How to Become a Book Blogger

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Interested in blogging about books, but not sure where you can join a publisher's book review program? I've enjoyed the perks of reading newly-released and soon-to-be-released books through several book blogger programs. While publishers vary in how they run their programs, the structure is typically the same: you select a book, read it, and post a review online. Depending on the publisher, you may get to choose between a free print or electronic copy. Here are some free book blogger programs and what they have to offer.

ACU Press Book Club

Got a blog? No matter how long you've been blogging and how much (or how little) traffic your blog is getting, you're welcome to join the ACU Press Book Club. Simply fill out a form and choose one Christian book to review. Visit the ACU Press Book Club to learn more.

Ambassador International

Ambassador International is a publisher with two offices: one in Greenville, North Carolina, and another in Belfast, Ireland. The publisher's mission is "...to magnify the Lord Jesus Christ and promote His gospel..." Ambassador International provides free books to its bloggers and does not currently require that bloggers have a minimum number of visitors to their blog. Current genres offered include Christian fiction and non-fiction, Children's books, and Women's interest books. To join the program, visit the Ambassador International Blogger Sign Up website.

Bethany House Reviewer

Willing to write 75 words or more about a book you've just read? Then you might have what it takes to be part of the Bethany House Blogger Review program. Choose from a fiction or nonfiction book and after reading it, submit your review to Bethany House website and post it on another website such as Amazon or Goodreads. Become a Bethany House reviewer by submitting an online form.

Blogging For Books

Business, entertainment, crafts, politics, mysteries - what's your pleasure? You can have it all when you're Blogging for Books. Blogging for Books began as an effort of Multnomah Publishers, an evangelical Christian publisher, but now includes books that include other interests. Blogging for Books is open to citizens in the US and elsewhere; those living outside the US will receive eBooks. To get free books, visit the Blogging For Books registration site.

Hay House Book Nook

Hay House Book Nook is one of the larger free book blogger programs. This publisher is the company that has featured major authors such as Iyanla Vanzant, Doreen Virtue, Dr. Wayne Dwyer, Louise Hay and Cheryl Richardson. Something for everyone is sure to be found: books about food, fitness, feng shui, angels, self-help, relationships and even kids' books have been offered through Hay House Book Nook. To join, read the terms and conditions and register at Hay House Book Nook.

Olive Press

Olive Press is one of the more unique book blogger review programs. This publisher specializes in Messianic and Christian books and its authors may have never been published before. To join the program, your blog will need to already be up and running and you'll need to provide a link to your blog. Upon approval, you'll receive word as to what books are available, and you'll get to choose one book at a time to read. Visit the Olive Press Book Review Program to apply for a free membership.

Tyndale Blog Network

Stephen Arterburn, George Barna, Jill Briscoe, Candace Calvert, Jeremy Camp, Gary Chapman, Mark Driscoll, Les and Lesley Parrott, Charles Swindoll and Zig Ziglar are just some of the authors whose books are up for grabs in this review program. To join the Tyndale Blog Network, you'll need to apply and provide information on how much traffic your blog gets and how you're involved on social media. You may or may not be admitted into the program, and you'll received a decision no later than five business days. Apply to join here on the Tyndale Blog Network website.

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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

A very nice resource of information, Erin. I have never considered doing this, but if I can find the time I will at least check it out. Thank you.


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erinshelby 2 years ago from United States Author

You're very welcome, Billy. Thanks for stopping by.


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DreamerMeg 2 years ago from Northern Ireland

I didn't even know there was such a job. Thanks for a useful and interesting hub.


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DrBill-WmL-Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

I have a book blog, but I only do reviews of books I've chosen to read... except, I've been part of the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program for years. Get my hands on lots of books I want, this way. I only choose books I really want to read... and usually get them. Neat! ;-) Good hub!


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quildon 2 years ago from Florida

Great information here, Erin. My blog doesn't get a lot of traffic, but I won't mind reviewing for some of the smaller presses. Thanks for sharing.


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

From reading your prior hub, that was my next question ... how to get started. Thanks for answering it!


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erinshelby 2 years ago from United States Author

@DreamerMeg: Thanks for stopping by and for your comment.

@DrBill-WmLSmith: Thanks for sharing LibraryThing with us.

@quildon: Even if your blog is small, you can still participate (that is, if you choose!)

@FlourishAnyway: Best wishes getting started.


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LoisRyan13903 2 years ago from Upstate NY originally from Long Island

I just joined Blogging for Books A great way to get a free book here and there. My blogs (through blogger) never seem to get a lot of traffic but maybe it will be different now. BTW great Hub. Do any of these places pay?


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erinshelby 2 years ago from United States Author

Hi LoisRyan13903, Thanks for stopping by. I'm not aware of any programs that pay for your book reviews, and quite frankly, I would be skeptical of any that promise to pay you for your opinion. Why so? Providing reviews in exchange for a free copy of a book is one thing - it provides free publicity to the publisher- but being paid for your review could really force your hand to be less than honest. The best publishers will have guidelines that allow you to write reviews that allow you to be honest (assuming you're not rude or hurling insults for no reason)... and in my experience, Blogging for Books happens to be a great program! Enjoy!


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LoisRyan13903 2 years ago from Upstate NY originally from Long Island

I think maybe the only paying job would be at a Publishing Company. But maybe if somebody uses Blogger they might get some money through adsense.


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LoisRyan13903 2 years ago from Upstate NY originally from Long Island

Actually using Hub Pages to write a book review might be a better income maker

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