Terms of Service


These terms of use (together with the documents referred to in it) tells you how you may make use of our website www.bookishfirst.com ('our site'), whether as a guest or a registered user. Use of our site includes accessing, browsing, or registering to use our site.

Please read these terms of use carefully before you start to use our site, as these will apply to your use of our site. We recommend that you print a copy of this for future reference.

By using our site, you confirm that you accept these terms of use and that you agree to comply with them. If you do not agree to these terms of use, you must not use our site.


    1. These terms of use refer to the following additional terms, which also apply to your use of our site:

      1. our Privacy Policy (see Privacy Policy), which sets out the terms on which we process any personal data we collect from you, or that you provide to us. By using our site, you consent to such processing and you warrant that all data provided by you is accurate;
      2. our Acceptable Use Policy (see below), which sets out the permitted uses and prohibited uses of our site. When using our site, you must comply with this Acceptable Use Policy;
      3. our Cookie Policy (see Privacy Policy), which sets out information about the cookies on our site.
    2. We do not currently sell goods or services from our site. For your convenience, links to reputable retailer sites, for example Amazon.com, may be provided to allow you to purchase the books discussed on our site. We assume no responsibility for the websites linked on our site. Such links should not be interpreted as endorsement by us of those linked websites. We will not be liable for any loss or damage that may arise from your use of them.


    www.bookishfirst.com is a site operated by NetGalley, LLC ('We'). We are a private company with offices at 44 Merrimac Street, Newburyport, MA 01950.


    1. We may revise these terms of use at any time by amending this page.
    2. Please check this page from time to time to take notice of any changes we made, as they are binding on you.

    1. We may update our site from time to time, and may change the content at any time. However, please note that any of the content on our site may be out of date at any given time, and we are under no obligation to update it.
    2. We do not guarantee that our site, or any content on it, will be free from errors or omissions.

    1. Our site is made available free of charge.
    2. We do not guarantee that our site, or any content on it, will always be available or be uninterrupted. Access to our site is permitted on a temporary basis. We may suspend, withdraw, discontinue or change all or any part of our site without notice. We will not be liable to you if for any reason our site is unavailable at any time or for any period.
    3. You are responsible for making all arrangements necessary for you to have access to our site.
    4. You are also responsible for ensuring that all persons who access our site through your internet connection are aware of these terms of use and other applicable terms and conditions, and that they comply with them.
    5. Our site is directed to people residing in the United States (excluding Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories and possessions) (the "Territory"). We do not represent that content available on or through our site is appropriate or available in other locations and prizes will not be awarded outside the Territory. We may limit the availability of our site or any service or product described on our site to any person or geographic area at any time. If you choose to access our site from outside the Territory, you do so at your own risk.

    1. If you choose, or you are provided with, a user identification code, password or any other piece of information as part of our security procedures, you must treat such information as confidential. You must not disclose it to any third party.
    2. We have the right to disable any user identification code or password, whether chosen by you or allocated by us, at any time, if in our reasonable opinion you have failed to comply with any of the provisions of these terms of use.
    3. If you know or suspect that anyone other than you knows your user identification code or password, you must promptly notify us at BookishFirstHelp@Bookish.com.

    1. We are the owner or the licensee of all intellectual property rights in our site, and in the material published on it. Those works are protected by copyright laws and treaties around the world. All such rights are reserved.
    2. You may print off one copy, and may download excerpts, of any page(s) from our site for your personal use and you may draw the attention of others within your organization to content posted on our site.
    3. You must not modify the paper or digital copies of any materials you have printed off or downloaded in any way, and you must not use any illustrations, photographs, video or audio sequences or any graphics separately from any accompanying text.
    4. Our status (and that of any identified contributors) as the authors of content on our site must always be acknowledged.
    5. You must not use any part of the content on our site for commercial purposes without obtaining a license to do so from us or our licensors.
    6. If you print off, copy or download any part of our site in breach of these terms of use, your right to use our site will cease immediately and you must, at our option, return or destroy any copies of the materials you have made.

    1. The content on our site is provided for general information only. It is not intended to amount to advice on which you should rely. You must obtain professional or specialist advice before taking, or refraining from, any action on the basis of the content on our site.
    2. Although we make reasonable efforts to update the information on our site, we make no representations, warranties or guarantees, whether express or implied, that the content on our site is accurate, complete or up-to-date.

    1. Nothing in these terms of use excludes or limits our liability for death or personal injury arising from our negligence, or our fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation, or any other liability that cannot be excluded or limited by laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the United States of America.
    2. To the extent permitted by law, we exclude all conditions, warranties, representations or other terms which may apply to our site or any content on it, whether express or implied.
    3. We will not be liable to any user for any loss or damage, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), breach of statutory duty, or otherwise, even if foreseeable, arising under or in connection with:

      1. use of, or inability to use, our site; or
      2. use of or reliance on any content displayed on our site.
    4. If you are a business user, please note that in particular, we will not be liable for:

      1. loss of profits, sales, business, or revenue;
      2. business interruption;
      3. loss of anticipated savings;
      4. loss of business opportunity, goodwill or reputation; or
      5. any indirect or consequential loss or damage.
    5. If you are a consumer user, please note that we only provide our site for domestic and private use. You agree not to use our site for any commercial or business purposes, and we have no liability to you for any loss of profit, loss of business, business interruption, or loss of business opportunity.

    6. We will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by a virus, distributed denial-of-service attack, or other technologically harmful material that may infect your computer equipment, computer programs, data or other proprietary material due to your use of our site or to your downloading of any content on it, or on any website linked to it.

    7. We assume no responsibility for the content of websites linked on our site. Such links should not be interpreted as endorsement by us of those linked websites. We will not be liable for any loss or damage that may arise from your use of them.

    8. Should we ever sell goods or services from our site, different limitations and exclusions of liability will apply.


    1. Whenever you make use of a feature that allows you to upload content to our site, or to make contact with other users of our site, you must comply with the content standards set out in our Acceptable Use Policy (see below).
    2. You warrant that any such contribution does comply with those standards, and you will be liable to us and indemnify us for any breach of that warranty. If you are a consumer user, this means you will be responsible for any loss or damage we suffer as a result of your breach of warranty.
    3. Any content you upload to our site will be considered non-confidential and non-proprietary. You retain all of your ownership rights in your content, but you are required to grant us and other users of our site an unlimited license to use, store and copy that content and to distribute and make it available to third parties. As such, you are free to distribute and share your content as you wish, for example to share your book reviews on other sites, social media and blogs and we are also free to share those reviews, for example with the book’s publishers.
    4. We also have the right to disclose your identity to any third party who is claiming that any content posted or uploaded by you to our site constitutes a violation of their intellectual property rights, or of their right to privacy.
    5. We will not be responsible, or liable to any third party, for the content or accuracy of any content posted by you or any other user of our site.
    6. We have the right to remove any posting or contribution you make on our site if, in our opinion, your post or contribution does not comply with the content standards set out in our Acceptable Use Policy (see below).
    7. The views expressed by other users on our site do not represent our views or values.
    8. You are solely responsible for securing and backing up your content.

    1. We do not guarantee that our site will be secure or free from bugs or viruses.
    2. You are responsible for configuring your information technology, computer programs and platform in order to access our site. You should use your own virus protection software.
    3. You must not misuse our site by knowingly introducing viruses, trojans, worms, logic bombs or other material which is malicious or technologically harmful. You must not attempt to gain unauthorized access to our site, the server on which our site is stored or any server, computer or database connected to our site. You must not attack our site via a denial-of-service attack or a distributed denial-of service attack. By breaching this provision, you would commit a criminal offense. We will report any such breach to the relevant law enforcement authorities and we will co-operate with those authorities by disclosing your identity to them. In the event of such a breach, your right to use our site will cease immediately.

    1. You may link to our site, provided you do so in a way that is fair and legal and does not damage our reputation or take advantage of it.
    2. You must not establish a link in such a way as to suggest any form of association, approval or endorsement on our part where none exists.
    3. You must not establish a link to our site in any website that is not owned by you.
    4. Our site must not be framed on any other site.
    5. We reserve the right to withdraw linking permission without notice.
    6. The website in which you are linking must comply in all respects with the content standards set out in our Acceptable Use Policy (see below).
    7. If you wish to make any use of content on our site other than that set out above, please contact BookishFirstHelp@Bookish.com.

    1. Where our site contains links to other sites and resources provided by third parties, these links are provided for your information only.
    2. We have no control over the contents of those sites or resources.

    1. If you are a consumer, please note that these terms of use, its subject matter and its formation, are governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the United States of America without regard to its conflict of laws provisions in the exclusive jurisdiction of the federal and state courts located within Suffolk County, Massachusetts to resolve any legal matter.

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    To contact us, please email BookishFirstHelp@Bookish.com.


This acceptable use policy sets out the terms between you and us under which you may access our website www.bookishfirst.com ('our site'). This acceptable use policy applies to all users of, and visitors to, our site.

Your use of our site means that you accept, and agree to abide by, all the policies in this acceptable use policy, which supplement our Terms of Use (see above).

www.bookishfirst.com is a site operated by NetGalley, LLC ('we' or 'us'). We are a private company with offices at 44 Merrimac Street, Newburyport, MA 01950.


    1. You may use our site only for lawful purposes. You may not use our site:

      1. in any way that breaches any applicable local, national or international law or regulation;
      2. in any way that is unlawful or fraudulent, or has any unlawful or fraudulent purpose or effect;
      3. for the purpose of harming or attempting to harm minors in any way;
      4. to send, knowingly receive, upload, download, use or re-use any material which does not comply with our content standards below;
      5. to transmit, or procure the sending of, any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising or promotional material or any other form of similar solicitation (spam); or
      6. to knowingly transmit any data, send or upload any material that contains viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time-bombs, keystroke loggers, spyware, adware or any other harmful programs or similar computer code designed to adversely affect the operation of any computer software or hardware.
    2. You also agree:

      1. not to reproduce, duplicate, copy or re-sell any part of our site in contravention of the provisions of our Terms of Use (see above);
      2. not to access without authority, interfere with, damage or disrupt:

        1. any part of our site;
        2. any equipment or network on which our site is stored;
        3. any software used in the provision of our site; or
        4. any equipment or network or software owned or used by any third party.

    1. We may from time to time provide interactive services on our site, including, without limitation:

      1. chat rooms;
      2. bulletin boards;
      3. book review or other forums; or
      4. other communicative or interactive services
    2. Where we do provide any interactive service, we will provide clear information to you about the kind of service offered, if it is moderated and what form of moderation is used (including whether it is human or technical).

    3. We will do our best to assess any possible risks for users (and in particular, for children) from third parties when they use any interactive service provided on our site, and we will decide in each case whether it is appropriate to use moderation of the relevant service (including what kind of moderation to use) in the light of those risks. However, we are under no obligation to oversee, monitor or moderate any interactive service we provide on our site, and we expressly exclude our liability for any loss or damage arising from the use of any interactive service by a user in contravention of our content standards, whether the service is moderated or not.

    4. The use of any of our interactive services by a minor is subject to the consent of their parent or guardian. We advise parents who permit their children to use an interactive service that it is important that they communicate with their children about their safety online, as moderation is not foolproof. Minors who are using any interactive service should be made aware of the potential risks to them.

    5. Where we do moderate an interactive service, we will normally provide you with a means of contacting the moderator, should a concern or difficulty arise.


    1. These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to our site ('contributions'), and to any interactive services associated with it.
    2. You must comply with the spirit and the letter of the following standards. The standards apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole.
    3. Contributions must:

      1. be accurate (where they state facts);
      2. be genuinely held (where they state opinions); and
    4. Contributions must not:

      1. contain any material which is defamatory of any person;
      2. contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory;
      3. promote sexually explicit material;
      4. promote violence;
      5. promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age;
      6. infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person;
      7. be likely to deceive any person;
      8. be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence;
      9. promote any illegal activity;
      10. be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety;
      11. be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person;
      12. be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person;
      13. give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case; and
      14. advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.

    1. We will determine, in our discretion, whether there has been a breach of this acceptable use policy through your use of our site. When a breach of this policy has occurred, we may take such action as we deem appropriate.
    2. Failure to comply with this acceptable use policy constitutes a material breach of the Terms of Use (see above) upon which you are permitted to use our site, and may result in our taking all or any of the following actions:

      1. immediate, temporary or permanent withdrawal of your right to use our site;
      2. immediate, temporary or permanent removal of any posting or material uploaded by you to our site;
      3. issue of a warning to you;
      4. legal proceedings against you for reimbursement of all costs on an indemnity basis (including, but not limited to, reasonable administrative and legal costs) resulting from the breach;
      5. further legal action against you; and/or
      6. disclosure of such information to law enforcement authorities as we reasonably feel is necessary.
    3. We exclude liability for actions taken in response to breaches of this acceptable use policy. The responses described in this policy are not limited, and we may take any other action we reasonably deem appropriate.


    We may revise this acceptable use policy at any time by amending this page. You are expected to check this page from time to time to take notice of any changes we make, as they are legally binding on you. Some of the provisions contained in this acceptable use policy may also be superseded by provisions or notices published elsewhere on our site.


In addition to the weekly raffles for review copies, additional competitions may be organized from time to time. These "Additional Competitions" may include but are not limited to: or other such event. These Additional Competitions may be held on BookishFirst.com, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. The following terms and conditions apply to your participation in Additional Competitions, which you accept by participating in the respective competition:

  1. The organizer of the Additional Competitions is NetGalley, LLC. Some competitions are organized in cooperation with partners.

  2. Participation is free and only natural persons are allowed. You are eligible to participate if you are a permanently resident in the Territory and you are at least 18 years old at the time of participation. Employees of NetGalley LLC and affiliated companies and their relatives and other people involved in the design and implementation of the respective raffle are excluded from participation. Collective participation is expressly excluded. Participants must play as individuals and may not use any technical aids.

  3. The prize draw will only take place among those who participate by the specified end date of the Additional Competition. Once the end date for the Additional Competition has passed, subsequent entries will no longer be considered; regardless of what the delay is due to. We do not assume any liability for technical malfunctions, especially failures of the network, electronics, or hardware or software. The selection of the winner by the judges is final.

  4. If you win, you will be informed shortly after the end of the competition by email using the email address given in your user account or, if you have given your consent, you will be announced as the winner by announcing your user name in the forum.

  5. It is only possible to send a prize if you have entered your correct and complete e-mail or postal address in your customer account.

  6. The formalities for handing over the prize are clarified individually, depending on the type of prize to be raffled and the preferences of the publisher providing the prize. The winner will receive the prize either in electronic form (e.g. e-book or audio book download prize) or by parcel service (e.g. print or audio book CD prize) to the email or postal address specified in the user account. The sender is either NetGalley LLC or the company providing the prize.

  7. We pass on your personal data such as name and postal address to the respective company providing the prize. In our privacy policy you will find out how we handle and protect your personal data. We reserve the right to suspend the prize draw in whole or in part if there are any difficulties that endanger the integrity of the prize draw.

  8. The right to change these conditions of participation without notice also remains reserved.

  9. To the extent permitted by law, any liability for damages arising from or in connection with the Additional Competition is limited to intent and gross negligence, regardless of the legal reason underlying the obligation.


The BookishFirst website hosts a weekly prize draw (the ‘Raffle’) in which up to 100 free copies are given away of each promoted book title. Entry to the Draw is open to all users who register at bookishfirst.com and submit a short review (a ‘First Impression’) of the provided extract of the promoted book title via bookishfirst.com

  1. The promoter of the Draw is: NetGalley LLC, a United States company whose registered office is: NetGalley LLC, 44 Merrimac St, Newburyport, MA, 01950.

  2. The Draw is open to residents of the United States (excluding Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories and possessions) aged 18 or over. We will not award prizes to people residing outside of the United States (including Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories and possessions) nor ship prizes to addresses outside of the US. The Promoter is entitled to request proof of age should it be required.

  3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this Draw. Entries are restricted to one entry for each registered user for each book in each Draw. i.e. where a Draw contains more than one book, a user may enter the Draw for all the offered books.

  4. Route to entry for the Draw and details of how to enter are via bookishfirst.com

  5. No responsibility can be accepted for Draw entries not properly submitted via bookishfirst.com or not received for whatever reason. First Impressions must be of the minimum length specified on bookishfirst.com, must be relevant to the book extract shown, and indecent, offensive or otherwise inappropriate entries will not be considered (see Acceptable Use Policy below). BookishFirst decision about the acceptability of entries will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

  6. The start day of each weekly Draw is on Monday, from 12:01 AM. The closing day of each weekly Draw is the following Monday at 111:59 PM. Winners are generally drawn on the next Tuesday.

  7. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the Draw and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promoter’s control, or for any other reason at their sole discretion.

  8. No cash alternative to the designated book prize will be offered. The book prize is not transferable. The book prize is subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute the book prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.

  9. Draw winners will be chosen from all correctly submitted Draw entries received and verified by the Promoter and/or its agents.

  10. The winner will be notified by email within 7 days of the Draw closing date.

  11. The promoter will request the despatch of book copies from publishers as soon as possible, but delivery dates will vary and be on the publishers and stock availability. Where a publisher has specified that a book will be supplied as an ebook, all issues relating to the distribution of the ebook, including but not limited to file delivery, device and format compatibility, digital rights management and other distribution-restricting software, availability of support and helplines, and the transmission of viruses and other harmful technology, will not be the responsibility of BookishFirst and queries should be directed to the relevant publisher.

  12. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the Draw will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

  13. By entering this Draw, an entrant is indicating her/his/their agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions. Entrants who do not follow these terms and conditions will not be eligible for book prizes and may be prevented from entering future Draws.

  14. The Draw and these terms and conditions will be governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the United States of America without regard to its conflict of laws provisions in the exclusive jurisdiction of the federal and state courts located within Suffolk County, Massachusetts to resolve any legal matter.

  15. Any personal data relating to Draw winners or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party except as required to provide the services, products and correct functioning of BookishFirst as described in the Privacy Notice above.

  16. By entering the Draw, entrants agree that any personal information provided in relation to their entry may be held and used by the Promoter to administer the Draw.

  17. Any questions on these terms and conditions should be emailed to bookishfirsthelp@bookish.com

  18. Insofar as is permitted by law, the Promoter, its agents or distributors will not in any circumstances be responsible or liable to compensate the Draw winners or accept any liability for any loss, damage, personal injury or death occurring as a result of taking up the book prize except where it is caused by the negligence of the Promoter, its agents or distributors or that of their employees. Your statutory rights are not affected.


The BookishFirst website provides users with the opportunity to earn reward points that may, when a sufficient number have accrued as designated by BookishFirst and subject to change at the discretion of BookishFirst, be redeemed against the books available in the Draw. As such, entry to the Draw by submitting a First Impression is not required, but all relevant and applicable Terms and Conditions of the BookishFirst Raffles Terms and Conditions as in Clauses 1-18 above will apply. In particular, the user’s attention is drawn to Clauses 2, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 18.