Discussion – How Do We Hear About Upcoming Releases?


Hello everyone,

Today I have a discussion on a topic which has been on my mind quite often of late. As we have just entered a new calendar year, this is a time where many book bloggers have published posts containing a list of their most anticipated 2021 releases – some of them fairly lengthy. Also, on days where a whole heap of books are published, the entire bookish community on Twitter seem to be aware of it – except me!

That has led me to wonder about the ways in which people find out about upcoming books, but how they keep track of them. Shock alert, but if you asked me to name some books that are due to be released in the coming months, then I think I would seriously struggle to get to five!

It is possibly because I am just ignorant and much less proactive at seeking out new releases lol. I know all about some of the areas where I am failing and I shall touch upon them over the course of this post, but it has made me very curious to understand approaches that others take.

In light of this, here are some of the ways I may hear of a new release. It will also be good to compare these methods with those of my fellow bloggers!


Netgalley

I am perhaps assuming a lot of things in this post, but it seems pretty clear to me that a lot of book bloggers learn of upcoming releases and their publication dates via Netgalley. It is essentially a repository of all soon-to-be-released titles, and where we get most of our ARCs, so definitely one of the main places to look.

I opened up a Netgalley account in April 2020 out of necessity (I was taking part in a blog tour and the book could only be requested via Netgalley). In all the months since, I have only accessed the site about four or five times, making a handful of requests. I tell myself that the main reason for this is that I prefer to concentrate on the books that are already on my TBR.

The obvious thing to say here is that I would likely know a lot more about upcoming releases if I spent more time on Netgalley, but there have surely got to be other reasons why why I am slow at finding out about them.

ARC Reviews

As I hinted at the beginning of the post, the most common way I find out about a new or upcoming release is via other book bloggers who are much more on the ball than I am! I add a considerable amount of the books on my TBR based on the thoughts of other bloggers, so these reviews – from people whose opinions I trust – are really valuable to me.

Furthermore, blog hopping accounts for the majority of my interaction with books, besides reading them. Most bloggers indicate in the title of the post or within the text itself that it is an ARC, and they often include the publication date, which can often range between a few days or even several weeks after the review is posted.

For me, this acts as the most useful source of information for new releases.

Goodreads

On Goodreads you have the ability to follow an author, which allows you to receive updates should they post anything or have a new book due to be released. Also, by clicking on to an author’s profile, you can see a list of all of their published books including the ones that are yet to be published.

I can also potentially find out about upcoming releases based on the books which my friends on Goodreads have either added to their TBR or read as an ARC, which would appear on my updates feed. This is a relatively rare avenue for me, but I have discovered books in this way before.

Social Media

Being a part of ‘Book Twitter’ means that it is never too difficult to find out which books are receiving almost universal love and adulation at any given time (a current example beingย These Violent Delights, and rightly so!!), but I also hear a lot about everyone’s most anticipated reads or ARCs that other book bloggers have received through the post.

But perhaps a more likely way of finding out about upcoming books is by actually following the authors themselves. Information about their next book is often contained in a number of tweets as well as their bio, with an image of the cover as their banner. Potential solutions for me would include following more authors and publishers, but I feel like there must be a more efficient method out there than that.

I do not use Instagram or other social media, but I assume that many hear about new books on those platforms too.

Blog Tour Invites

Since the start of 2020 I have taken part in blog tours and I frequently receive emails or messages from the organisers with an invite containing the synopsis of a book and its publication date. Some of these books – especially those organised by The Write Reads, are either by popular authors or have received a fair amount of publicity.

Even if I decide not to take part, these invites represent an opportunity for me to find out about an upcoming book and certainly put it on my radar, and I see that as very useful.


Conclusion

In writing this post, I understand that there is a lot more I can do in order to be actively aware of upcoming releases. Some of these things are quite straightforward adjustments, but I still get the feeling that there is something I am missing.

When I read ‘Most Anticipated Releases’ posts by other bloggers, I wonder how they are compiled, and why I had no idea about most, if not all of the books on those lists. Maybe others are simply better at actively seeking out upcoming books?

Let’s Chat

How do you find out about books that are due to be released? Do you keep an eye on publication dates? I would love to know your methods if you do. Let me know in the comments!

64 thoughts on “Discussion – How Do We Hear About Upcoming Releases?

  1. I feel exactly the same way as you. I am fairly active on Netgalley but not obsessively so for the same reason as you. I have so many books on my actual shelf and on my kindle that are already out and waiting to be read and so it is hard to prioritise new arc’s sometimes. I see the posts on the side of the goodreads website that shares anticipated upcoming releases and other than that I tend to find out about new books through people sharing tours and things on twitter. Unless it’s an author that I am already in love with because I follow them on their own websites and get email updates about any books they have coming out โ™ฅ

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    1. I’m glad you can relate, Louise. There are lots of books in my unread pile as well so I struggle to find time for ARCs or blog tours. I keep across my favourite authors as well, but don’t follow the email updates – maybe I should haha! The posts on the side of Goodreads is a good suggestion too. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. ahh i love this post stephen!! i feel like before i joined the blogosphere, and made my blog, i honestly didn’t know any upcoming release unless it was a really big book/series!! but after joining the bookish community, i’ve heard about upcoming releases in all sorts of ways, and my tbr has grown endlessly!! i feel like the places i hear most about upcoming releases are definitely peoples blogs – when they post their most anticipated books, or arc reviews – as well as blog tours, and sites such as netgalley and edelweiss+!! i loved reading this!! โœจ

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    1. Thank you so much, Ahaana!! ๐Ÿ’› My TBR has grown endlessly as well after joining Goodreads and seeing reviews and thoughts from other bloggers. I don’t know much about Edelweiss – is it very similar to Netgalley? It is definitely other blogs for me as well. My only question is when other bloggers post lists of their most anticipated books – how did they find out about those books in the first instance?! I’m assuming it must be Netgalley or social media mainly, but I’d love to know! Thank you again for your lovely comment ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  3. This is such a great discussion Stephen!! โค๏ธ And thank you for giving me a mini existential crisis about where I hear about upcoming releases ๐Ÿ˜‚ I think itโ€™s usually browsing through other peopleโ€™s blogs โ€” Canโ€™t Wait Wednesday, ARC reviews, and posts about anticipated releases โ€” and scrolling through random Goodreads lists. But as you said, I feel like Iโ€™m missing something?? *scratches head*

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    1. Thank you so much, Abby!! ๐Ÿ’– And sorry for the existential crisis haha. That’s just the thing, it does seem like we are missing something important! Like you, I find out about most upcoming releases through other blogs – but the question is how do those bloggers find out about them in the first instance?! It’s really got me thinking.

      Thank you for the comment and I hope you have a wonderful day ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ

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  4. I very rarely seek out new releases. When I actually do seek them out I usually go to google and put in January 2021 Book releases or whatever month I am looking for and then it pops up different links you can click on most likely itโ€™s a goodreads link where thereโ€™s a compiled list of new release books but you have to be careful because sometimes they arenโ€™t actually released in the month you are looking for.

    I also keep up with them from other people sharing their new release posts and then for my favorite authors I follow them on social media so when they announce their book release I know.

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    1. Thank you for the comment, Misty! Doing a Google search is a good idea and certainly something I might consider in future, even if it isn’t exactly foolproof. New release posts are my most likely way of finding out.

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  5. I actually find a lot of my anticipated releases either through cover reveal posts for a publishing quarter, made by each publisher, or by using filters on Edelweiss! I know that Edelweiss is daunting for a lot of people, and it is a little complicated, but I love how I can find books that may not be particularly talked about yet. Great discussion, Stephen!

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    1. Thank you, Marley! I don’t know much about Edelweiss, but I would be keen to find out more. And oh the cover reveal posts sound interesting! Do you get those by subscribing to publisher emails/updates?

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  6. Thai is great post ๐Ÿคฉ there are so many books that I see on every post that I had never heard about it is always fun to read anticipated releases post
    I usually find books through Goodreads and social media, mostly book Twitter ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  7. When I am in the blogging zone I have been known to leaf through a few of the publisher’s catalogues, and then if there is something I really want to read, ill email the somebody (normally found either on the book page or at the back of the catalogue) and request an arc. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesen’t.

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  8. In in the same boat as you! I get most of my anticipated reads from other bloggers, blog tours and Netgalley. I find the posts really helpful because the bloggers I’m following read the same genres I do. I definitely want to find time to do my own research as well ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  9. I don’t actively look for upcoming releases, but I see the new books available to request on Netgalley so that’s one way I know some of the books coming out soon. Then I guess seeing other people’s arc reviews on their blogs.

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  10. I like to browse the Listopia lists on Goodreads – there’s usually 2021 releases by genre that I like to browse there and I’ll make a spreadsheet of the ones I’m interested in and when they’re coming out. I’m new to keeping track of new releases too – before that I just found out through other bloggers!

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  11. This is a fantastic discussion post!! Other book bloggers definitely make up a large part of my most anticipated releases. When I compile my most anticipated releases posts, I check out Book Birds Guide to YA Releases, sometimes there’ll be a book that sounds great but has been underhyped there! I really struggle with upcoming adult books though. I have no idea what’s coming out where they’re concerned haha!

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  12. NetGalley is no longer very friendly to people like me who live in non-English speaking countries. That means that they block me from requesting some (many) books and only let me wish for them (and wishes almost never come true.) That’s why I’m also on Edelweiss, where all the books there are open for people to request worldwide. I also joined up with a scheme by Penguin Random House for International early readers. They send out emails with upcoming titles and pre-approval widgets for NetGalley. Because of that, I’ve also been able to contact them directly if I find a book is coming out from them or one of their subsidiaries, and sometimes they give me the widget for those. I also am in direct contact with Fredrik Backman’s publicist and she sends me widgets for his books!!!

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  13. I just count on social media and blogs to know what books are getting released soon ๐Ÿ˜… Though I this means I never find out about some great books because they never make it big on social media, unfortunately

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  14. Very interesting post Stephen!! I also don’t actively seek out new releases as much as I should ๐Ÿ˜… but school, life, *gestures at everything*. I usually find out about new releases through all the lovely book bloggers’ anticipated releases posts, because they typically say why they are excited for said books, so they use key words like BIPOC characters, political intrigue, galactic empires (which never fails), etc., which hooks me very quickly!! I also find books via in real life friends and authors online.

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    1. Thank you, Eleanor! I know haha, there are so many other things to keep us busy! Yes those anticipated releases posts are super helpful, I sometimes notice one of those words and it piques my interest ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  15. Great discussion post Stephen, so relatable! I read so many posts from other bloggers all about upcoming releases and it baffles me how they are so knowledgeable ๐Ÿ˜‚ I suppose that along with NetGalley is where I hear most often about new releases, but overall I’m pretty clueless!

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  16. this is such an interesting discussion and it really got me thinking about how i know about upcoming releases! i know about a fair share of upcoming releases, though definitely not as much as others. i think it’s bc i don’t use netgalley at all (same as you, i only have an account for blog tour arcs), and i don’t really scroll through my goodreads feed, so i don’t know what my friends are reading or adding to their tbrs. i only know about new releases through reading other bloggers’ most anticipated releases lists, and twitter. i spend an unhealthy amount of time on twitter (trying to be better), & cover reveals, book deal announcements, or authors tweeting about their books usually show up on my feed! from there i decide whether i’m excited about their book or not. (also, thequietpond.com has a feature called the pond news, where they announce new books that have released, new book deal announcements, cover reveals, etc—it’s really helpful if you want to keep up with book news!)

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    1. Thank you, Caitlin! It’s really interesting to hear how you find out about new releases, I definitely get most of my info from other bloggers too, but I’m clearly not looking in the right places on Twitter haha. And thank you for letting me know about Quiet Pond, that’s really helpful โค

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  17. Itโ€™s really interesting to see how you find your new releases! My main sources are the Goodreads New Releases page (which I check every month), Netgalley and Booktubers. But I occasionally find things on Instagram and Twitter, and TikTok has been useful for finding good books too! โ˜บ๏ธ

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    1. Thank you, Rachel! That’s really useful – one thing I’ve learnt from writing this post as that I should look at the new releases page on Goodreads! I know nothing about TikTok haha but that’s interesting to hear too ๐Ÿ™‚

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  18. This is such an interesting and relevant post! I know I struggle to find out if/when new books are being released – though I am usually aware of sequels to books Iโ€™ve already enjoyed. Itโ€™s interesting that you mention Netgalley, because that might be the reason I donโ€™t usually know about upcoming releases – I donโ€™t use that website at all.
    I most often use Goodreads for finding out new releases – they send me a monthly email about new books by authors Iโ€™ve already read + there are other โ€œUpcoming Releasesโ€ categories that I sometimes browse. And, when it comes to writing new releases blog posts, I simply organise my TBR shelf by publication date – which admittedly is sometimes wrong. Most often, I have no recollection of why I put these books on the shelf, lol, but I think they are mostly from Booktube videos, blog posts and Twitter.
    Great post!!

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  19. This is a great post! Sometimes it can be daunting to try to figure out what releases are coming out. It’s part of my job, part of my hobby, and I’m fairly decent at it, but I’m STILL surprised by upcoming releases on a fairly regular basis. I think it takes a lot of time and effort to really have a pulse on it, and the question is how much time/effort you want to put into it!

    I absolutely love NetGalley … probably a little too much. I check it on a daily basis just to see what’s popping up, so that’s probably one of the big sources for me. Edelweiss Plus is another really good one. It’s similar to NetGalley, but publishers will release their seasonal catalogs and upcoming releases on there to browse through, so I’m used to looking through those. I work at a library, so I’d like to say this is perfectly normal behavior, but … I totally did that before this library job, so … *shrug*

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    1. Thank you, Sammie! It sounds like you do a really incredible job of keeping up with releases – there will always be some that escape our attention so don’t worry!

      I have never found that habit where NetGalley is concerned! I don’t know much about Edelweiss, but that sounds great too. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  20. Book Twitter is a HUGE source for me. I follow a ton of authors on there and keep an eye on their latest book announcements. When I see them note one, I make sure to write it down in a notes doc on my laptop so I can keep an eye out for them, but also use that list for upcoming releases posts ๐Ÿ™‚ This is a really awesome source that breaks down new releases by month (it currently looks like their site is down though…) https://readingbookslikeaboss.com/book-releases/

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  21. oops hello, I am so incredibly late this post but OF COURSE, I need to catch up hehe. I did see your post pop up ages ago and was already so intrigued by the title, so this discussion is so interesting omg!!

    As you may have seen, I posted a huge anticipated releases post this year, which may actually even be my biggest, and I mainly compiled it from other lists and also Goodreads lists. Also, Netgalley is a great resource, but I tend to also check other reviews of a book I’ve seen there because I’m a herd follower lmao.

    New releases are a… strange concept. Because there are always going to big ones but sometimes I find everyone highly anticipates a book and then,,, nobody ever talks about it when its out. So are they really helpful is the question haha.

    Anyways, I’ll stop now because I have many of your posts to catch up on but loved reading this xoxox

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    1. Hello Ruby ๐Ÿ’™ It means a lot to me that you go back to look at some of my less recent posts, so thank you so much for the lovely comment.

      It’s funny you should say that, because I had the idea for this post a while back but your post was so detailed that it helped my idea take shape and form part of the basis for this discussion!! ๐Ÿค— I really admire how much work you put into finding out about all those upcoming releases, you definitely put me to shame on that haha.

      And that’s a really good point, there are some highly anticipated books that you never hear about again. But I do think those posts are super helpful!

      Sending you all the positive thoughts โ˜บ

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