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Don’t Miss These Must-Reads!

by on November 7, 2013

Remember the last time you read a book so good you wanted to tell the whole world about it? Now there’s a great new way to do just that—with LibraryReads, a nationwide, monthly “library staff picks” list of ten newly released must-reads.

How can you be a part of it?

Staff working in U.S. public libraries across the country nominate pre-publication adult titles, and the ten titles with the most nominations make the list, which is then published and promoted in libraries and the publishing industry. If you work in a U.S. public library, you may participate—you don’t have to have a library degree. Since each LibraryReads list is made up of books newly published that month, you’ll need to find pre-pub books and then nominate them a month before the next LibraryReads list comes out. Nomination deadlines are the first of each month and are listed here.

How you can get advance copies of books:

  • Giveaways at conferences & shows: Visit publisher booths at BEA, ALA, and state library association shows.
  • Digital reading copies: Don’t worry if you don’t travel! Edelweiss and NetGalley are fantastic online communities where publishers offer free advance copies to public librarians.
  • Library Marketing departments: Many publishers have staff devoted to library outreach – these are great people to contact when there is a specific book you want. EarlyWord has an excellent list of marketing contacts and information here.
  • Publishing newsletters and blogs: Reading copies are frequently offered via industry email newsletters and blogs (which have no subscription costs) – plus it’s a great way to stay on top of publishing trends.

How do you nominate a book?

If you are already registered as a public librarian on Edelweiss than you are already a LibraryReads librarian.If you are not an Edelweiss user, please register using the Organization type “Library-Public” to join the LibraryReads community. Once you’re logged in, click on “Your Review” to submit a brief summary of the book and why you like it. Make sure you choose “Submit to Library Reads” when you save the review! Your nomination may be featured next month!

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