Until a few months ago, I’d never even heard of NetGalley. But when one of my author friends mentioned it, I soon figured out it was huge.
Basically NetGalley is a place where readers, librarians, book buyers and reviewers can go to download free copies of e-books. The way it works is, authors and publishers pay a fee to list their books. Members of NetGalley then look at the site and request the titles that interest them. These requests are either approved or denied by the authors/publishers. If the request is approved, the requester gets a free, digital copy (either epub or mobi file from what I understand) of the book in exchange for an honest review. If you want a better explanation, you can check out How It Works on NetGalley.
Sounds like a fantastic system that’s advantageous for all parties, right?
My answer to that would be yes and no. Continue reading
You’ve probably seen studies that show female readers outnumber male readers by a fairly wide margin. I don’t know what the margin is – you think I sit around reading studies all day?
Of course men do read. I don’t know what the scope or methodologies of the studies were, or whether they encompassed such reading materials as appliance instruction manuals and periodicals (ahem). Even so, that doesn’t mean men couldn’t make a better showing.
It seems obvious that part of the problem is the current rating system. I don’t know if you’ve ever looked closely at the current and most widely-used rating system for books, but it breaks down something like this: Continue reading
Goodness, the year has raced past at a rate of knots! It seems like only yesterday I was decorating the Christmas tree, and now that time is almost upon us again! Only thirty-seven Christmas shopping days left. Eeeek!
So, how has your year been? Did you stick to your new year’s resolutions? Did you achieve what you set out to do? Did you write the books you wanted to? Did you read the books you wanted to?
That seems a bit sensationalistic, doesn’t it? Well, there’s been a lot of play in the Internet news the past few weeks about Goodreads and what its users have been doing to authors: Bullying, threatening sexual violence, threatening physical violence, dogs and cats living together… Continue reading
Earlier this month Stephen Hise gave his take on a survey of readers coordinated by bestselling author Marie Force. On the subject of reviews, Hise summarized a few of the survey’s findings with these words:
Reviews are important, but readers pay far more attention to other reader reviews on retail sites than to reviews from publications and review sites.
This seemed like a fair summary of the six survey questions related to reviews and their impact although I did have one nit to pick, which we’ll get to shortly. In the comments I saw this exchange between Hise and IU contributor Lin Robinson. Continue reading