How to Get the Most From the Catalogs on Edelweiss

I’m a self-confessed Edelweiss addict. I can lose an afternoon to the website without blinking an eye, so it surprises me to find out that some book bloggers don’t like it. If all you’ve used it for is review copies, then it probably just seems like an over-complicated version of NetGalley. But I promise, Edelweiss is overflowing with tools that can help you as a blogger, you just have to know where to look. 

 
If this is the first you’re hearing of Edelweiss, the site itself has a good step-by-step on setting up an account and getting started. When it comes to digital review copies, Monika from A Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall made a great video that walks through the steps of requesting ARCS and connecting with friends on Edelweiss

I’m going to focus more on the actual title pages on Edelweiss, which I think tend to get overlooked in favor of review copies. 

BROWSING 

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If you click on the titles tab at the top of your screen, you can browse the books cataloged on Edelweiss several different ways. I’m going to start with sorting by the default setting, which is publication date. By clicking on a desired month, in this case February 2014, from the list of options you end up with over 4,000 possible titles. Edelweiss offers several ways to narrow that down, including age and imprint, but I like to choose subject. By clicking on fiction you still have close to 1,000 titles being published in a single month, but are taken to a screen with very specific genres. Categories like historical, literary, romance and science fiction are much more manageable, with closer to 50 titles to browse through – plus, they’re exactly what you’re looking for!

So, how do you keep track of all these great books you’re stumbling on now that you’ve found them? 

TAGGING

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Edelweiss has actually built in a feature that lets you mark anticipated titles, but I prefer to use their tagging system to create sortable lists. Once you’ve navigated to the page of a book you would like to come back to, you should see a textbox labeled Tags. You can create your own tag by typing in this box, in this case I used “TBR 2014”, and hit enter. Your text will turn into a shaded blue box to confirm that the tag has been stored. Whenever you want to see the books you have tagged, you can click on the Tags tab on the homescreen and click on the name of your tag. You will be shown a list of all the books tagged with “TBR 2014”, which you will be able to sort (by publication date, title, imprint, etc.) using a dropdown menu on the right. 

TITLE PAGES

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Dozens of publishers upload their digital catalogs to the Edelweiss site, so you’re able to see much more information about many more titles than through NetGalley. There are a few specific things that may be of interest as a book blogger. Of course, you’ll want to know the book’s publication date, format and page count, which are all at the top of the page. If you scroll down, you’ll find a list of comparable titles which can be helpful, as long as they’re taken with a grain of salt (not every book is the next Gone Girl). But you’ll definitely want to take a peek at the right side of the title’s page, too, in the space labeled Marketing Plans. This is where you can find out what kind of push the publisher is making for the book, particularly if they are planning on reaching out to bloggers or a specific type of social media.

There are tons of other features (like GeoSearch, which allows you to find books connected to a specific area, and Buzz for finding books winning awards), but hopefully this will get you started with digging into some of the catalogs on Edelweiss. Next time one of the publishers uploads a seasonal catalog, we can all grab some snacks and hunker down for a night of tagging…no?…just me?

 

  • Thanks for the tutorial on Edelweiss! I made an account a while ago but I never got around exploring it since I could never get the hang of it. Maybe I will with this tutorial! :) Netgalley always seemed to be a lot easier to use.

    • NetGalley is really user friendly and is definitely easy to use, but it’s a little more limited. Hopefully you’ll find some titles on Edelweiss that you wouldn’t have seen otherwise!

  • Oh my gosh, I love this post SO MUCH! I’ve been completely under-using Edelweiss!! You’re the best.

  • The Book Wheel

    This is fantastic. I get overwhelmed when I use Edelweiss becauses, well, it isn’t pretty or user friendly. But I think I can tackle it now, so thanks!

    • Yeah, it’s a pretty technical site – I think its original purpose was just for booksellers to place orders for their books, so it hasn’t changed too much. But there’s some great information there!

  • My feelings have been the same as Allison’s — not pretty or user friendly. But thanks to this post, I’m going to give it another try.

  • I didn’t know about tagging! Great post, I’m excited to put Edelweiss to better use now :)

    • I’m a huggge fan of the tags, they really help me stay organized (I have one for books I want tor request, general books I’m looking forward to, etc).

  • artsy musings

    It’s just been a couple of months since I started using Edelweiss for its Catalog features and I must say that it is really helpful for bloggers. I also use it’s Shelf options because I don’t want to add every book on Goodreads and feel overwhelmed.

    I thought about using Tags and now I totally will! I really had no idea about the Buzz feature and now I can totally spend more time on Edelweiss. Thank you for this, Shannon.

    P.S. Pretty blog!

    • Thank you! The tags are a preference of mine, but I think they’re nice because they’re one thing you can pretty much customize on the site. Hope you find even more great books!

  • Thank you for this information! It’s definitely helpful. I feel a new obsession starting…

  • Thanks for this! Edelweiss always looks like a big ole mess to me.

  • Spent some time tonight with your post and Edelweiss, and I like the ability to sort as you explained. Also, found some other features I really like much better than Net Galley. Actually, Edelweiss gives you more info on the book than NG. I may try requesting a few copies from Edelweiss just to see how it goes. Have you ever requested a review copy from them? I have gotten a couple via a publisher directing me there, but never on my own. Thanks again for the tips.

    • Glad to hear it’s working for you! I think I actually use Edelweiss as my main source for digital copies now, it’s pretty similar to NG, just a few different steps. The video from Monika at the top of the post is a really good explanation of how to go about requesting through Edelweiss that’s pretty simple to follow.

      • Checked out Monika’s video and then went and requested my first RC! One thing I couldn’t find was a place to “register” my blog name. Is that not necessary?

        • Hmmm, I don’t think there is (other than identifying yourself as a blogger/reviewer in your profile, which is under admin at the top right of the screen>then user profile>manage profile). I just describe my blog in the little message I have for the publishers that stays the same across requests, which is basically the same as my NG profile.

          • And that’s exactly what I did. Feel better now knowing I’m following your example! :)

  • Marisa

    Fantastic post!! I have only been using NG and then found Edelweiss. I have only received 1 RC because I don’t really know what I am doing! :) I agree that it seems a bit technical and confusing but your tips are really going to help me navigate better. Thanks!

  • THANK YOU! I am just going to bookmark this for a reference.

  • Ohhh…. this is so incredibly helpful. THANK YOU.

  • I haven’t gotten into Edleweiss because it has always seemed like a more complicated version of Netgalley that never approves me – so this post has been very enlightening!! I’m off to go play around with it – thanks so much!

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