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My reading habit used to be very expensive. Until I made a few changes with how I approached reading. Each month, I receive free books in the mail. I also read for free on my Kindle. Join me as I show you how I do this.
I love to read. I’ve always loved it. When I was a child, I would get in trouble in school for hiding other books in my school books. I remember in 4th grade, a teacher complained because I was reading ahead in my Language Arts book. In my defense, it was out loud reading time and I was bored to tears with waiting for everyone.
I LOVE libraries. All those books, stacked neatly and organized on shelves. I could stay there all day.
But, I am not a good library user. I check out the books. Read them on time. And promptly forget to return them for weeks or months. This resulted in numerous fines. My highest fine was over $200. And yes, I did return the books. I’ve probably stocked a whole wing of the library with my fines alone.
I’ve got slightly better since I started taking my daughter. She reminds me to return the books.
Still, I try to limit myself. I’ve found my local library participates in Overdrive. Which is a free service where you can borrow e-books on practically every device. The best part? When your time is up, the book is automatically returned. No late fees.
There are several different free Amazon Kindle books. Don’t have a Kindle? You can
Read eBooks using the FREE Kindle Reading App on Most Devices. Also, if you are an Amazon Prime member, you can choose between a selection on pre-released books each month through Kindle First. AND Amazon Prime members can borrow one Kindle book a month through the Kindle Owner's Lending Library.
I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the generosity of authors and publishers. Many times, I’ve simply emailed an author or publisher to request a review copy. I include why I want to review the book, where I’m going to publicize it at and other information. I don’t always get a “Yes” but it’s a good option to have.
Many times, before an author releases a book, they put together a launch team. Follow your favorite authors on their social media accounts and websites to learn about these opportunities.
Barnes And Noble
Do you have a Nook? There are many different free Nook books. You can use the free app if you don’t have a Nook.
This section is a collection of different book review and book tour services that I have personally used. I can vouch for all of them and think you’ll like them too. When you receive a review copy of a book, either in print or e-book form, you are required to give an honest review of the book. Each company has a different set of guidelines to follow. Generally, after reading the book, you will write a review on your personal blog or website. It’s helpful to share on social media as well.
Litfuse publicity runs a couple different blog tours each month. You receive an email for each one in advance. You can choose which ones to sign up with. Not everybody who signs up with each one will be accepted for that particular tour. Litfuse handles Christian books.
Baker Publishing Group
Revell Reads, Bethany House Blogger Review Program, Baker Books, and Chosen are all separate blog tour programs under one Christian publishing group. You have to sign up for each one separately. Each month, they send out emails with available books. You sign up for the ones you wish to receive. You are not guaranteed to get any of them as they have a limited amount of each book.
Reviews are required to be at least 75 words. And a review needs to be posted on your blog and at a retailer website. Baker Publishing Group sends out print copies of books to US and Canadian residents. Others may receive a copy via NetGalley (see below for more NetGalley information).
Blogging For Books
Blogging For Books has 8 main categories of books.
- Cooking & Food.
- Crafts, Home & Hobbies.
- Better Living.
Each of these categories are broken into sub-categories. There are 90 altogether. They have both print and e-book versions available.
I’ve received several books from them and I’ve been very happy. I request the book I want. They ship it to me for free (either in the mail or e-book depending on what I choose). I read it. And post a review on their page and my blog.
Reviews are required to be 200 words are more. Which is really easy to do, especially if you are reviewing a great book. I find myself having to cut words out of my reviews because I ramble on and on.
Book Look Bloggers
Book Look Bloggers is very similar to Blogging For Books. They ship physical book in the mail. Reviews are required to be 200 words or more and a review needs to be posted on a retailer website as well.
NetGalley allows readers to request e-book versions of pre-released books. You are required to post an honest review after reading it. I’ve found that sometimes, the formatting of these have mistakes in them but it’s usually not too distracting.
Now that you learned how to get free books, find out what to do with books after you’ve finished reading them.
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What are the ways that you use to keep your book costs down? How do you read free books?