Listening to Audiobooks on the NetGalley Shelf app

First, take a moment to update your Profile with relevant information about how you specifically promote audiobooks to increase your chances of getting approved by those publishers. Plus, add Audiobooks to your Topics so you’ll get our Audiobook Newsletters! You can also check out A Beginner's Guide to Audiobooks on the We Are Bookish blog.

You can find Audiobooks here. Once you are approved for an audiobook on NetGalley, you can open your NetGalley Shelf app and start listening right away.


Once you’ve signed into the app using your NetGalley login, open your app and from Home, you’ll see several carousels. Tap on Your NetGalley Shelf, then tap any cover image to access the Play or Download buttons.

Tap the Play button to immediately begin listening to the audiobook. Tap the Download button to download the file to your NetGalley Shelf app for on the go listening. Once downloaded, tap the Listen button to start listening to your audiobook. 

Additional Features for Audiobooks
Sleep Timer: Tap the clock icon in the bottom navigation to set your sleep timer (15 min, 30 mins, 45 mins, 60 mins, or End of Chapter).

Play Speed: Tap the 1x icon in the bottom navigation to set your play speed (0.5x, 0.75x, 1x, 1.25x, 1.5x, 1.75x, 2.0x, 2.5x, 3.0x). Default Speed is 1.0x. 

Bookmarking and Table of Contents:
If you would like to place a virtual bookmark to indicate where you stopped listening or a page of importance, just tap the bookmark icon at the top-right.

To view your bookmarks, tap the Menu icon at the top-right. Here you can see your bookmarks, as well as the Table of Contents if you would like to jump to a certain chapter.

How to Delete an Audiobook Download from the app:

  1. From Home, Recently Read, or My Books, just tap and hold the cover image of the audiobook you wish to delete the download from.
  2. Choose Remove Download, and the downloaded file will be removed from your device. You can now stream the audiobook or redownload it.

How to Delete an Audiobook completely from the app:

  1. From Home, Recently read, or My Books, just tap and hold the cover image of the audiobook you wish to delete.
  2. Choose Delete from the menu that appears.

If you wish to re-add an audiobook that you deleted, just find it in Your NetGalley Shelf section of the app and tap the Download button again. If the audiobook no longer appears in Your NetGalley Shelf, then it has likely been Archived by the publisher in NetGalley and can not be downloaded again. 

Want some tips on leaving feedback for audiobooks? Check out the article How to Write an Audiobook Review on the We Are Bookish, our editorial blog for NetGalley members -- presenting an independent voice to highlight books and a bookish lifestyle!

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