Two things to say, before we start with this post…
- It’s UK & ROI only (so far, at least)
- I am not being sponsored or paid in anyway to promote this site
Now, I’m sure all of you lovely book bloggers love Netgalley and all the e-arcs it brings, but, what if you could get physical arcs just as easily? No professional email to the publisher required! Well, now you can, with Bookbridgr. This website is essentially Netgalley for physical arc books (however, nowhere near as updated with new books and with less communication on whether you’re going to receive a book or not).
I discovered Bookbridgr a couple of months ago, and since then have received several arc books in the mail, free and for reviewing! These include titles like The White Road by Sarah Lotz and My Sister by Michelle Adams.
Getting up and started on this site is so simple, if you’re a UK or ROI citizen who loves to blog about books, get those book-bums over to this website and sign up!
How it works…
First of all, you need to set up a profile, no surprise there!
Here is what a profile (my profile) looks like on Bookbridgr. When you start, the first thing you’re asked to do is upload a profile picture, link your blog and social media, write a description for your blog, talk about your book interests and blog stats, and your postal address. Then, you need to start “bridging” posts! (Basically, posting your reviews)
This is what “bridging” looks like. It is essentially a page to provide details of the book, as well as your review and blog link. You need to include the ISBN-13 number of each book you post, if you’re reviewing a Netgalley / Kindle book or don’t have that number to hand, you can use the site isbnsearch.org to find it!
You don’t just get the choice to “bridg” reviews, you can also post any Q&A’s you’ve done, competitions and other articles!
Every time you “bridg” something, your star number goes up on your profile. As you can see from earlier, I have 48 stars on my profile. Now, I’ll be real with you here and tell you I’m not 100% sure what these are for, but I can only assume, the more you have, the more likely publishers are to send you their books.
Now you can choose the genres of books you want to be featured on your homepage! Bookbridgr has a vast selection of genres available to request on their site, these are:
- Fiction: Historical, Political, Adventure & Action, War
- Fiction: Crime, Mystery, Psychological
- Fiction: Sci Fi, Fantasy, Horror, Graphic Novels
- Fiction: Contemporary Fiction, Reading Group
- Fiction: Literary, Translated
- Fiction: Chick Lit, Women’s Fiction, Family Saga
- Fiction: Erotica, Romance Fiction
- Fiction: Young Adult
- Fiction: Short Stories
- Non-fiction: General
- Non-fiction: Science & Nature, History
- Non-fiction: Celebrity and Humour
- Non-fiction: Mind, Body & Spirit, Religion & Spirituality
… see! So many different types of books to choose from.
Now, these categories aren’t updated daily, like you get on Netgalley, but there is still a decent choice between them all, and like with NG, you can request and receive books well past their publication date. I always make sure to check the site a couple of times a week, to see what kind of stuff they’ve added.
This is what my personalised genre homepage looks like:
Note: You can always go back into your settings and alter your favourite genres, to get remove or add genres to your homepage, so don’t think you need to say yes to them all, for fear of never getting the chance to read them!
Now you’re all set up, you can start requesting books!
This is what the request pages look like with Bookbridgr. As you can see, they’re very open and easy to get around. They have all the information you’d need about the book, plus a big “request” button at the top. Yes, it really is as simple as that!
A great feature about Bookbridgr is that you can also request to interview the author! Simply by clicking on the author’s profile, or the “request an interview” button!
So there we have it, that’s a very quick and brief overview of Bookbridgr, an arc requesting website!
Remember, not every book you request is going to land on your doorstep! You have to be patient and remember to keep your profile updated.
I hope this post has introduced you British bloggers to a new and helpful site for all your bookish needs 💖