Poll: NetGalley vs. Edelweiss

This is just a random poll to see which way to get ARCs and other galleys you guys like the most.  Personally, I’m a NetGalley fan because I find Edelweiss incomprehensible and impossible to navigate but I know everyone doesn’t feel this way.  Feel free to chime in in the comments section!

16 comments

  1. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    NetGalley is so much more usable. I like being able to track my stats (even if Edelweiss doesn’t show this metric, I would guess publishers may still keep track). Or maybe I am biased because I think I am also way more likely to be approved at NetGalley as I feel some publishers use Edelweiss more for librarians and book sellers than bloggers. 🙂 Or maybe they just like me better over at NetGalley. Either way, I have no complaints about either or approvals/denials, just prefer NetGalley.

    • Carrie Slager

      Yes, I do love the stats tracking on NetGalley as it really is a good motivator. I haven’t actually requested anything from Edelweiss but I can see why you prefer NetGalley if you get approved more. 🙂

  2. charliegirlteachergirl

    NetGalley IS so friendly! The only thing I wish they would add would be a feature for us to search by title/author in the books we’ve been approved for. I tried Edelweiss because I kept hearing there was a better variety of books, but it was a disaster. There was no structure or organization to follow. If they would do a serious overhaul on their website, I’d love to use them both!

    • Carrie Slager

      No, Edelweiss is a disaster and even the FAQs I found were absolutely incoherent. Like you, I’d be open to using Edelweiss regularly if they actually designed their website with any sort of logical thinking involved. NetGalley is at least idiot-proof for people like me. 😉

  3. karaebenhack

    Netgalley is very user friendly, however I find there is a much better selection from the big publishers available on Edelweiss. On NetGalley I feel like I have to wade through a lot of self-published garbage. Very rarely do you find something good that is self-published on NetGalley. For every one title I find from the big publishers on NetGalley you can find 5 on Edelweiss.

    • Carrie Slager

      You see, the thing is I love self-published books and I’ve found some absolutely amazing ones on NetGalley. I guess it’s up to personal preferences when you look at it like that. You just have to know what to look for to distinguish good self-published books from the bad.

      That’s definitely a good reason to use Edelweiss, though. I know a lot of the big publishers put their galleys on there but since I’m not attached to or otherwise affiliated with a big publisher I just really can’t be bothered to wade through their hideous, illogical website design.

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  5. Anya

    I definitely see the appeal of NetGalley’s user interface more, but some publishers like HarperCollins seem to use predominantly Edelweiss, so I can’t decide between them because I want books from both D:

    • Carrie Slager

      Fair enough! 🙂 I’m not particularly attached to any one publisher so I just really can’t be bothered with Edelweiss. Although with that said, I do love the Australian publishers over at NetGalley; they’re much more blogger-friendly than American or Canadian publishers for whatever reason.

  6. Lola

    I voted for netgalley. I love netgalley, their site is easy to understand and navigate and they have lots of books and fifferent genres. I understood Edelweis and after visitng one or two times I never really took the time to understand how their site works. I do have an account there I think. Although like Anya mentioned some publishers do only seem to use Edelweiss, so it does feel like I am missing out on those books by not being active on Edelweis.

    • Carrie Slager

      Yeah, sometimes it does feel like I’m missing out but then I look at Edelweiss again and just can’t deal with their illogical layout and tiny print. Oh well, because of that I find a lot more awesome self-published books over on NetGalley. 🙂

    • Carrie Slager

      Well, you’re ahead of me because I couldn’t even figure out how to request a book! 🙂 I’m glad I’m not the only one that found Edelweiss impossible to navigate.

  7. Laura Ashlee Graves (@LauraAshGraves)

    I know NetGalley is more user-friendly, but I think I’ve figured Edelweiss out at this point. If we’re just talking review copies, they send out an Edelweiss update email every week with a link to their review copies tab. I just look at them once a week to see what’s been added recently. It usually doesn’t take more than 15-30 minutes. Plus, a lot of publishers initially put their books up for immediate download, then change it to review requests later. I’ve gotten tons of ARCs this way without having to bother with requesting. Edelweiss also doesn’t count it against you if you don’t provide feedback, so I can take more chances with some of the immediate download books without worrying about whether or not I’ll actually get to it. Generally, if I’m going to request something I’ll use NetGalley because if I want it enough to request it, I’ll actually read and review.

    Sorry about the novel. I just think I’m one of the only people that actually uses Edelweiss.

    • Carrie Slager

      No, don’t apologize for long comments! I’m so glad to get another perspective here in this discussion.

      I think once you get the hang of Edelweiss it’s probably worth it for the reasons you stated, but I really just can’t be bothered. There aren’t any books on there that I want so desperately that I’ll spend a couple of hours trying to figure out how their system works. I’m just not all that attached to any one publisher.

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