Comments: 29
Murder by Death 5 years ago
I wouldn't hesitate to send this whole post to NetGalley; how does a cook book you can't easily use help anyone? What a pain in the butt.

(I totally have one of these cats - I'm not sure which of us has more fun: him, knocking stuff off, or me, putting stuff back up so he can knock it down again. We're both easily amused.)
I have one of these cats too, and on the ground waiting to receive whatever interesting object is batted to the floor is my mischevious dog. They have quite a system going.
Bark at the Ghouls 5 years ago
I'm going to clean up my attitude and send them this. I'd love to review it, some of the recipes sound good but nothing is worth all of this trouble.

Cats are so much fun, aren't they? :)
Scarlet's Web 5 years ago
This is why I stopped reviewing cookbooks from NG after only 2 books.The expiry thing is just taking the piss, you go through all that bother and invest both time and money in trying out the recipes and don't even get to keep your copy of the book for your trouble.
Bark at the Ghouls 5 years ago
Yeah, when I discovered that it was the last straw.
I totally screwed myself this way once too. Try blogging for books for cookbooks. They send you the actual copy.
Bark at the Ghouls 5 years ago
Thanks, I forgot all about that site.
Lornographic Material 5 years ago
Yup. That's what I use. :)
at least if it's OverDrive it's really easy to strip the DRM off of it...
Url Phantomhive 5 years ago
Actually all files that you don't send to your kindle on Netgalley will expire in 54 days. It's one of the main reasons why I bought a Kindle to be honest...
Bark at the Ghouls 5 years ago
I never realized that. Probably because they've always gone straight to my Kindle app.
Not true!

I totally have files I can still read that I downloaded to my tablet over a year ago. That's tied into publisher permissions, however I can see them possibly being different depending on Kindle or not.
Bark at the Ghouls 5 years ago
Ah, that's good to know. I don't request a lot of NG books and probably won't in the future after this nonsense.
Url Phantomhive 5 years ago
There are some 'unprotected' PDF/epubs available from Netgalley but they are more exception than rule. Most of them are acsm files, and those expire within 54 days. However, for as long as the book remains on Netgalley, you can download it over and over.

For Kindle, I've never seen anything expire yet.
depends on the publisher i guess. there are some publishers i review for where the .acsm fiiles don't expire.
of course, some publishers respond to "the book expired" bu sending an unencrypted epub file...
5 years ago
I feel your pain. These files are the biggest pain in the ass and they never open a second time on my computer! I have to download it again if I want to continue. I've also had to screenshot any recipes I want to actually try. Unfortunately it's common in the cooking and crafts books from Netgalley. Don't they realize?
Bark at the Ghouls 5 years ago
I sent them my "review" of the PDF. I'll probably be banned forever but I can't possibly be the only one who has complained.
5 years ago
I think you did the right thing there. Hopefully they realize all of us have read your review and will probably shy away from the cookbooks presented there from here on out. Thanks for the head's up on that, though I'm sorry it was such a frustrating experience for you.
Bark at the Ghouls 5 years ago
You're welcome. I hope they do eventually fix this issue in the future but they might not because they're still getting tons of reviews from people who are just reading the cookbook instead of actually using it.
I'm so sorry, it's completely nuts for them to expect reviews of cookbooks while making it so difficult to actually make any of the recipes. I've seen similar with adult coloring books, where they think someone could apparently review it while not actually being able to color anything.
Bark at the Ghouls 5 years ago
That is crazy ridiculous. I guess they only want a surface review. That really bugs me. All of the five stars for this book on the Netgalley page are bugging me too because not one mentions making an actual recipe (maybe because it's impossible!). Ah well, I guess it's time to let this one go :)
I know. That's the real shame here, because you were going to make some of the recipes and would have had a much more meaningful review.
Rane Aria 5 years ago
Blah! I did this myself with an old cookbook, and complained to the NG and the publisher about how crappy this was. You should post your thoughts and complaints- because you want to read this and try the recipes but this, this is to much of a hassle.
Bark at the Ghouls 5 years ago
Ah, so this has always been the case, then? It's so incredibly frustrating. In my aggravated rage last night, I did post my all of my thoughts (minus the cursing) to NG & the publisher on this and said I'd love to review it but I can't unless they can offer up a file that allows me to copy/paste or a real book. So far, radio silence. I'm not really surprised because they have plenty of 5 star, non-recipe tested, reviews :(
It's so wierd, what's the point of reviewing a cookbook when you don't even know how the recipes turn out, or how easy it is to follow the instructions? I mean the pictures could look nice, the recipes could sound good, but what if you made them and they were crap?
Bark at the Ghouls 5 years ago
That's what I don't get. I've wasted too much time & money on cookbooks that looked amazing but resulted in me ordering out for pizza because the ingredient measurements were screwy.
Rane Aria 5 years ago
I had hoped they fixed this- I guess not.
I think many read the recipes and look at the pictures and rate it in looks? But for myself when trying out cookbooks, I lean toward books from people from bloggers to even allrecipes