Doc’s Box is a look inside some of the little treasures that keep Doc moving forward most days. This week, we’re going to look at one of the best things around for book lovers, especially bloggers, reviewers, librarians, booksellers, or educators: NetGalley.
NetGalley is a honey of a website, with its current iteration launched in 2012, offering those of us with a voracious appetite for books the opportunity to get our claws on free reads, many of which are offered before publication.
The publications are digital, and come from publishers of every size and shape, including Harlequin, Penguin, Random House, Simon & Schuster and many others in the US, Canada, UK and Australia. Some books are immediately available, whereas others require approval from the publisher.
It’s dead easy to find a book you’d be interested in. You can search by author or title; you can browse by genre; you can browse by publisher. You can browse by available now, available for request, and most requested. Once you’ve gotten your hands on the title of your choice, you can download it in a number of formats, or simply read it on your computer or laptop screen. The site maintains a bookshelf for you so it’s a snap if you want to gather more than one title to read and review. There is a catch, however – the books come with a time limit, but relax! You usually have a month or more to read your selections!
Hope you found this of some value. I’m a nut when it comes to books, especially books for free. This is better than your local library, because you can read your book on the go, and months before it’s officially published! Check it out!