Guest Post from Meredith Maran: Are You Ready for e-Galleys?

by Meredith Maran | Sep-30-2010

NBCC member Meredith Maran answers Question #4 in our series:

Has the tipping point come for reviewers?Are you using e-galleys?

No one has sent me an e-galley, and if they did, I'd ask for a print galley

Will e-book originals get review attention?

For my own book, pubbing in mid-September, we had much heated conversation about whether or not to send e-galleys to potential reviewers as well as national TV/radio/print media. The publisher was in favor, unsurprisingly, since the costs of e-galleys are negligible. As a reviewer, I was adamant that only print galleys have the impact of a "real book." As a matter of fact, I prefer finished books to galleys when reviewing a book, since I find jacket copy and flap copy important to my overall impression of the book--as well as other elements often missing from galleys, including index, foreword, acknowledgments, etc.

If you aren't using e-galleys, are you ready to make the switch? Why or why not?

I recently tried out a Kindle and found that I hated every book I read on it. Could be a coincidence, or could be that it's harder to like a book on a screen. So I plan to refuse e-galleys as long as possible.




About the Critical Mass Blog

Commentary on literary criticism, publishing, writing, and all things NBCC related. It's written by independent members of the NBCC Board of Directors (see list of bloggers below).



Categories & Archives

Become a Friend of the NBCC

Upcoming Events

NBCC at AWP18: March 09th, 2018

NBCC Finalists’ Reading: March 14th, 2018

NBCC Awards Ceremony and Reception: March 15th, 2018

NBCC Awards

Award Winners for 2016

See all award winners

Find out how to submit

Read how we select

Frequently Asked Questions

Videos and Podcasts

NBCC 2016 Awards Ceremony

NBCC 2015 Awards Ceremony

NBCC 2015 Finalists Reading

NBCC 2014 Awards Ceremony

NBCC 2013 Awards Ceremony

NBCC 2013 Finalists Reading

Video: New Literary Journals

Video: The VIDA Count and Gender Bias in Book Reviewing

Podcast: What Is Criticism? NBCC Winners and Finalists at AWP

All videos and podcasts.