Welcome to the nerve center of Armchair BEA! If you're a book blogger who can't attend Book Expo America and/or the BEA Blogger Convention in New York this May, you don't have to miss all the fun - this virtual convention is the place to be! Watch this space for all the news about daily blogging themes, discussions, giveaways and more! Armchair BEA is scheduled for May 26-31, 2014.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Talking Online Catalogs and ARC's with Joe from Edelweiss

Today we have the pleasure of welcoming one of our very own Armchair BEA Partners, Edelweiss to the blog. Joe, who's been sharing with us their Books @ BEA site has now secured us some advanced news and exciting insight into the future of publishing! So please give a warm welcome to Joe from Edelweiss!


As a buyer at a bookstore, I often said that the hardest part about my job was simply knowing that a book existed. I weep to think of the number of titles that never crossed my radar, titles I’ve probably still not discovered. Sometimes, I may have missed a great title because it was buried in the back of a 200 page catalog and my cynical fatigue had set in by the time I saw it, or maybe I never actually received a catalog, maybe because the publisher had never heard of my store or didn’t think their titles were regionally relevant. It happens, though, too often, that a perfect match, that one book that a store or a blogger or a reader has been looking for all their lives, maybe without even knowing it, is never found.

This is where Edelweiss can help. A repository for upcoming titles, we currently house catalogs for 45 publishers, representing 784 imprints. These numbers are constantly growing, and are even now outdated after a week of speaking to new publishers at BEA. This, for bloggers every bit as much as for booksellers and librarians, is significant. It’s incredibly hard to know about upcoming titles, when they’re released, and where you can hope to grab a copy. It seems relevant, too, that you’ll see all the titles a publisher is offering, we use no algorithms designed to keep you contained safely within your comfort zone. It can be overwhelming, really, to see the great gangly mass of titles available, but you can set your own filters and guide your own discovery.

Paper catalogs are outdated as soon as they’re printed, and however you feel about physical versus digital books, one must admit to the advantage of having a single interactive repository for such information. (For more information on how bloggers can quickly get the most out of Edelweiss, check out this guest blog post I did for The Booklady’s Blog. (http://www.thebookladysblog.com/2011/01/18/the-only-book-search-tool-youll-ever-need/)

There was a point I kind of glossed over a few sentences ago: "…where you can hope to grab a copy.” Maybe you’ve heard it, maybe you haven’t, but very soon you’ll see an area for ARCs in Edelweiss, both digital and physical. We’re already working with Random House and soon with WW Norton and University of California Press and have very high interest from lots of other great publishers. It’s a perfect fit, isn’t it? Pairing discovery with accessibility just makes sense.

Not much happens quickly in the book biz (until it does, then good luck keeping up), but relatively soon you’ll start seeing this while browsing titles:



You’ll also be able to browse available ARCs within a designated area:



As usual, your request will need to be approved by the relevant people at the publisher, of course.

While browsing around, if you notice one of your favorite publishers isn’t listed the best thing you can do is simply ask them to consider it. The more they hear it, the more likely they’ll be to consider listing their titles, which really serves you, the reader and title-seeker, in your discovery of that next great book.

I’m happy to show you around Edelweiss, too, if the blog link above doesn’t make sense to you. Simply send me an email at joe at abovethetreeline dot com.

13 comments:

  1. Which sounds pretty awesome but also sounds like another aimed at US customers. Hmm.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Sounds like a great advancement, though I'm not interested in digital copies working in front of a computer for 40 hours per week...I need the down time of a physical book. But knowing which books are coming out all in one place is a nice dream!

    ReplyDelete
  3. I love the idea of finally finding a site that will allow me to discover upcoming releases. Great idea and I will be a frequent visitor. Thank you.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Awesome! I never knew about Edelweiss. Thanks for the info!

    ReplyDelete
  5. wow I learned something new. I will have to check it out and learn more :)

    ReplyDelete
  6. Thanks for the informative post! Edelweiss sounds like a great site and resource. I am going to check it out right now. :)

    ReplyDelete
  7. Thanks for all the info...already checked out and will keep visiting :)

    ReplyDelete
  8. Is this open for International book bloggers too or only in the US? I am based in India and would love to get a chance to review ARCs.
    Debolina..http://debolinasbooks.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  9. Great post! I learned a lot without feeling overwhelmed, which is nice. : ) I will definitely be checking out Edelweiss. Thanks, Joe!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Thanks for the information. Nice to know there is a place to see when the great sounding new release is going to show up

    ReplyDelete
  11. Great information! I love what Edelweiss if trying to do, and it's clear that this is definitely going somewhere. I'll definitely be checkin git out! :)

    ReplyDelete
  12. I just checked out Edelweiss's site. It looks very interesting, and great way for me to get a heads up on titles that will be released. I need to bookmark the site to remind myself to keep checking back.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Joe!! This looks fantastic. I'm registered, have edelweiss up in my tool bar for a quick. Thanks Armchair BEA team for making sure we knew about this!

    ReplyDelete