We recently added the ability for publisher users, like sales reps or publicists, to use the review functions in Edelweiss like other Edelweiss users already could do. Any review and rating you add will be automatically visible to your friends in your Edelweiss social network. You can also opt to submit the review to the publisher to review and consider publishing in Edelweiss publicly.
If you work for an ABA-member bookstore, you can now submit your recommendations for the Indie Next lists directly from Edelweiss. Click 'Your Review' on any title, and type or paste in your review, assign a rating, and then check the box to submit to Indie Next. These recommendations are sent to ABA on a daily basis.
You can also (as before) elect to send your review to the publisher too. Sending your review to the publisher gives them valuable feedback, and they may also choose to publish your review (or an excerpt from it) to make it visible to all Edelweiss users.
Social networking in Edelweiss! In May we began a beta test, which has since gone fully live. Now you can 'friend' other Edelweiss users. Check out the Community tab, and the FAQs.
Right now you can share reviews with your friends. Any review you write on an Edelweiss title will automatically be visible to your friends, whether or not you share the review with the publisher or IndieNext. You'll see a feed of your friend's activity on the home page and can read their reviews from there or from the community tab.
You can also now share collections with your friends from the collections tab. Collections are simply lists of titles.
Soon we will add the ability to mark titles that you are anticipating, reading, or have read, and share that information with your network.
Your friends could be any other Edelweiss user - for example - if you work in a bookstore, you might friend your colleagues so you can share reviews, and you might friend other booksellers you know from other stores, or your sales reps. Book reviewers and bloggers could connect with other reviewers they already know within the same genre.
Drop-In titles have long been a frustrating scenario for both book buyers and sales reps. They're quite difficult to track, or in many cases, to even be aware that they exist.
We feel like we've come up with a pretty viable solution that is customized to your own browsing and buying habits. We're calling it Catalog Subscriptions and it is, essentially, a way for you to add a date to a catalog, after which Edelweiss will alert you on the home page when new titles have been added to that catalog anytime after the date you've set. Simple.
The next time you open a catalog, you'll see a message alerting you to your Subscription Status for that particular catalog:
If you click "Subscribe," you'll be able to choose a date. You'll then be alerted when there is a new title added to this catalog.
You can choose to manually subscribe to each catalog, subscribe to all catalogs (the subscription date will be set the first time you open that catalog), or choose to which publishers' catalogs you'd like to automatically subscribe. While in a catalog, just click on "Preferences" here:
You can find a short presentation here that will explain in greater detail how the Catalog Subscriptions tool works.
You now have the ability to browse all titles by Date Added (the date a title was added to a catalog) and by a Publication Date range.
In your Browse Tab, click on Titles, and you'll see the new Date Ranges Filter Box:
When you click on that Filter Box, you'll be able to select All Publication Dates, Frontlist only, or select a range. You can can also select All Dates Added, or select a range.
Once you select a date range, you'll be able to browse as normal, by filtering by Publisher, Imprint, Publication Date, Subject, Age Range, etc. Once you've narrowed down the list as much as you'd like, simply click on View Enhanced List to see a Title List View from which you can add titles to existing orders, or create a new order.