January 20, 2022

Findings: How Are Librarians Using NetGalley? & Are You Using This Free Service?

If you’re unaware of NetGalley, it’s MORE than worthy of your time and its also a resource you will probably want to share with colleagues.

This FREE service allows “professional readers” to register and receive digital galley’s of upcoming releases direct from publishers, marketing materials, title metadata, links, and other useful info.

Here’s a quick link to a list of  publishers the company is working with. We’ve been using NetGalley for about six months and this list grows regularly.

So, how are librarians using NetGalley?

From a News Release:

NetGalley, the digital galley service for professional readers, today announced the results of a recent survey of over 1,200 librarians who are also NetGalley members. Librarians were asked about their adoption of digital reading devices, how they use digital galleys, and their primary sources for discovering new titles.


More detailed survey results are available from NetGalley’s blog and include:

  • Over 59% of librarians surveyed primarily use digital galleys to find titles for purchase for their library; 41% to find new titles to recommend to patrons.
  • Most librarians look to trade publications to find new titles, but they also frequently rely on direct publisher communication as a catalyst to preview content.
  • Not surprisingly, librarians who are also NetGalley members read digitally. Though Apple devices are the most popular for digital reading, many librarians preview content on their computers, followed by Kindle.

Learn More From NetGalley’s Follow The Reader Blog

Here’s one of several charts from the post.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.