ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to Become a Book Blogger

Updated on May 29, 2016
erinshelby profile image

Erin Shelby is a freelance writer. She blogs at


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 " 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.

© 2014 erinshelby


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • LoisRyan13903 profile image

      Lois Ryan 

      6 years ago from Upstate NY originally from Long Island

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

    • LoisRyan13903 profile image

      Lois Ryan 

      6 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.

    • erinshelby profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from United States

      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!

    • LoisRyan13903 profile image

      Lois Ryan 

      6 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?

    • erinshelby profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from United States

      @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.

    • FlourishAnyway profile image


      6 years ago from USA

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

    • quildon profile image

      Angela Joseph 

      6 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.

    • DrBill-WmL-Smith profile image

      William Leverne Smith 

      6 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!

    • DreamerMeg profile image


      6 years ago from Northern Ireland

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

    • erinshelby profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from United States

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

    • billybuc profile image

      Bill Holland 

      6 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.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)