Edelweiss: A Primer

23 07 2012

So a few days ago I discussed NetGalley, what it is, and how you can use it. Today I’m going to talk about another site where you can get free, safe digital e-ARCs, Edelweiss. 

Edelweiss is gaining more and more momentum, but it hasn’t really been around as long as NetGalley nor has it gained as many followers and fans. Wait, let me rephrase that. Edelweiss is just gaining momentum in digital galleys, but they’ve been popular in the publishing industry for a while now.


Because of the catalogs. When you talk about Edelweiss, you have to mention the catalogs.

Edelweiss is very well known for its publisher catalogs. They have catalogs from hundreds of publishers that showcase their titles, and they’re probably the largest online resource for publisher catalogs. You simply select a publisher:

and then you are able to view their catalogs. Most publishers upload multiple catalogs to the site (one for adult books, one for kids and teens, etc) and you can select the one you are interested in reading. These are Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s catalogs at the time of this post (July 2012):

You can see that there are plenty of catalogs and there are plenty of ranges, from Hobbit movie tie-ins to adult & children’s fronlist and backlist catalogs.

Anyway, once one selects these catalogs, you can find a list of all of the titles in that catalog. This is designed very similarly to NetGalley.

Here’s an example, from Ollie’s Easter Eggs by Oliver Dunrea (fall 2013). Here you can find out the publisher information, cover, etc. If you click “see content” towards the bottom you can also find out more information like the marketing and publicity, author bio, and such. This is basically the same thing as NetGalley, except with a few more features (like the status and the rating on Goodreads), and it’s very easy to use and navigate.

Edelweiss is a great place if you’re interested in publisher catalogs — it’s got plenty of catalogs that are very, very comprehensive — and I highly recommend it if you need a good database of catalogs. These catalogs are a great way to learn about upcoming books and what’s coming up.

Let’s get to the e-galleys already. Okay, okay, sorry. 

[So first, a random aside on Edelweiss: DO NOT GOOGLE “EDELWEISS”. Seriously. If you Google “Edelweiss” you don’t even find the direct link and it’s complicated — you have to go through other websites. So just go do it the long way around, and type in the address: edelweiss.abovethetreeline.com. Then bookmark the link.]

When you go directly to Edelweiss, you can view the catalogs and the titles in the catalog without logging in.  This is if you’re not logged in. But, if you log in and get an account, you are able to view review copies/e-galleys and more information. It’s easy to make an account: look in the top corner at “login or register.”

I’m not going to go into the register process this time — because there isn’t really anything key you need to know from it  (it’s fairly straightforward)– but my big tip is make sure that you’re logged in when you go to look and find e-galleys.

So now that you’re logged in, how do you find and get to the galleys?

Look at the top tab on the home page first — it’s the one underneath the cute little Edelweiss flower logo. (seriously I love that logo)

All you need to do is hit “review copies” and you’re done, bada bing bada boom. A new screen will open up and from this screen, you’e able to see the publishers who have galleys AND the number of books that they have as galleys (for example, 3 or 4 books) This does not mean that they only have 3 or 4 COPIES of a book, but those are the books that are available as galleys.

For instance, you can see that Avon Impulse has 2 books available as galleys while Balzer + Bray has 3 and Atria Books has 24(!). To see what books a publisher has available, you simply click their name. A new screen will pop up. So far, this has been mainly like NetGalley. However — and we’re getting there — there are some big changes.

Alright, so I clicked Balzer + Bray’s galleys t0 see what they had available as of this post. The galley page is almost identical to what the catalogs look like: we get the cover, the title, the ISBN, and publishing info, and then we click “show content” to see the rest, like the blurb and marketing.

You can see this in the example of Defiance by CJ Redwine (August 2012).


So you can see the big difference here: there’s a spot to download the review copy. The other difference is that it actually tells you what date the galley was uploaded! Defiance, for instance, was uploaded May 17, as was another book, The Other Normals. But Through To You, the 3rd and final galley available, was added June 20. So that’s kind of a cool feature.

Once you click the button saying you want to download the copy, another box appears:


Edelweiss, rather than having you fill out one biography, makes you put in your  description every time (for instance, you’re a librarian, a blogger, etc). However, this does auto-fill, making it easier and so that you don’t have to type in the same thing over and over.

So if I put in as my role as being a librarian at the Seattle Public Library in Seattle, Washington, the next time I request a galley this happens:


Edelweiss auto-fills for me and keeps my role as a librarian in Seattle intact. This is handy & saves you typing the same thing countless times.

The next step is the part of the form where you fill out your interest in the title. This is different from NetGalley and forces you to think more, I’d say, and think more about why you are interested in reading the title, instead of just crazily downloading tons and tons of galleys. You are required on Edelweiss to fill out an explanation for why you are interested in reading each title for each title that you request.


Once you fill out this form, an email request is sent to the publisher. If the publisher approves you, you will be given access to the galley.


A few more miscellaneous things

There is a type of auto-approve here. Some galleys simply say “Download galley” and then you are immediatly able to download the galley.


Also a handy trick: at the top of the page there is a small header that shows the titles, your downloads, and your requests, and allows you to track your stats & titles.


If you have any more questions on Edelwiess, feel free to ask!





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