21. stu 2014.

Bookish Problems #15 - NetGalley vs Edelweiss

Hello dears. I got inspired for another Bookish Problems post and this is actually a question that's been coming to my mind from time to time. Please note that I'm not favoring either because I get approved there more or anything, just my view of the both.

NetGalley 

I'll start with NetGalley as I have been there longer. So, first thing that grabbed me when it comes to this site is organization and how easy it was to navigate it. Because I really tend to keep everything around me organized this was a really important thing to me. Another good thing it that you have your profile there where you can check your stats, which I couldn't find at Edelweiss. I really pay attention to this as I try to read all arcs I download so I really love that thing about NetGalley. Still archive date always works for me as it helps me organize (I'm an organization lunatic as you can see) my reads. But let's face it when it comes to YA book there are many that aren't available there. Which now leads us to Edelweiss.

Edelweiss

I resisted and avoided this site for quite some time. I had profile there for years but I started requesting books there just last spring. Main reason for that is that it's not easy to find your way there. It took me some time to get used to the site and how to find what I was looking for. You have epiphany once you get to look around and search for some books as you get a really great list of titles and some amazing books offered that you cannot find at NetGalley. I was also really surprised how easily I got approved there as I haven't been active for years. Downside is that I don't get to see my stats and this will sound weird but there is no archive (as far as I have seen). I'm always "nah, I'll read it soon" and then I end with that book on my Kindle for months.

Final verdict: Both. Yes I might be better familiar with NetGalley but Edelweiss offers some amazing books that you cannot miss. So,

So penny for your thoughts. Which one do you prefer and why? I always love to hear your opinion so share! I don't bite. Promise!

Until the next time, 

Broj komentara: 25:

  1. Ah yes both are really interesting but the NG interface is so much easier for everything. So it would be the same answer for me too.

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  2. Netgalley is really organised and I love the layout with our dashboard. But I do find that approval for US titles is a lot harder in comparison to Edelweiss. Though E's formatting is so much better than NG sometimes. I have more on one occasion that I couldn't really read them. But hey, it's free books so I'm certainly not complaining!

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  3. I use both as well and there are advantages and disadvantages to each site. I like having more than one option though so it is nice having two great places to request and receive books.

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  4. I prefer Netgalley too, for those same reasons. I love the feedback options on NG and the profile that's pretty easy to keep track of. But I'm auto approved for more on Edelweiss so I often end up there. And yet, when the publishers send me widget invites, it's always through Netgalley. So I guess both are essential. I couldn't survive without them. :)

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  5. Thanks for the great dialogue and discussion! We’re happy that you rely on NetGalley, and are always happy to hear your suggestions for how to improve the site and our title selection. Can I make a few suggestions to get the most out of your NetGalley account?

    -Tag publishers as favorites for easy browsing (and sometimes special promotions)
    -Also see their archived titles and search on them (even if title not available for request)
    -Select your Categories in your Profile for special emails about new titles.
    -And vote for covers on the site – publishers and authors take this into consideration!

    And if you ever have any questions or concerns, contact our support team by clicking the Help button in your account.

    All best,
    Tarah Theoret
    Community Manager, NetGalley

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  6. I think I may have a slight preference for EW but that's only because I have more auto approvals, so I AM being a little biased for sure. But I do like the option of being able to see your approval to reviewed ratio on NG. But NG can be a little frustrating when trying to post a review. It's so difficult to find out the tabs and stuff because they are all over the place. Both are great though! :)
    Great post, Tanja!

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  7. I have been on Netgalley for much longer and get more auto approvals for it, plus it's much easier to navigate to I do absolutely love it. That being said, while EW is overwhelming there are just much more books that I want on EW. So, like you, I\m going to have to go with both.

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  8. I have accounts for both too but have only been using NG because it's easier to use. The first time I looked at EW I couldn't understand it at all! I took another look the other day and finally found where I can request books. I'm going to give that a try soon :D

    Eileen @ BookCatPin

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  9. I do love the wide range of books that are available on Edelweiss, I have been having a great bit of luck with their books so far, but like you mentioned I do like staying on track with how many reviews I've fedback etc on Netgalley, it really does make me want to stay on top of things a lot more! Fab post!

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  10. I like NetGalley. Just seems easier to use and get books.

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  11. I use them both too but I like the website for NetGalley better
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

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  12. EW hasn't had as much YA lately, so I haven't used in a while

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  13. Both are great, but Edelweiss really needs to update their search functions. It's a pain to find books, at least for me.

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  14. EW and NG are both good in their own ways. NG has a more professional feel to it and is so much more easier to navigate, but EW has more books (particularly YA ones).

    Interesting post, girl! <33

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  15. Netgalley is (imo) suitable for newbie bloggers simply because it's (from my own personal experience) easier to request and be granted the access to titles + the site is so much easier to navigate. Edelweiss is so tricky that I still don't know how to useit properly. LOL! I always hear how easy it is for edelweiss users to get approved but that's not the case for me at all. Maybe I'm an exception to the rule. There's only one publisher who always grants me access to their titles but tbh I don't like to request much at all so I'm probably the weirdo here ;) I think Edelweiss is trying to get more comfortable to use and the developments they make have made using the site easier. I agree, both is a good option ;) Great post, Tanja!

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  16. I use NetGalley the most because, for the life of me, I never figured out Eidelweiss. When I see some book that sounds appealing to me, I ask for it on NG. But then again, not much. I'm honestly not the right person I'd say, to answer your question but I would go with that gif you used and say, 'why not both?' Great post, Tanja!

    Sarika @ The Readdicts

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  17. I use NetGalley the most because, for the life of me, I never figured out Eidelweiss. When I see some book that sounds appealing to me, I ask for it on NG. But then again, not much. I'm honestly not the right person I'd say, to answer your question but I would go with that gif you used and say, 'why not both?' Great post, Tanja!

    Sarika @ The Readdicts

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  18. I've only recently started with NetGalley so I've mostly been looking at the Read Now books to build up my feedback percent. I'm not familiar with Edelweiss though I do recognize the name. Since I'm still a newbie blogger I'd stick with NG for now but I'll certainly check out EW! Great post, Tanja :)

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  19. I love the organization of Netgalley. They are easier for me to use and most of the publisher invites I get are through them. I like the tips Tarah at Netgalley gave in the above comment, I'll have to apply the "tag publishers as favorites one". Edelweiss is a must as well. There are titles and publishers on there that aren't up on Netgalley such as HarperCollins but I do find it harder to keep track of my ARCs that way. I usually write them down on a calendar once I've been approved so I can try and get to them before the release date.

    Great post and thoughts, Tanja! :)

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  20. Agree that NG is way more user friendly. I think EW is more designed for booksellers and much of it is a mystery to me. I get rejected on EW much more often, so I try to stick to the couple pubs who like me...

    But I use both -- as those of us who use them both know, some pubs use one and some use the other and some mysteriously switch around. So it's good to cover all your bases...

    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

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  21. I have had an account on both sites for a while, but I never requested anythign on edelweis. I did request quite soem books from netgalley already, I just love how organized their site is and how easy it is to find something. I really want to give edelweiss a try, but it's so confusing, I just gave up trying to make sense of it. Maybe I should give Edelweiss another try as they seem to have some great books.

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  22. I also use both. Edelweiss has more literary fiction or nonfiction that you would not find on NetGalley, plus it's awesome to find books with a theme that will be published many months ahead

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  23. Edelweiss has such a great collection of books, but I've only ever been approved for one, though I haven't requested many (in part because i don't expect to be approved and also because its a lot more work). So I favor NerGalley, but more because its easier than better. If edelweiss liked me better I'd use it more. Great post!

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  24. I only started using NetGalley because a small press I've been working with started to use them. Outside of those auto-approvals, I've only requested 2 books.

    Terri M.
    Second Run Reviews

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  25. I use both, but I will say I like Edelweiss more. I get approved easier, and there is so many good upcoming books! Especially YA, and I just love the picks there more than Netgalley. I do like how easy it is to use NG but I used EW first and got the hang of it fairly quickly too! And there is an archive where you can see what you have been approved, declined and written a review for! Research it and hopefully you can find it in the right place ^^ I hope you find it!

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