Nook Tips: How to Download NetGalley Files
It’s Christmas time and I know many bloggers are excited to be getting Nooks under their trees this year. Many people have the same questions when they first get their Nook. I’m going to be writing a series of “Nook Tips” posts to try to answer some of the most common questions you may have. Feel free to leave some of your own questions in the comments and I’ll try to address them in future posts.
Many bloggers, myself included, get a Nook or Kindle primarily for the sake of reading digital galleys. NetGalley is one of the main resources for downloading galleys. You can see the extensive list of publishers who upload galleys to NetGalley in this list. The publishers I most frequently download from include Harlequin Teen, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Lerner Publishing Group. NetGalley even makes it easy to browse by genre in search of Teen & YA titles from a variety of publishers.
Once you find a book you are interested in reading, you can request it from the publisher. Depending on the publisher, it can take anywhere from a few hours to a couple days to find out whether your request has been approved. (Having an updated public bio with information about your blog is the best way to ensure your requests are accepted.) Once you have been approved, you will see the title listed under “New Invitations to View Titles” on your main page. You can click on the title of the book and it will take you to a page where you will have several options of how to read your galley.
Before you download your galley, make sure that you have Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) on your computer. Once you have ADE downloaded, you’ll need to authorize your Nook. When you plug the Nook into your computer you should be prompted by the program to do this. After that, everything is pretty simple!
Click “Download Galley” under the reading options on NetGalley. Make sure that you have ADE specified as the program to be used for opening your file. The galley will then download directly to your library. You should see your Nook listed on the left-hand side under the possible bookshelves in ADE. All you need to do to transfer the galley from your computer to your Nook is drag and drop the file into the Nook bookshelf. The downloaded file is accessible for 60 days based on publisher regulations, but you can redownload the file as many times as you want.
If you have any complications along the way, feel free to let me know here or on Twitter. I’m always happy to try to help out. NetGalley also has amazing technical support. They have a FAQ page and a Quickstart Guide that you might find helpful. If those doesn’t answer your questions, you can send them a tweet or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. The people who work there are incredibly kind and responsive.
Assuming that all goes well and you are able to read your galley, please make sure that you write and upload your review to the publishers on the site. They are making the books available because they want your feedback. You can do this by clicking on the “My Reviews” tab on the left-hand navigation bar on the NetGalley page. Then click “Manage My Reviews.” This will take you to a list of the titles you have downloaded. When you click on the little pencil under the “Write” column it will take you to a pop-up screen where you can include your blog information and the text of your review. (Note that you can sometimes end up with weird errors if you copy text with HTML formatting into their review window, so it is better to copy plain text.) Once you are done you can archive your review by clicking the folder symbol under the “Archive” column. This will remove it from the list of titles waiting to be reviewed.
I hope this helps clear up any confusion about how to use NetGalley with your new Nook. If you have any further questions about this or other Nook-related topics, please leave them in the comments or send them my way on Twitter. Otherwise, congratulations on your new Nook and hope you have lots of reading time this holiday season!