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How to Get Free Books to Review

Updated on August 31, 2012
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Rebecca Graf is a seasoned writer with nearly a decade of experience and degrees in accounting, history, and creative writing.


Looking for free books? They are everywhere. You just need to know where to look. They could be right under your very nose.

Want to review those books? That is the gateway to getting thousands of free books. All authors and publishers love reviewers.

Here are some locations you can find those free books to review.


You knew I'd say to go to the library. There are tens of thousands of not hundreds of thousands of free books waiting on you to grab up and read. Start there. Read a book. Write a review about it. Return it to the library and get another book. Honestly, you might not need to look beyond this magnificent resource.

So, we'll end there now that you know where to go.

Just kidding. Keep reading for more locations.

Your Bookshelves

Duh! Your very own bookshelves. Honestly, have you read every book on your bookshelf. If you are like me, no. You have books that you haven't read in years or that were gifts and you forgot about.

Look on those bookshelves. Go to the attic. Look under the bed. You might have fifty books right there for you.

Borrow from a Friend

You have family and friends. Go to them and see what they have on their bookshelves. I just raided my mother-in-laws and found a treasure trove of great old mysteries. I can't wait to devour them and review them on my blog.

I do want to note here that you should take very good care of any book you have especially if you have borrowed it from the library or a friend. You want to return it in the same condition as you received it. Take care of books. They are wonderful treasures.


The previous sections were pretty short. Well, here is where you will find the meat of this article. There are so many free books to be found online to review that you'll finish reading them in your lifetime. I've got thousands with more available. I've had to stop.

Before I go any further, I want to point out that all these I'm telling you are for you to use as a resource to write book reviews. That is why they are given away free in the hopes of furthering their book's marketing potential.

Now that that is out of the way.....

NetGalley - This is a site that works with some of the biggest publishing companies around to get books out to reviewers to help promote their authors. You apply at the site with your already established blog where you review. When approved, you search for books that interest you and request to review them. Some are approved immediately while others take days or weeks before the publisher approves it. You can then download the book and review it. They ask that you post the review on Net Galley and then state where you are posting the review.

Blogging for Books - This site offers many Christian books to read for free. You apply for the ability to request books. Some will be able to get as many books as they want while others will be limited to one book at a time. You will get ebooks and hard copies through them.

Edelweiss - This is another site similar to NetGalley where you can get a multitude of books to read and review. You post your review on there and give them a rating.

Goodreads - This is a reading social network where readers chat about books, post reviews, and have fun. There are also many giveaways that you can enter to win books from every single genre.

LibraryThing - This is very similar to Goodreads where you can enter to win books from publishers and members of the reading community.

The Indies Reviewer List - You can apply to be put on this list so independent and self-publishing authors can contact you to review their books.

Book Tours - Host a book tour and review a book. You can get ten to twenty a month if you wanted. A great place for book tours is the Virtual Book Tour Cafe.

Reputation - The more of these you do, the bigger of a reputation you get. I've hooked up with four publishing companies and several public relation companies who send me books all the time to review. I will never be without books.


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