EDELWEISS+IS COMING

Are You Ready for a New Edelweiss?

EDELWEISS+IS COMING

If you’ve been around River City Reading for a while, you’ve certainly heard me gab about my love for Above the Treeline’s Edelweiss, a website that consolidates publishing catalogs, more than once or twice. The site is a treasure trove of information, but it has a bit of a learning curve and can be a beast to navigate. That’s about to change, ladies and gents! Even better? It’s changing this summer.

Several months ago, I saw news of an upcoming site redesign and threw my name in the ring for beta testing. I’ve been noodling around with Edelweiss+ for the last week and I’m so excited about some of the new features. News this good is hard to contain. So, after confirming with Above the Treeline that it’s cool to spill the beans, here’s what Edelweiss users can look forward to very soon.Edelweiss

Visual Appeal

The outdated, itsy bitsy homepage is out the door and a visually appealing dashboard is in. There are even little glasses all over the site that pop up anything you want to read in a bigger version. The homepage is all customizable, so you can choose what to see (or not see), and filled with 100% more books than the previous version.

Publisher Ratings

Similar to NetGalley, where you can mark specific publishers as favorites, Edelweiss+ makes it possible to mark publishers with one star, two stars or three stars. Those designations can then be used to make browsing catalogs and books simpler.

Familiar Navigation

Though the site itself is revamped in a way that will feel much more intuitive to new users, Edelweiss+ follows similar navigation so you don’t have to go through the process of re-learning how to find what you’re looking for. Almost everything new is new in a way that makes things easier.

Saved Filters

Saved Filters

I’m saving the best for last here because I know many of us spend much of our time browsing catalogs on Edelweiss, which can be a monumental task. Part of what makes it so time consuming is whittling down the sheer volume of titles on the site. Thankfully, Edelweiss+ has added the option to save search filters. Instead of entering the same parameters each time you browse for books, you will now be able to save what you’re searching for. Added bonus? You can apply the saved search filters across the site, like when you’re browsing digital review copies. It’s a total game changer!

 

  • I’ve seen these emails and have ignored them, knowing that you, in your incandescent brilliance, would explain it all to me. I bow before you…

  • This looks amazing. I have such a love-hate relationship with Edelweiss and this is sure to turn it into a love-love relationship. Thanks for checking out all the good stuff for us.

  • I never used Edelweiss – I’ve tried, but it wasn’t very user friendly, or so I thought. I do have an account and I’m excited about the new changes. Maybe I’ll use it more often now!

  • Rebecca Walton

    Oh! This looks so much better and more intuitive than the current Edelweiss – which I admit I’m one of those people who signed up, looked through once or twice and abandoned because it is so user unfriendly. These changes look like they might change that game. Move over netgalley, someone’s coming for your spot!

    Thanks for the little preview!

    • It definitely looks like you’re not alone – it seems like tons of people have had trouble navigating the site and have been looking for something a little more user friendly.

  • THIS IS SO EXCITING.

  • I rarely use Edelweiss…but maybe this will get me to use it more!

  • Amy Sachs

    Edelweiss has honestly always been intimidating to me, but maybe this new format will make things a bit more approachable!

  • This is great. I love Edelweiss, prefer to to NetGalley actually, but their outdated website was not particularly easy to use.

    • I’m totally with you – I much prefer it to NG, but NG has always just *looked* better. That may not be the case much longer!

  • Wow! This is fantastic, Shannon! I always feel like an old person (okay, older than I already am) when I get on the existing site: I can’t see the words very well, it’s confusing and I end up doing a lot of back and forth. I also feel like I waste an inordinate amount of time when I log on. This looks so much easier! I’m excited and thank you for sharing your discovery!

    • The text is SUPER small on the existing site and they’ve really changed that on the new one (so much so that they’ve made it possible to resize it as much as you want), so that’s a total plus.

  • I am psyched for this. I was just thinking how out of date the Edelweiss interface is looking. And saving filters will be such a time saver!

  • This is very exciting! The interface has meant that I don’t use it as often as I probably should.

  • How exciting! And cool you get to take a sneak peak. I still feel like I don’t utilize Edelweiss to the best of its ability, so maybe these more user friendly changes will help me out.

    • I’m sure they will! Just a few little tweaks really makes the whole site a whole lot better (even just the search filters alone).

  • Oh, this IS exciting! I rarely use Edelweiss because of the difficulty in navigating the site. I do enjoy their catalogs, but trying to find them and not always getting the updates promptly are big ole grizzly bears eating my chocolate! I love the new look, too! I might have to amend my catalog browsing if this is as great as it looks.

    • I’m in love with the phrase “grizzly bears eating my chocolate” – I think I need to steal that one ;)

      • haha Feel free to steal. ;)

  • Amanda

    Oh very cool! Also- I giggled that you have erotica as a filter up there -doesn’t seem like a Shannon tab to have set.

    • Hahaha, it’s actually a filter to eliminate those things, so…it’s pretty on the nose ;)

      • Amanda

        ah ha! that makes much more sense!

  • Rebecca Foster

    Change generally makes me apprehensive, but it sounds like these will be for the better. I’ve never used the catalogs on Edelweiss; I’ve only browsed the new digital review copies on offer. Once the new site is up I’ll have to try targeting particular publishers I’ve had good luck with in the recent past.

  • Exciting stuff! I don’t venture through Edelweiss as often as I do Netgalley; despite of its many useful features it was a bit harder to navigate, so seeing these changes just might prompt me to log in there more often. Thanks for sharing these new updates with us :)

    • I definitely prefer the look of Netgalley, but love how much more is available to browse on Edelweiss…so I’m glad Edelweiss is getting to the visual part!

  • Oh my goodness, this makes me very happy. I never use Edelweiss because it always seems like I have to re-teach myself how to navigate it every time. This looks like it will be so much easier (especially the saved filters!).

    • The filters are SO SO great. It makes finding books much faster and can really customize how you browse the site.

  • Interesting! I rarely use Edelweiss because of the difficult navigation, so I’m intrigued. I’ll definitely have to poke around the new site.

  • I am super excited about these changes, and hadn’t heard they were forthcoming. Thanks for being the resident Edelweiss guru!

  • I use Netgalley, but I haven’t looked into Edelweiss yet. Do you find the book selection is very different?

  • Woo Hoo! It’s definitely time for a visual overhaul and some ease with navigation. SOO glad you were part of it.

  • Ti Reed

    Looking forward to the redesign. NetGaley’s new dashboard is nice as well and I find it much easier to find thing. Hoping for the same thing over at Edelweiss since it’s what I use the most.

  • Sarah Says Read

    I’ve JUST started poking around Edelweiss last week and was finding it much harder to browse through than NetGalley, so I’m excited that there’s going to be changes. Trying to parse through everything is time-consuming, there’s just SO much there!

  • I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE NEW EDELWEISS. I don’t even use it that much except for browsing catalogs, and I am still out of proportion excited. I can imagine myself using it a zillion percent oftener if it, you know, sucked less as a website. CanNOT wait for these changes.

  • Wasn’t saving filters already a thing? I know I have some, but they have been a bit broken lately. It looks like things are going to get much prettier and hopefully the filters will work better too! :)

  • I’ve tried to work with Edelweiss but I really prefer to find books via NetGalley. Maybe this will get me back there more often.

  • Jennine G.

    Oh I really hope it simplifies everything, it’s a hard site to use. I feel I have to figure it out over and over each time I’m on it.

  • Thanks for the info. I haven’t used Edelweiss before but it sounds like it’s a good time to start! I like to know what’s coming out months in advance. Now I need to make time for Edelweiss.

  • I had no idea there was a new Edelweiss on the horizon!! I love the new look! It looks way more user friendly and visually appealing. I can’t wait to try it out.

    Off topic, I have never been able to get Edelweiss to save my “saved searches.” Maybe that’s not a feature for bloggers/reviewers.

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