Imagine There’s No Galley, It’s Easy If You Try
This may be of particular interest only to blogging reviewers such as myself. Can you envision a future in which all the ARCs and galleys are sent to you electronically? Some people can.
NetGalley Signs St. Martin’s, Hachette; Will Officially Launch at BEA
By Lynn Andriani — Publishers Weekly, 4/24/2008 7:49:00 AM
Rosetta Solutions formally announced its new product and service, NetGalley, today. The online initiative <http://www.publishersweekly .com/article/CA6431504.html> will launch at BEA, with the mission of connecting publishers and “professional readers,” and streamlining the galley distribution process. NetGalley will enable book publishers, reviewers, media, librarians, booksellers, bloggers, educators and others to access and share content and information about new titles. Publishers that have already signed on to a pilot program include St. Martin’s, Hachette Book Group, Bloomsbury USA and Sourcebooks. Those houses will submit their advance fall titles to PW through NetGalley.
“We are delighted to be here at the beginning of this terrific program,” said Matt Baldacci, v-p, director of marketing and publishing operations at St. Martin’s. “NetGalley will make our interaction with Publishers Weekly more efficient, and has the potential to show cost, resource, and environmental efficiencies.”
During the pilot period, publishers will submit their title information—and, optionally, digital galleys—electronically to PW. In return, PW will provide visibility on review acceptance and status through NetGalley.com <http://netgalley.com/> . Pilot publishers will also have the opportunity to invite other reviewers, media and bloggers to join their community and view their galleys online. Print galleys will also still be accepted.
Ted Treanor, CEO of Rosetta Solutions, said the response from publishers has been “extraordinarily positive.”
Makes sense in terms of novels, I suppose. But picture books won’t transfer to this new medium well at all. Unless they come up with a paper thin computer that opens like a book, I can’t imagine reviewing something that tactile in any way but one-on-one. Thanks to Sara Easterly for the link.
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