Facing Your Edelweiss Fears

It’s time to face your fears and make Edelweiss your new best friend! 

A few months ago, I posted about getting the most from the catalogs on Edelweiss. As I predicted, most of the comments were from people saying they hadn’t been using the site because they found it to be too technical and confusing, which I totally understand. It can be! It just takes a little practice. But the practice is worth it because the site is a book paradise you’ll want to bask in once you’re comfortable. 

If you’re unfamiliar with Edelweiss, you’ll want to get signed up with an account first. I went through the steps of browsing the catalogs in my previous post, but Edelweiss actually made some awesome improvements last week, so I want to go through those!

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From the Edelweiss homepage, you want to start by clicking on the titles tab [1], which will bring up a list of options for refining your search. You can choose any one of the options (I love looking by publication date each month), but for today let’s click on subject [2], which will open up even more possibilities. For this example, I clicked on the plus sign next to Comics & Graphic Novels. This is where the new feature in Edelweiss comes into play: you can now eliminate subjects from your search. I love literary graphic novels, but I’m not a superhero comic book fan, so by clicking on categories like superheroes, fantasy and manga twice they will be crossed off [3] and no longer appear in my search results. 

The feature is still a little sticky and takes some playing around with, but instead of digging through thousands of comic books I was able to find several incredible sounding graphic novels I want to read this year.

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Once you settle into Edelweiss, you’ll start discovering endless numbers of books and you’ll want to have a way to keep track of everything you find. I described this method in my previous post, but I’ll go through it again here. 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 remember, you should see a textbox labeled tags. You can create your own tag by typing in this box, in this case I used “To Request for Review”, and hit enter. Your text will turn into a shaded blue box to confirm that the tag has been stored [1]. 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 “To Request for Review” [2], which you will be able to sort (by publication date, title, imprint, etc.) using a dropdown menu on the right. 

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Books that are available for request as digital review copies will have a blue “Request Digital RC” button [1] on the right sidebar of their page (you can also search available review copies using the Review Copies tab on the homepage). Click on the button to request, which will pop up a box [2] asking you for some information. 

I see the “Description of Your Role” box to be similar to the profile on NetGalley, so I include a link to my blog, stats and links to social media. In the “Additional Message” box, you can add any specific reasons you have for requesting the title. Once you submit, you can check the status of your requests under the Request section [3] of the Review Copies tab. 

Anya from On Starships & Dragons just posted an amazing Guide to Getting Approved on Edelweiss, which goes into much more detail about the process and how to check your approvals. In an effort to make this post less than 3 million words, I’m going to direct you there for all the minute details.


See if you can find some amazing sounding 2014 titles as you dig through Edelweiss – and once you get the hang of it, see if you can pull yourself away! What books did you discover or request? Give me a link or two in the comments. OR use your new Edelweiss skills to help you create a post with some of your most highly anticipated titles (I created lists for fiction, debut novels and non-fiction titles this year) and link up!


  • Thanks to your previous post about Edelweiss i feel like I’m a master. But boy oh boy, i can sure spend a lot of time on that site. It’s like jumping down a rabbit hole.

  • I rarely use Edelweiss – not because I find it too technical, but mostly because I sincerely doubt my self-control. I will check there if Netgalley doesn’t have a particular title I want, but I try to stay away so I don’t drown myself in books. I do like these guidance posts though, it gives me hope!

    • I don’t use it to request ARC’s too often (I just looked and it says I’ve requested 3 over the last 4 months), but I’m such a sucker for knowing what’s about to hit the shelves that I could dig through the categories for hours!

  • This is awesome! I don’t use it often because I don’t go after many ARCs, but I did take a romp recently and your past tips have helped!

  • Great tips. I get so lost navigating Edelweiss but it sounds like they made some good improvements and I’ll be saving this post for future reference when I’ve caught up on my already requested books :)

    • Definitely check it out a bit. It takes some practice, but there’s tons of information that you can’t find on NetGalley, or even in the publishing catalogs themselves.

  • I have been curious about Edelweiss but have not tried it yet. I think I will register anyway and see what I think!

    • It’s way too fun and dangerous!

      • As I have now discovered!

        • Okay here is a question: How do you know if/when you’ve been approved?

          • You *should* get an e-mail, but I’ve had times where the system doesn’t notify me. If you want to check, click on the “Review Copies” tab from your home screen. On the next page, if you look over on the left of your screen (just above the box that says “View Titles I May”) there will be three tabs – you want to click on “Requests”. You’ll be able to see a list there of all the books you’ve requested and their status.

          • Thanks! Looks like I did not get approved for my first request but I have been going through the tips to get approved for things. Looks like this may be harder than getting them via Net Galley.

  • We can eliminate subjects?!?!?!?! This is life-changing! You are the Edelweiss guru.

  • I hated EW at first as it was so difficult to navigate compared with NetGalley (I needed your post about a year ago!) however I stuck with it and am now lucky enough to have auto approvals with a few publishers. This makes going on to EW very exciting as I know if I see a book I like under those publishers I can get it instantly. From what I see more bloggers get auto approvals on EW than on NG so I think it’s well worth experimenting with.
    I love your guide on how to tag books. I’m going to use that from now on to mark all books I want to keep an eye on. Thanks :)

    • The tagging is a lifesaver! I have several that I use now and it’s so helpful to keep everything I find organized.

  • Anya E. J.

    Thank you so much for linking me :D I’m going to have to look into these new features, so excited!

  • Whitney

    Thank you so much for these directions. I’ve been a little boggled by Edelweiss, and your post was so helpful.

  • Jennine G.

    As you know, I just joined Edelweiss and requested my first book! I like the search month by month feature.

  • Jenny @ Reading the End

    I love Edelweiss — not the website itself, which is dreadful and slow, but I love being able to browse catalogues, and I like their request feature more. I like that you can write specifics about why you want each particular book. I’ve gotten some nice messages back from publishers behind that!

  • Edelweiss is so scary to me. I mean like a nightmare. It is overwhelming. I love this post it’s going to help me get over my fears.

    • I can be super overwhelming (I don’t even kid myself into thinking I know half of what I could possibly be doing there), but it’s great when you get the hang of it. Let me know if you hit some trouble or have any questions!

  • I like Edelweiss but they don’t always tell you if you’re approved or not. :( my success rate is pretty low though.

    • One thing you can do that might help is go in and add reviews for books you’ve read, even if you didn’t request them from Edelweiss. Right next to the box where you would add tags on any book’s page, there’s a box that says “Your Review Note”. If you click on that, a dialog box will open for you to submit your review. I would try to do that for a few recently published titles, even if you got them in print or from NetGalley…it might help establish you on the site a bit :)

  • Thanks for the tips! I haven’t been using Edelweiss a lot, as Netgalley plus ARCs plus other books I buy/borrow keep me busy enough. I do check the weekly email with new books to see if there is anything I like on there.

    I had a quick look browsing as you suggest – that works fine. But… what a large number of books! I never realised.

    • Like you said, I very rarely need to use it for the digital copies (I think I’ve just requested a few over the last couple months), but there are just SO many books available. I love it for all the information you can get about what’s upcoming, especially the publicity details, which I highlighted in the last post I did.

  • I was always intimidated by Edelwiess. I know I could use it now, thanks to you! BUT I don’t know if I want to jump into that rabbit hole ;) You might never see me again!

  • I finally signed up for Edelwiess and I am really loving it. So many new books to discover! I even made a post about books I found on Edelwiess that I am looking forward to.

    • So glad to hear it’s working out for you! It’s always great for me to keep an eye out on what’s coming out several months ahead of time.

  • Edelweiss is a bad bad thing- if you have anything else you were supposed to accomplish that day. It’s like a drug- I start by looking at one publisher and the next thing I know I’m filtering, tagging, and reviewing! This is post is great and I did take the opportunity to browse some catalogs (had my big binge last week) and add some titles.
    My one (old-ladyish) question is: I get the process for requesting and eARC but is there any way to specifically request print?

    • I haven’t seen anything with a specific way to request print, but what I do is tag everything I’m interested in with “To Request for Review” and then go back later and sort my tag list by imprint to e-mail publishers about the books I’m most interested in having print copies of.

      • I do something similar, Shannon! I check the books I want and then export them to an excel spreadsheet. Keep them sorted by release date and email publicists to make requests. Just really hoping there was a way to go straight to the source!

  • alexia561

    Never knew about the tagging and sorting options, so thank you! NetGalley is dangerous for me and I have a feeling that Edelweiss will become just as dangerous! *L*

  • have had struggles with the site as well – will have to return to your info when I have time to absorb the instructions!
    did youget a chance to participate in your Happy Au Day blog hop at Shellyrae’s Book’d blog? FuN

  • Anita LeBeau

    You know I love Edelweiss!! It started for me when I was a bookseller with B&N and I’ve now used it just as much since leaving that role and relying on approvals based on my blogging. I’ve also got several publisher pre-approvals, or green lights for their releases. It’s a beautiful thing. I think you did a great job with this post…I even learned a couple new tricks. I’ve got plenty of e galleys!!
    Great job Shannon!

  • Okay so first a quickie – Thank you for linking to this week’s Spread the Love Linky Party! I also pinned your post! :D

    I am going to come back to this during the week, since I was out of town, and go through it! Then I’ll come back and comment for real!

  • Thanks so much for this post. I saw it during Bloggiesta but I didn’t actually sign up for Edelweiss until now. And luckily I remembered this post! It helped so much, so thanks again!

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  • Laurel-Rain Snow

    I am still trying to navigate through the Edelweiss pages, but finally was able to request some digital copies…so far, I haven’t been approved for anything…LOL.