at any specific time the publisher might have in mind .
Getting Badges :
This is the funniest of all reasons . How many of us judge a blog by the number of badges it has up ? A blog is judged by its content , not the virtual awards or badges you might get . I understand how it might feel like an achievement , having a ” Professional Netgalley Reviewer ” or so badge up , but at the end of the day , it’s just a badge . If you don’t have amazing content to show case , the badges would mean nothing .
Huge collection :
Wait..aren’t books coming out in a large number every month ? Aren’t there a thousand more waiting to be released ? If we have a book we just can’t wait for , why not go search a little about the publisher or even the author itself ? Most of the times , authors have sign up forms for VIP readers who get ARCS months before the release . And this is a huge collection , too -only , you are a little choosy .
Making connections with Publishers :
Ah , there we go again . Isn’t that what we do via blogs as well ? Many bloggers make connections with publishers through their blog itself and they don’t really need Netgalley as a medium .
So , you see ? There’s really no exclusive reason to join Netgalley as people would have you believe . I get it that it’s pretty neat and wrapped up , but that is what lazy is , right ? And also , publishers receive 100s of requests for books , do you really think you will end up actually making connections with them that way ? You are one among a lot of reviewers . What makes you remember-able ?
Am I missing out something important here ?