Frankfurt Notes: NetGalley Announces New UK and Japan Editions

In News by Porter Anderson

The arrivals of a UK and fully operative Japan site later this month are the latest in NetGalley’s ongoing international expansion.

Franfurt Book Fair attendees talk Tuesday at the Business Club in Hall 4.0. Image: Frankfurter Buchmesse, Bernd Hartung

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

New Moves in International Expansion

NetGalley, perhaps best known for providing digital review copies of books to critics, librarians, booksellers, and educators, announces today (October 11) a new country-specific site for the UK, to launch October 25.

In addition to, a Japan site,, is to be launched on October 17, following a beta of several months, Fran Toolan, CEO of NetGalley and “chief igniter” of parent company Firebrand Technologies, tells Publishing Perspectives.

The advent of the UK site means, according to press materials, that the industry there will have its own dedicated, UK-focused site for the first time.

The UK and Japanese sites join the internatioanal expansion covered by Publishing Perspectives in the past and including (based in the United States),,, and Stuart Evers is to lead the UK program, overseeing client acquisitions and marketing services for that platform.

In a prepared statement, Toolan is quoted, saying, “The UK is our fastest-growing market, and we are thrilled to be able to provide their own dedicated site, while preserving their ability to promote to US influencers.

“We’re also pleased and excited that has now achieved enough momentum in Japan to warrant a full release.”

In addition to the North American, UK, Japan, France, and Germany operations, NetGalley has a presence in Australia, and, overall, operates in association with some 300 publishers.

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Fellow, National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.