What options do I have for allowing requests and listing my title in the NetGalley catalog?

Learn all about Managing and Scheduling Requests in this short webinar! And more about all types of interest can be found here.

As a NetGalley publisher, you maintain complete control over how professional readers access your book. We offer flexible options on the visibility of your titles, and no matter what you choose, you will always have reporting information on who is accessing your titles. 

You can change the options by clicking on the TITLE DETAILS page and using the menu on the left-hand side.

PRIVATE/ INVITE ONLY: You may keep your book Private, so that NetGalley members do not know it is available on the site unless you specifically invite them to view that book using the NetGalley widget, or use the book's link to collect wishes.

REQUESTS ALLOWED: This title will be available for members to request, when they are browsing Find Titles at netgalley.com. If you select this option, you will make the decision to approve or decline each member request before access is granted for that specific title. Most publishers choose this setting. 

You can also allow requests from only certain member types, for specific time periods. Just as you send out print galleys at different times (booksellers typically receive galleys months before bloggers, for example), NetGalley has similar functionality for your digital galleys which allows you to schedule request availability, by member type. Please click here for full information and best practices.   


READ NOW: This option will list your title as READ NOW in the catalog (instead of Request), and members will have instant approval for the title. This option is best for books where you wish to approve all requests automatically, without having to manually approve or decline each one. We find publishers often use this option as part of a special promotion of the title ("This title is available for one month only as READ NOW!") or for special content like samplers, excerpts, catalogs, backlist titles, etc. You can also opt to auto-approve particular members--see here for details

Members can browse READ NOW titles from the main page of Find Titles. You can always see which members have added your books to their Shelf from the All Access history page for that title.


You can also encourage requests only from certain regions or territories.

SET A REGION PREFERENCE: If you prefer to receive requests from members based in a specific geographic region, set a region preference for the title (or for all titles in your account, from your Settings page). That preference will be displayed to members when they are browsing, and will cut down on unwanted requests. You can also filter requests by "in" and "out" of region.

DON'T FORGET: You can customize the approval / decline notification! In the REQUESTS section, you will see links to edit the Approval/Decline email to let members know what you want them to do next, or explain why you're declining the request. If approved, would you like them to submit their review to you via NetGalley? Should they hold their review until the pub date? For declines, some publishers note their criteria for approving requests, so that readers can update their Profile accordingly. Please click here to see example approval/decline language


Managing Requests

  1. What options do I have for allowing requests and listing my title in the NetGalley catalog?
  2. Can I allow requests from one member type, but not all?
  3. What are best practices for scheduling requests by member type?
  4. Why can't I make my title available for requests?
  5. Can I set a custom email address to receive request alerts?
  6. How do I find all requests for a specific title?
  7. What information can I see about the member making a request?
  8. What can I see in a member's Profile?
  9. What do NetGalley reader badges mean?
  10. Why is there a discrepancy between Requests Approved and Feedback Provided?
  11. Are NetGalley members notified when I approve or decline their request?
  12. How do I customize my CUSTOM Approval and Decline messages by title?
  13. How do I customize my DEFAULT Approval and Decline messages?
  14. How can I see which requests I have approved/declined?
  15. Can I view requests ONLY from librarians? Or booksellers, etc?
  16. What is the "Detailed Activity Report"?
  17. How can I view activity history for a title with no pending requests?
  18. How do I contact a NetGalley member directly?
  19. What do the colored circles on the Manage Request page denote?
  20. How can I view requests by geographic region?
  21. How does NetGalley ensure members are professional readers?
  22. What does it mean when I see an ALA, ABA, BA or ALIA logo next to a member's name?
  23. What does the gold V badge mean next to a member's name?
  24. What happens if I want to change a declined request to approved?
  25. What does it mean when a member "wishes" for a book?
  26. Why does NetGalley automatically decline requests for archived titles more than 30 days old?
  27. Can I auto-decline or mute a member's requests?
  28. How do I let members know about my approval preferences?

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