Can I write a critical review?

We highly encourage you to share your feedback with the publisher, after you've downloaded and read their title. If you start reading a title and find it's not for you, feel free to send a brief note to the publisher (in the Give Feedback section) to let them know.

Publishers understand that some books will get critical reviews, and they’re used to getting a wide variety of feedback through NetGalley. 

Overall, it is better to communicate with the publisher in some degree than to not submit feedback for a title, so please do use the Give Feedback button in NetGalley for both full reviews and short notes to the publisher.

*Please keep in mind that reviews on NetGalley are visible to other members, so if you'd like to submit feedback to the publisher privately, please use the Notes section to do so. 



Reviews and Feedback

  1. How do I submit a review through NetGalley?
  2. Tips for writing reviews
  3. How can I share my Reviews on social networks?
  4. How can I share my Reviews on retail sites?
  5. What is the Feedback Ratio?
  6. How can I remove reviews I’ve shared on social networks?
  7. Can I see reviews from other NetGalley members?
  8. Are my reviews visible on NetGalley?
  9. What are Featured Reviews?
  10. How do I edit Feedback I've submitted?
  11. How do I post my review directly to Goodreads?
  12. Can I share Feedback for a title that has been archived by the publisher?
  13. How can I revoke social network access to my NetGalley account?
  14. How do the Star Ratings work?
  15. What do I put in the Notes section in Give Feedback?
  16. Am I allowed to post book cover images on NetGalley on my blog?
  17. Can I write a critical review?
  18. Should I publish my review now, or wait until the publication date?
  19. What should I put for "Add links" in my Review?
  20. I am a blogger/reviewer - what feedback do you recommend I send to the publisher?
  21. I am a librarian - what feedback do you recommend I send to the publisher?
  22. How can librarians (US only) nominate titles for the LibraryReads List?
  23. How can librarians (AU only) nominate titles for Librarians' Choice?
  24. I am a bookseller - what feedback do you recommend I send to the publisher?
  25. How can independent booksellers nominate titles for the Indie Next List?
  26. I am a member of the media - what feedback do you recommend I send to the publisher?
  27. I am an educator - what feedback do you recommend I send to the publisher?

Feedback and Knowledge Base