An Open Letter to Netgalley and Goodreads

For those who aren’t aware of what is happening, NetGalley, a platform used by all of us, has decided to prevent International bloggers/readers from requesting any of their titles, only “wish” for them. On the other hand Goodreads has decided, as of January, that their Giveaways stop to be internationals, they’ll only be for US residents.

Personally as an international blogger this makes me feel deeply sad, my blog has just completed its first year, I love this community is full of wonderful people and the only thing I’ve always wanted is to share my love for reading with all of you, I will never give up with this, I have a lot of fun here and it’s something that gives me great satisfaction to do, Plus: I really love you all so much, but even so, what is happening is undoubtedly unfair, we deserve something better.
From the beginning as an international you know that there’ll be alot of difficulties in the way, you know that you have to work harder to become relevant, and even then, most of us have tried it anyway, because we feel passionate about what what do we do. Right now I feel a lot of disappointment,I think our work and content is as valuable as anyone’s, we love what we do and we deserve more respect from these people.

I really would like you to read this post, Laura has done an excellent job explaining in detail what is happening.

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Dear Netgalley and Goodreads, 

Today I discovered that your sites will no longer be providing services (or limiting services) to international readers and I am absolutely devastated.

Contrary to popular belief, America is not the only country in the world.

For those who are unaware of what is happening, Goodreads will, from January 2018, prevent authors from creating giveaways for international readers. Basically, authors will have to pay $119 for a giveaway base package, and $599 for the premium. Previously, all authors had to pay for was shipping. Read more here.

Netgalley, on the other hand, has severely limited the amount of…

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55 thoughts on “An Open Letter to Netgalley and Goodreads

  1. This make sure me so sad! I’ve always loved Goodreads and NetGalley, but this just seems like an awful practice! I truly hope they will reconsider in order to be inclusive towards the entire book community!

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  2. That’s pretty ridiculous. I can understand a shipping cost issue, but like you don’t have to ship an E-book. I know not everyone reads e-books, but if it’s a shipping thing, that fixes the issue.
    I think that if enough people are annoyed and discuss it, like Book Twins Reviews said, that maybe they will re-think their policy. It’s not fair that in 2018 when everyone is uber-connected that US-based company’s cut off the rest of the world from enjoying their services.

    Great post!

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    • Exactly!we understand that itsn’t possible to send an ARC because the cost, it’s totally understandeble, but taking away our only possibility of get an e-ARC is really cruel and meaningless.Yes, I really hope that they reconsider their actions and that everything can be resolved in the best possible way

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    • It’s really such an unfortunate decision. In addition, many authors have already said that these will be their last giveaways on the platform, because of the high costs that Goodreads wants to charge them, it’s all so ridiculous. I hope that spreading the word of what is happening can cause both pages to reconsider their actions

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    • Totally agree. It’s also a shame because so many people, including myself, love the pages and this makes it a big big disappointment. Especially NetGalley who has not even written an official statement on the matter, I think we deserve at least an explanation. I hope everything is solved soon because it’s ridiculous 😞

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  3. This along with the fact that Goodreads Giveaways are going up in price for authors is really disconcerting…
    I also had NO IDEA about the Netgalley issue, so thanks for bringing that up– how ridiculous! Publishers already turn readers away based on their country, so I don’t understand why Netgalley would press the issue more.

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    • Yes! I mean, I’m as bewildered as you. I think it’s so unfair to leave us aside when our content counts as much as anyone else’s. I don’t think this is an “smart move”, as surely the pages believe that it is. At least we deserve an explanation by NetGalley on the matter. I really hope that all this can be resolved in some way

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  4. Omg I didn’t know this about Netgalley! I did wonder why I could only wish for the few books I requested lately. This is terrible. Don’t they know that America isn’t the only country in the world? In fact the UK have a lot bloggers.

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  5. i had no idea this is was happening…why would they do this? so unbelievable and disappointing 😦
    As an international blogger myself, located in Africa, i’ve had an issue in requesting books from netgalley for months, where instead of requesting i can only “wish” for it (not all books, but you get the picture)
    Netgalley is another source for me to get new books to read. now, with this new policy…i dont know how to feel about this

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    • I’ve just seen NetGalley’s answer on Twitter. It’s still so sad all that is happening but, well, a least we have an answer: “We really appreciate international reviewers! Many publishers sell rights to publish editions in other territories, so they may not have permission to grant access if you are located in a region outside of their territory rights Here’s a little more info: https://t.co/N9YOpuvJt4

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  6. It seems like everything is going crazy lately, and now there’s these horrible decisions by NetGalley and Goodreads. I realize how fortunate I am to be a US blogger, and yet I have many international blogger friends. I am upset for them because of this. Also, as a self-published author the Goodreads choices make things even harder for me. There is no way I could afford to run a giveaway. However, I am more than happy to send electronic copies of my book to any blogger (US or International) who wants to read it. All I can say is that Goodreads is owned by Amazon, and we have all seen Amazon make some questionable decisions when it comes to the handling of the book industry/reviews/book community the past few years. Let’s hope that these decisions are reversed quickly.

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    • I’ve just seen NetGalley’s answer on Twitter. It’s still so sad all that is happening but, well, a least we have an answer: “We really appreciate international reviewers! Many publishers sell rights to publish editions in other territories, so they may not have permission to grant access if you are located in a region outside of their territory rights Here’s a little more info: https://t.co/N9YOpuvJt4

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      • That feels like a cop-out answer. I mean, I know the publishing industry has to deal with international publication rights and restrictions and all that, but it honestly doesn’t explain why all of the limitations are increasing here in the next few weeks.

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    • Yes, I really hope so. I’ve just seen NetGalley’s answer on Twitter.It is still a shame all that is happening but, well, a least , we have an answer: “We really appreciate international reviewers! Many publishers sell rights to publish editions in other territories, so they may not have permission to grant access ifyou are located in a region outside of their territory rights Here’s a little more info: https://t.co/N9YOpuvJt4

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  7. Goodreads will also be charging anyone who wants to list a giveaway, which is LAME. Were I an author, I don’t know that I would spend the amount they want to charge to have my book gather dust on a someone’s shelf.

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  8. THIS IS SO SAD AND FRUSTRATING 😭 I live in canada and especially in Quebec, people already start to discriminate our geography location just because my province speaks French 🤣 some things are just ridiculous. My heart goest out to all the international reviewers and readers 💕💕

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  9. Omg are you serious? Thankyou for your post I really didn’t know about this. This is unfair and uncalled for because so many international readers/bloggers use netgalley in exchange of honest reviews. And I’ve always loved netgalley and Goodreads so much, it feels like being robbed of something personal.

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  10. This really sucks 😭 I hope they realize that just because those two were international, that they attracted a lot of international bloggers and readers. I’ve added some books to my tbr, bought books because they were so popular in multiple countries…

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  11. i participated maybe once in a goodreads giveaway and i do not request a lot of arcs on netgalley, but i am very sad about this news. this limitation is just unfair, to everybody international but also for every author who wants to do a giveaway. we international bloggers are important. we spread the news about new books, new authors and we matter. so i don’t get why these decisions were made. this is just sad.

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  12. I’ve never gotten anything from either service, and I live in the US, but this was still upsetting to hear about. I’m not sure what the reasons can be for doing this, because it just seems downright strange–especially Goodreads switch. I mean, I can understand NetGalley not wanting to do international shipping because it’s expensive, but authors pay the shipping for Goodreads. Just weird and sad. And why they can’t do ebooks still is beyond me. Just boo, all the way around.

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  14. Great post. I felt bad “liking” it, if you know what I mean.
    I e-mailed NetGalley to see if they would reply with a more personal response:
    Good morning from Japan.
    I’ve been made aware that NetGalley is severely limiting the number of titles that may be requested from readers living outside America. That’s such a shame. I’m a native English speaker who is living and working in Japan. I review books on my blog and have enjoyed the use of NetGalley since the beginning of the year. I cannot read Japanese at the level required to read books, so the Japanese NetGalley site isn’t an option for me.
    Can I ask why you feel it necessary to limit digital ARCs to readers living in the USA?
    Regards,
    Graham
    This is what I got as a reply:
    Hi Graham,
    We truly appreciate international reviewers! Many publishers sell rights to publish editions in other territories, so they may not have permission to grant access if you are located in a region outside of their territory rights, resulting in you only being able to wish for certain titles. Here’s a little more info: https://netgalley.uservoice.com/knowledgebase/articles/307939-why-can-t-i-request-a-title-out-of-my-regionhttp://https://netgalley.uservoice.com/knowledgebase/articles/307939-why-can-t-i-request-a-title-out-of-my-region
    Best wishes,
    Julia Judge
    Community Assistant | NetGalley

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  15. Gosh! This is so sad! Honestly, the reason why I created my blog was because of NetGalley. I want to read books in advance because I want to share my thoughts about them. And then Goodreads–I just wanna say: we are the ‘more marketplaces’!!! Love from the Philippines! ❤❤❤

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