I'm a Bookseller - What feedback do you recommend I send to the publisher?

Publishers and authors share digital review copies with booksellers, who are instrumental in promoting and selling their books through in-store hand-selling, online recommendations, and events.

Please refer to our NetGalley Review Guidelines and check out ways that Booksellers can provide meaningful Feedback:

Share your opinion of the book with the publisher:

  • Are you likely to handsell this title?
  • Would you suggest your store purchase this title?
  • Would you be interested in this author visiting your store?
  • Would you recommend this title for the Indie Next List? (US and CA only)

For Audiobooks:

    • Will you suggest your store purchase this audiobook? 
    • Would you recommend this audiobook to customers?
    • Would you be interested in this author visiting your store?
    • Do you like the narrator?

Add descriptive tags to help describe and categorize the book for readers.

Notes for the publisher: Use this section to submit a private note to the publisher. This can include any actions that resulted from accessing the book, such as "I have ordered 10 copies of this for my bookstore," "I am planning an author event," or "This book is this month's staff favorite." Even if just to say that you enjoyed the book and will be hand-selling or recommending it to patrons and/or colleagues.


PLUS! Indie booksellers (in the US) can nominate books for the Indie Next List through NetGalley, as part of the Feedback they can provide for a book.

If you work at an ABA (US) member bookstore, you can sign up for our Digital Box program, exclusive for indie booksellers. Read more here.


*If you have a legitimate reason why you're unable to submit feedback for a certain book, that information is helpful to both the publisher and NetGalley team, but please note that it does not count towards your Ratio.

Submit a Review:

  • Notify the publisher and fellow NetGalley members of your full review, especially if you share reviews on your website, store blog, or if it was a staff pick that included a review of the book.
  • Would you recommend this book? Give it a quick rating from 1 to 5 stars.
  • Be sure to include all links if the review appears online (you can add multiple links by clicking the "Add links" icon).
  • Share new and previously submitted reviews socially!

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