For immediate release | January 17, 2012

ALA announces new member benefit program with NetGalley

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the official launch of a new member benefit program for members in partnership with NetGalley. ALA members who sign up to request digital galleys from NetGalley can now add their ALA member number to their profile, to speed request approval and access to upcoming titles. NetGalley’s catalog currently includes new titles from more than 140 publishers, and galleys can be read securely on all major reading devices and tablets. There is no charge for readers to use the site, and ALA members can register with NetGalley at

“The American Library Association is pleased to work with NetGalley to offer this new benefit for ALA members,” Cathleen Bourdon, associate executive director for communications and member relations stated. “This program will help our 57,000 members use digital galleys to preview more upcoming titles and make more informed purchasing decisions for their collections.”

Susan Ruszala, president of NetGalley, commented, “NetGalley has always been a huge supporter of libraries. It is our belief that in allowing NetGalley members to display their ALA credentials, ALA members will receive approvals for new titles faster and more frequently. In addition, this partnership will introduce more ALA members to NetGalley as a free resource for gaining early digital access to upcoming titles from participating publishers.”

More than 7,000 librarians are already members of the NetGalley community. In total, there are currently more than 47,000 professional readers (reviewers, media, bloggers, librarians, booksellers and educators) registered at NetGalley.

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