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How to Get New Books For Free

Updated on September 11, 2015

When I wrote Where to Get Things for Free, I promised that I would provide some additional details about how and where to get things for free. There are many places to get books for free.

There is the library, of course. My local library allows us to request books from throughout their system. It also allows us to borrow books from other libraries and download books to read. There are also several places online to get books. For example, Google Books has a lot of older books that have expired copyrights. Amazon will often provide free books for Kindle.

In this article, I would like to show you exactly how to get brand new, hot off the press, physical books that you can keep and own. You can also opt to get the e-book version if you don't want a physical book.

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Why Would Anyone Give Away Free Books?

Publishers use books for advertising. When they publish a new book, they want to create a buzz about it. They want to be able to send these new books out to readers while they are hot off the press, particularly to readers who will write about the book. You get a free book, and they hope you advertise it for them.

Some publishers, such as C&T, will let you know about a book on their blog, and will conduct a drawing to see who wins the book. There are no stipulations that you review the book, but since it is bloggers who are requesting the book, they know that the blogger will likely write a post since they already have a forum and will be excited about winning.

Other publishers will send books only to people who have agreed to write a book review.

How does the Book Review Program Work?

The first thing you do is sign up for a book review program. You set up a space where you will be publishing your book reviews, and sign up with the publisher to participate in their program.

Most of these publishers will let you know about a book either through the website or an email. You request a book you are interested in reading from their list of choices. You can generally only get one book at a time from each publisher, but you are not required to choose one every time they are offered. Some publishers will let you choose more than one, particularly if there is one they really want marketed right away. You can take months off whenever you want. Some books are available in published form, while others are offered as e-books.

The publishers require that you write a post on a blog or website about the book. They also want you to write a review on a retailer site, such as Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble. You must let them know that you did it, by giving the link to these two reviews. Some publishers will give you thirty days to write a review, but most of them will let you write it whenever you want. While early buzz is important, these publishers realize that later reviews keep the buzz going.

Once you are finished with reviewing the book and letting the publisher know, you are put back on the list to get another book.

Who are These Publishers?

These Christian booksellers have book review programs and will send you books in exchange for a review. All of them have fiction as well as non-fiction books. All the books mention God in them, and some are much more religious than others.

Waterbrook Multinomah Publishers calls their program Blogging for Books.

Booksneeze
- Thomas Nelson offers books under a program called Booksneeze.
Bethany House

I haven't tried these Christian booksellers, but they also have programs where you can get free books

New Leaf Publishing Group

Tyndale Media Center

Kregel Publications - blog tour program

If you are looking for publishers that do not specifically publish Christian books, Dorrance Publishing is one. The books seemed to be from self-published authors, and some of them seemed to need the help of an editor. Who knows, you might find the newest big author as they start off their career. Dorrance does require that you write your review within 30 days.

Writing Book Reviews

In order to do a thorough job as a book reviewer, I like to point out the negative as well as the positive aspects of a book. This can be difficult with these types of books. For the Christian books, the review can easily turn into a heated debate of the religion or politics of the book.

Also for Dorrance, since the authors are relatively unknown, they can be quite sensitive to criticism, and anything negative is seen as quite a blow to their fragile egos. Tread lightly.

It can be tempting to order all the books you can get for free, but you should resist that temptation. It takes a great deal of time to go through all those books and write reviews, so I recommend starting slow until you get a feel for how many books you can handle at one time.

Free Kindle Books from Amazon

Free e-books

The publishers listed in this article thus far will also provide free e-books as well as physical books in exchange for a review.

Amazon provides books free of charge for the Kindle with no requirement to write a review. If you do not have a Kindle, you can download software that will let you read them from your computer. There is a large list of books, and the selection varies from time to time, so it is worth checking regularly. These are often new writers who would appreciate some positive attention and assistance in marketing their books, so if you particularly liked a book, I am sure the author would appreciate a review either on Amazon or on a blog as a thank you for the free book.

Getting Free Books

It is a lot of fun to get free books in the mail, since they provide a nice relief from receiving bills. There is a joy in feeling the crisp pages and reading the contents, knowing you can keep the book once you are finished reading it.

There is an extra bonus knowing that you have received a copy of the book for free and have the honor of giving your opinion on it to the world. It is a great way to support other authors in their work. Sometimes you even get an early copy of the book before it is available for sale.


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      Audrey Hunt 19 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Shasta thanks for the info on finding free books. I'm a book lover and always keeping my eyes peeled for cheap and free resources. Until now, the library in my town has a section of used/new books as low as 10 cents to 1.00. Sharing and thanks again.

      Audrey

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      Kimberly Schimmel 21 months ago from North Carolina, USA

      Blogging for Books has a large number of categories--but you need an actual blog.

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      misty103 21 months ago

      I use my hubpages account to post my reviews for the free books. Does anyone know any sites for non-christian physical books?

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      Shasta Matova 3 years ago from USA

      Thank you for your comment jainismus. There are places to get free ebooks for reviews and as promotions, including Amazon.com and libraries, as you mentioned. For this article, I was focusing on actual physical books.

      You're welcome Cyndi. I hope you manage to snag a few free books, and hope you enjoy them. Thank you for your comment.

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      Cynthia B Turner 3 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you for sharing the information. I never think of tracking down free books except at the library, but your article has inspired me to do just that.

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 3 years ago from Pune, India

      Great information. Thank you for this another great Hub from you.

      I myself get many books for free, from my writer friends, and also from publishers for reviews.

      There are many websites online libraries, which offer you free ebooks.

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      Shasta Matova 4 years ago from USA

      Thank you Georgie. I have tried librarything and goodreads, but did not receive any books from them. The sites in this article will give you the books that are available on a first come, first served basis, and will take away the books from the offer when they are out of them, so you don't feel like you have lost when you don't get them. I will have to keep trying to be more active on those sites.

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      Georgianna Lowery 4 years ago from Slaton, Texas USA

      Great stuff here, too. There are a lot of websites where authors give advance copies of their books to members in exchange for reviews. I use librarything.com and goodreads.com. It may take a while to get the "good" books (real books as opposed to digital ones), because many authors only give away to established reviewers, but I've gotten some really great stuff from them - librarything especially.

      Good info for those that love books. :)

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      Shasta Matova 4 years ago from USA

      Thank you rajan jolly. I find that I can get more free books than I have time to read! It does seem strange to turn away free books, but nice that I can choose which ones I want to read.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      I had no idea physical books were available for free. Thanks for sharing this useful info and links.

      voted up, useful.

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      Thank you Ruchira, Pamela, Bobb and Ruby for visiting and commenting. It is nice to get free books in the mail instead of bills. Of course, you can usually choose the e-book versions as well.

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      Ruby Glasser 5 years ago from Wyoming

      Excellent post... Thank you!!

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      PurvisBobbi44 5 years ago from Florida

      Thanks for such a useful hub for others to enjoy and maybe write a book review. Thanks so much for sharing this with us,

      Thanks,

      Bobb

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      Jeannieinabottle , Vinaya, cclitgirl, savanahl, billybuc, LisaKoski, Ruchira, kelleyward, Curiad, and Pamela. Wow. Thank you everyone for reading and commenting. It is wonderful to see so much support.

      These free books come hot off the press, sometimes before they are available to the public, and I enjoy supporting the authors and their efforts.

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      Pamela Kinnaird W 5 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      I didn't know about this opportunity. If I had more time -- or in other words, had my druthers, I'd review children's books in a heartbeat. Voting up and interesting.

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      Mark G Weller 5 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Thank you for these tips, I had never known that this existed. I will look into it right away.

      Voted Up!

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      Great tips. Thanks for sharing. Wow 100 hubs in 30 days.... That seems like an impossible task for me. I'm cheering you on!

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Shasta...I love writing reviews esp for FREE books...lol

      loved this hub and this information, my friend. voted up and sharing amongst other hubbers so that they can also attain benefit :)

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      LisaKoski 5 years ago from WA

      I had no idea there was an opportunity out there to get free books and review them. I already take advantage of the free classics on Amazon for my Kindle. The only thing I don't like about it are the numerous errors in punctuation and grammar. For example, the book I'm currently reading has random ???'s in it in between words and in the middle of sentences. It's really strange but, hey, it's free. I think this article is very useful with simple yet insightful advice.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great tips and advice...thank you for sharing this and great job my friend.

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      savanahl 5 years ago

      Great information. Sounds simple enough to do. Thanks for sharing.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      I knew about advance reader books, but I didn't know that if you weren't a bookstore employee you could do this. This is great - you could write some really good hubs doing this!!! Voted up and SHARING...and bookmarking! :D

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Thanks for sharing this useful and informative hub. I'm bookmarking this article for future reference.

      Cheers

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      Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      Thanks for the advice! I never thought getting free books could be so easy. I wonder what else I can get for free... hmmmm. Voted up and shared!

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      Thanks for the tip PWalker281. I'll look into it.

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      PWalker281 5 years ago

      I did some book reviews (three, I think) for Atlantic Publishing Company. They publish hard copy books on a variety of "how-to" subjects by authors they contract to write the books. And they actually paid me to write the reviews and publish them on three sites. But it was a one-time project because they didn't want multiple reviews on these sites from the same person. This was a couple of years ago, so I don't know if they are still doing it, but it's worth looking into.

      Thanks for sharing this info. I love to read and write, so writing book reviews is a match made in heaven. Voted up and useful!

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      Thank you alocsin. You will be swimming in new books in no time!

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      What a great idea for book lovers such as myself. I will try these out. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      Thank you htodd. That's true, we do get to read books before they are released to the public, and we find out they are coming even before that.

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      htodd 5 years ago from United States

      Thanks for the nice post..We can get some great book even before the release

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      You're welcome amymarie_5. Most of these publishers offer e-books as well as the hard cover versions.

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      amymarie_5 5 years ago from Chicago IL

      I love books! Especailly FREE books! I've gotten free ebooks throught kindle. Thanks for writing this.

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      Thanks kschimmel. I really enjoy getting these free books.

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      Kimberly Schimmel 5 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      Wow! This is great information.

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      Donna - I speak from experience. I've done it more than once!

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      Donna Cosmato 5 years ago from USA

      Oh, thanks! As usually, my impulsive nature is running way ahead of my rational brain :)

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      You're welcome Donna. Just be sure not to get carried away - having too many free books makes it feel like a job to review them all!

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      Donna Cosmato 5 years ago from USA

      Thanks for providing such a comprehensive list of places to get free books! This is a great money-saving tip, and I especially like the fact that Waterbrook Multinomah Publishers offers their review copies in e-Book format.

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      You're welcome Ms. Dee. I enjoy getting free books in the mail.

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      Deidre Shelden 5 years ago from Texas, USA

      I'm going to check this out. So glad you commented on one of mine and you shared this info for me to get started in learning how to obtain free books!

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      Good dahoglund. Glad the info was timely.

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      Don A. Hoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Since I have written a book review of two I have wondered if publishers give free books to revviewers. Your information is timely.

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      Giselle - when I signed up, I was writing my reviews on Blogspot, where I did not get any ad revenue. I have read other reviews here on the site from these publishers. I think HubPages would count, but I am not sure, I forgot to tell them about my last two reviews! Wouldn't hurt to ask. I'll let you know if I hear otherwise.

      habee, yenajeon, Spiritsandghosts, thanks. I hope all of you can get your own free books as well.

      Thank you all for reading and commenting.

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      Thalia Bhandari 5 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      Awesome topic. I love to read and would love to write reviews as well. Thanks for the publishers websites. This hub is very informative and clearly written. Voted UP! Cheers and have a blessed day....Thalia(spiritsandghosts).

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      yenajeon 5 years ago from California

      So cool! I'd love to do something like that as well. I reminisce the days when I'd just lay around and read all day long. Thanks!

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      Holle Abee 5 years ago from Georgia

      Oooohhh...I LOVE books! You've provided some great tips here. Voted up!

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      Giselle Maine 5 years ago

      A great topic! I had no idea that this was possible to do. Does Hubpages count as a place where people can write the reviews (it sounds like it would), or does the reviewer need to actually own their own website/domain to do this? I love to write book reviews and often my problem is finding recently released work cheaply or for free. So this could be a good way to go. VOTED UP, useful, awesome and interesting.

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