Booksellers will get “quicker and wider access” to book proofs from across the publishing industry through a partnership with the Booksellers Association and NetGalley.
UK booksellers will get access to digital proofs from over 50 publishers – including Bonnier, Hachette, HarperCollins, Penguin Random House and Pan Macmillan in the new deal.
By entering their BA member ID to their NetGalley profiles, booksellers will receive a prominent BA logo badge that will allow publishers to identify them as BA members, and so approve requests quickly.
Meryl Halls, head of membership services at the BA., said: “This partnership will put more proofs in the hands of individual booksellers, who drive discovery and sales on the shop floor.
“Though many booksellers love traditional paper proofs, there’s no question that digital proofs are an easy, fast and efficient way for new titles to be previewed as early as possible. This new arrangement with NetGalley will let more booksellers try digital proofs, and delivers a clear member benefit. We are really pleased to be working with NetGalley and introducing the service to more booksellers.”
Forthcoming titles available to preview include Splinter the Silence by Val McDermid (Little, Brown); City of Flame by Garth Risk Hallberg (Jonathan Cape); and Nelly Dean by Alison Case (Borough Press).
Susan Ruszala, NetGalley’s president, said: “Often physical proofs are available in limited quantity or for top titles only. Digital proofs ensure that individual booksellers within a BA member shop can preview a wide and diverse selection of forthcoming books, improving their recommendations and purchasing decisions for the store. We are delighted to be working with the BA and look forward to expanding this partnership in future.”
NetGalley has similar programs in partnership with the American Booksellers Association (ABA) and American Library Association (ALA). Professional readers – reviewers, bloggers, media, librarians, booksellers, and educators – can register for free at www.netgalley.com to request titles, or be invited to view titles directly by publishers. There are over 40,000 UK-based professional readers who use the service to request or be invited to view titles, and 250,000 members worldwide.