Let’s face it: we book bloggers are ARC addicts and NetGalley and Edelweiss are our providers. We don’t have to sell our souls in exchange for ARCs anymore. Or do we?
Guess we kinda do. Did? Err.
So, I decided to do a couple of posts on Edelweiss so that more bloggers can discover the awesome of Edelweiss. This post will be all about the browsing and tagging function of Edelweiss and the upcoming post will be all about requesting e-galleys and posting reviews.
WHAT IS EDELWEISS?
Edelweiss is a multipurpose tool for publishers, booksellers, librarians, and bloggers alike. Developed by Above the Treeline, it has been around since 2008 and launched its e-galley service back in 2011.
Edelweiss is designed for people across various publication media so, not all the options in its navigation menu are of use to bloggers. The most used tabs by bloggers are Browse for upcoming titles, Reviews for for an archive of all the reviews posted, Tags for sorting out titles, and Review Copies for requesting titles.
The Community tab is pretty useless unless you want to add friends; which is highly unlikely because there are other various social media to keep up with our friends’ reading activities. Orders are for book sellers who want to order titles in bulk. Buzz is all about which titles have won which awards. If you want to get the latest on what titles are getting publicity and why, the Publicity tab is for you. In Administration, you can manage your user profile and catalog subscriptions. NAIPR (National Association of Independent Publishers Representatives) is a tool ‘for publishers who depend on independent sales reps and independent booksellers to achieve their publishing goals.’
There are three ways to browse e-galleys on Edelweiss: Catalogs, Titles and Collections along with an option of Advanced Search. I’m going to be focusing on browsing via the Catalog option since browsing via Titles is pretty similar to browsing Review Copies. Browsing via Collections just lets you make your own collections or let’s you browse the publisher’s collections that you’ve added.
On the left side of the Edelweiss homepage are a list of publishers using Edelweiss. Besides it is a list of catalogs recently viewed and added. Clicking a publisher will take you to a list of the all the catalogs they’ve uploaded on the website. Each catalog states the number of titles it contains as well as the date it was added.
Thanks for posting this series, Sana! I've just about managed to work out everything you covered in this post, but I'll be looking forward to your future posts. I'm one of those that finds Edelweiss ridiculously confusing!
I never thought about looking in catalogs. I've been using the tags for a while and they are very handy, but now I could combine them with looking in those catalogs. Thanks! 😀
I'm trying my best to stay away from NG/EW until I've cleared out my TBR pile, but I'm definitely bookmarking this so I can turn to it when I decide I'm ready to start requesting eARCs again! I've tried using EW in the past, but I found it so confusing I just gave up haha
Michelle@Book Briefs says
This is a great post! I have really stayed away from edelwise because I have not taken the time to learn how to use it and because I currently have too many review books. Once I get my new blog calendar under control I am going to check out edelwise and use your guide 🙂
Michelle @ Book Briefs
This is an awesome idea for a post! I've had a Netgalley account for a while, but only just created an Edelweiss one. And I have yet to do anything with that account/on that site. It is confusing, and I do think that confusion is compounded by the fact that it is a more multipurpose site. Soo, this post (and series) is something that I will definitely be referring back to. Very helpful! Thank you!
I haven't used Edelweiss at all though perhaps with this guide I will try it out. I've been a little gunshy about it for some reason.
Emily @ Oh Magic Hour says
Thank you for linking me this!! So helpful!!