Bookbridgr: A New Online Resource for Bloggers

Hi guys! Today I wanted to introduce you to a brilliant initiative by Headline Publishing Group. Headline is launching a brand new website called Bookbridgr today, which allows book bloggers to request upcoming titles and exclusive author content directly from the publisher. I’ve been lucky enough to be one of the ten beta testers who got to have a play around and get their profile started before the official launch, and now I want to share my experience with you. I’ll guide you through some of the website’s most important features and show you, in a nutshell, how it work exactly, so that you can join us if you like what you see.

One of the site’s most essential features is being able to browse the publisher’s upcoming titles, as well as the ones that have been published recently. It lets you search for a specific title, as well as browse books based on their genre, which I absolutely love. Selecting a specific genre narrows the list down and is perfect if you don’t really know what you’d like to read.

The list also tells you the book’s publication date (very handy when you’re trying to plan ahead and are looking for blog content for the next few months), it’s format, genre and price.

Clicking on ‘more info’ takes you to the given book’s page where you’ll find more detailed information and where you can read the full synopsis as well.

As you can see below, the books’ pages look quite similar to what we have on NetGalley, including detailed information about the book and the book description. What’s different, though, is that not only can you request a copy of the book (either an e-book or a physical copy, depending on your preference) but you can also request exclusive content directly from the publicist who works with this title.

Exclusive content includes hosting a giveaway, posting an extract from the book, and other content related to the book (if you have any particular ideas for a blog post, you can write them in a box, which will then be sent to the publicity team for consideration). You can also request an interview from the author, or let the publisher know if you’ve already written about the book.

Another thing I love on Bookbridgr is the fact that you can join a blog tour in literally two minutes. No back and forth emails with the publicist and waiting for each other’s reply for days. Once you select which blog tour you’d like to sign up for, you’ll see all the information you need: the dates, all the available author content you can request, and of course the synopsis.

Clicking on ‘begin application’ will take you to a separate page where you can enter your preferred blog tour stop date and author content, as well as add a message to the publicity team if you have any questions or suggestions.

You’ll see an example in the photo here. (click to on the photo to enlarge)

Similarly to what we saw on NetGalley, Bookbridgr also lets you submit – or as they refer to it on the website, ‘bridg’ – any reviews, blog tour posts, competitions, author Q&A’s or other articles you have previously written. According to the website, “one of the main functions of Bookbridgr is to give you, the blogger, the ability to share your book coverage with publishers, so that they can share it with the authors. Publishers are also interested in taking quotes from bloggers to use in subsequent printings of books, and ebooks too. Each time you submit a piece of coverage to bookbridgr, your Star Rating goes up – this is a great way to show publishers quite how prolific you are, and what kinds of content works the best on your blog. Submitting content is a great way to share your coverage with publisher and author alike, and some publishers may include your praise for their books on future editions in print and ebook.”

I’ve been experimenting with the website for about a week now and I have to say, I really like it.  I love how easy it is to request review copies or any other features related to a certain book without having to chase down the person responsible for that particular title. It makes this process so much easier and time-efficient and is a great way to discover new titles as well.

Will you give Bookbridgr a try? What do you think of this idea?

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29 Responses to “Bookbridgr: A New Online Resource for Bloggers”

  1. Yvonne says:

    Thanks for the info. The site looks really good. I’m going to give it a try.
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  2. Anne Mackle says:

    It looks great. Nice to have something other than Natgalley and join tours so easily.
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  3. This is cool Vicky. Do you know if they plan to make it available in the US as well?
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  4. I can’t wait to (hopefull!) get accepted. I’m super excited about this.

    I feel it brings everyone closer together, and allows for more interacting between readers/publishers/authors. Before it was always a bit of a hassle trying to contact authors as some don’t really have a social media presence.
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  5. That is such funny timing Vicky, I just sent an email within the last hour to Headline to enquire about review books :) LOL. Looks like I’ve found my answer and I’m delighted to see that it included RoI bloggers! Can’t wait to try it out later. Thanks for sharing.
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  6. Rinn says:

    Thank you so much for drawing this to our attention Vicky, it looks fantastic =) Now I’m eagerly awaiting to see if I get approved.
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  7. Missie says:

    Awesome! Thanks for the introduction!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings
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  8. Megan says:

    Wow, this sounds pretty cool. If they open it up to Canadian bloggers, I would definitely be in!
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  9. OOoooooh it looks really really awesome! Sucks that they haven’t opened it up internationally but I’m hoping it’ll come soon. Especially for all the digital things. Thank you so much for sharing!
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  10. Leanna says:

    Sounds like a great idea. I just submitted my information. Love the blog tour feature!
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  11. Sounds like a great resource for those of you across the pond!
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  12. Jo says:

    I’ve signed up to Bookbridgr and received a copy of Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock through it (thanks to you mentioning it in Sunday Showcase!). So easy to use! I love it! Sadly, Headline doesn’t publish many books I’m interested in, so I doubt my rating will go up that much, all that quickly. But I do think it’s awesome!

    I wonder if other publishers will follow suit with something similar. It is much quicker. It would be a little annoying to have lots of different ones to sign up too, so perhaps Headline will allow other publishers to jump on board with Bookbridgr. However, I’m not sure I’d like to lose all contact with the publicists. I do like the relationships you form with them, how they get to know you and your taste in books well enough to single you out specifically to see if you want a review copy. A bit of both would be good! :)
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    • Hi Jo, about 20 other publishers in the UK and 300 worldwide DO have a service like this—NetGalley! You can register for free, fill out a profile, and request digital proofs. Take a look and please let us know if you have any questions at all.

      Susan Ruszala
      President, NetGalley

  13. What really sets Book Bridgr out is the ability to request exclusive information! I’ve signed up, just waiting to hear back now. Hopefully it’ll be as fun as it looks!
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  14. This sounds wonderful; I will definitely check it out.
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  15. Wow this looks great, thanks for spreading the word. I am definitely going to check this out!
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  16. This is such a cool concept. I like the blog tour feature. I’m in the US so I can’t do it but it sounds fun.

  17. Aarati says:

    It looks really good. And they don’t mind giving physical copies either if we prefer. I’m only a little disappointed as it is active only in UK and ROI. Hopefully it’ll become worldwide soon and then I can join.
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  18. Finley Jayne says:

    Sounds like an awesome tool for book review bloggers-heading over to check it out! Just found your blog and loving it :)
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  19. Goldie says:

    I would love to, if it would be open to Filipino bloggers. :) I don’t request a lot of ARCs though, just books I’m not sure if I’ll actually love but would love to read. If I really want to read something, I usually have it reserved months in advance. :)
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