Friday, 15 March 2019

Book Blogger Hop: Do you use NetGalley, Edelweiss, both, or neither?


About The Meme
The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer's permission, it was relaunched by The Coffee Addicted Writer on February 15, 2013.

Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. 
There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop's purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog. 


Do you use NetGalley, Edelweiss, both, or neither?


I'm signed up for both NetGalley and Edelweiss but I typically just use NetGalley.

To be honest, I don't think I understand Edelweiss, it's all very messy, busy and unintuitive.
I'm rarely declined on NetGalley but on Edelweiss I'm rarely approved!
This is a shame because I think that the selection of books on Edelweiss is often superior to that of NetGalley.

I think there must be some kind of wizardry involved in Edelweiss approvals... Some metaphorical secret handshake to stick in your 'about me' section that lets the publishers know you're in the club and to tick the yes button every time you ask nicely for a book.

I would say if anybody knows what that is to let me in on the secret but, actually, please don't.
I really don't want to fall into the ARC trap pit again. I've been relatively well behaved of late and I still have about a dozen eARCs to wade through.
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23 comments:

  1. I don’t use either of them because I don’t read ARCs. I’m not interested in reading unfinished books and review deadlines!

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    1. Most of them are the finished article, maybe just not final copyedited but I can ignore some grammar or spelling errors (it's not that bad). However, I hate the deadlines so I'm using less and less. :/

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  2. I never signed up for Edelweiss, I just didn't understand the site at all. It looked too complicated. I did sign up for NetGalley and get approved usually when I request a book from there.

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    1. It's super complicated! There's just no need, lol.

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  3. I have the same trouble with Edelweiss. I'm always declined there, so I just stopped trying. I get approved most of the time on NetGalley, but I've really slowed down on requesting stuff. I got so overwhelmed with ARCs last year.

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    1. It's so easy to request loads thinking you'll maybe get approved for one and end up approved for 12!

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  4. I don't often request arcs anymore but when I do I use both Edelweiss and NetGalley. I used to have very little luck getting approved on Edelweiss until I came across a blog post (Avalinah's, I think?) about how to improve your profile at Edelweiss. I followed her recommendations and after that I was approved much more often!

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    1. Oh cool! I'll need to hunt that post out when I'm back in the mood for ARCs. I'm trying to work through what I have and then focus on reading my backlist for a bit.

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  5. I use both and find I am approved some of the time through Edelweiss. I am on a couple of publisher lists which make it a bit easier to be approved there, I think. I definitely think though that NetGalley is more user friendly. And I tend to use it more often than I should.

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    1. I dont think I've ever been on a publisher's list. :(

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  6. I use NetGalley more often, I think it's geared more towards book bloggers than Edelweiss is. I like their badges system, I wished there were more badges to earn, tbh. LOL.

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    1. I agree, Edelweiss seems very publisher/seller heavy

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  7. Ha I've heard that about Edelweiss. Like it's a secret cult or something. :)

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  8. Thanks for stopping by! And I like your answer! Oh I love this sentence: "I really don't want to fall into the ARC trap pit again" that's me now with Netgalley! I can't stop requesting books! I will stay away from Edelweiss.Thanks :D

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    1. I find that I request 12 assuming I'll be rejected for all but one or two and end up with all 12. It's just evil, lol.

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  9. I mainly use Netgalley. I get approved there enough to keep a steady supply of ARC reviews on my blog. I signed up for Edelweiss but, like you, I found the site not at all user friendly. I also got rejected for everything I requested from them so I now only use them if a publisher sends me a link to there for a book they would like me to review.

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  10. I use both, but after almost 8 years, I deal mostly with publishers who send me direct links as I prefer eARCS because of my eyesight and arthritis.

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  11. I have never used any of those, maybe I am to young on book blogging))

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  12. I feel your pain. For the longest time I didn't bother using my Edelweiss account because I never got approved but I've been blogging, improved my profile and used blog tours to get the "hard to get" books from there (When it comes to romance it's the Avon ones that are hard to get) and now I usually get approved. It's a lot of work but I enjoy being able to request from there now and again.

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  13. From what I hear a lot of people have the same issue with Edelweiss!! I am hoping to use NetGalley more. Good luck with not drowning with all the ARC approvals haha! I have noticed people mentioning that it's really easy to log on and see you've been approved for more than you expected to be approved for.

    Thanks for stopping by my post! :)

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  14. I use both. You probably see different books than I do, but what I have noticed is that some publishers offer more books on EW than on NG. My understanding is that EW is more for librarians and booksellers as well, which is probably why you don't get as many approvals on there. I have a few pubs that will pre-approve their books for me, but others that will never, ever, never grant me a book. I just keep trying and see what I can get.

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  15. I absolutely love NetGalley. It is easy to use and there are lots of great titles on there. EW is something that I have never enjoyed using and I rarely get approvals on, so I pretty much avoid it. :)

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