So, now you’re mastering the art of self-denial and not requesting every book listed, how do you narrow it down? I take a twofold approach. First, if there’s one I am considering that is unlikely to be approved due to territory rights, I don’t waste my time, or the publisher’s, requesting it. In general, too, I only click the request button for ones in which I have a strong interest, and which I genuinely believe I am going to enjoy. Naturally, you can never be completely certain how you’ll feel about a book until you read it, but I wouldn’t request something if I can tell from the blurb that it won’t be my cup of tea. Occasionally I am on the fence about a title, and in those cases, I’ll only request if I don’t have too many others already awaiting approval.
Although I am a planner in many ways, I can also be compulsive when it comes to things like books and DVDs. Practising self-denial when on the NetGalley website has definitely helped train me to curb some of those impulse purchases, and that’s how NetGalley has been of more benefit to me over the years than just as a source of excellent reading material.
If you use NetGalley, how do you decide which/how many books to request? Have you ever learnt a life lesson from an unusual source?