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.