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Earn Money Online Through Writing Book Reviews

Updated on April 23, 2013
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Enthusiastic readers have an opportunity to make money online by putting pen to paper (or more specifically fingers to keyboard) by writing book reviews. It is a credible pathway to earn some extra cash, and there are additional benefits that a book reviewer can experience.

If you want to write book reviews, then you will need an online platform to have your reviews seen and read. A number of options are available to you, and you are not at all limited to one. Options include:

  • posting your book reviews on your independent website.

  • publishing your book reviews on an article-based website.

  • submitting your book reviews to article directories.

  • submitting your book reviews to publishers.

The option of approaching Publishers to write book reviews for them will be relevant only if you can provide evidence of the quality of your work. This is why it is recommended that you already have a healthy reputation as a book reviewer, with a reasonable amount of reviews and a good following.

How to Get Paid

You can earn directly and indirectly from your book reviews. Direct ways of earning from your book reviews include three (3) basic payment models that depends on the particular organization:

  1. pay per article/book review

  2. pay per view

  3. pay per word

Indirect ways of earning from your book reviews include advertisement revenue such as google adsense, Kontera, Chitika and Linksworth. These are revenue earning media that you can exploit if you have your own website or through revenue sharing sites (e.g. Hubpages, Xomba and Infobarrel).

Another way to earn through book reviews is affiliateship. This is probably the most aggressively pursued medium, and understandably so. By being an affiliate of a Network, you can earn commissions from every referred sale. The percentage commission may vary amongst Advertisers and Networks. A few noted programs are:

  • Amazon Associates

  • Barnes & Noble through the Google Affiliate Network

  • National Geographic through Commission Junction

  • ebay Partner Network

Basic Guidelines:

  1. Select books that you desire to review. Your collection of books is a good place to start. Consider borrowing books from your friends and the library. If you want to save money on buying books, you could consider buying used books.
  2. Write reviews using proper structure. If you are not sure how to write book reviews, there are numerous resources on how to write them. Note that writing reviews for fictional books is a bit different than for non fictional books.
  3. Use your desired platform(s) to have your book reviews visible on the internet. To get a jump start for the popularity of your book reviews, a revenue sharing site is a sensible option.
  4. Promote your book reviews.

Beyond getting paid for writing book reviews either directly or indirectly, you have an opportunity to receive free books from Publishers as an established reviewer, gain a good following and even gain more opportunities for writing.


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    • wooleywriter profile image

      Katarina Radford 4 years ago from Southern United States

      Thanks a lot. I'm publishing my first book review hub today. Please check it out. I am open to constructive feedback.

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      Shane Brown-Daniels 4 years ago from Jamaica

      @vox vocis -- Go for it! You have the first step locked -- you read a lot.

      @wooleywriter -- I ended up writing more film reviews on a former blog of mine. I earned commissions from Amazon sales. If you're just starting out, you could use a platform like Hubpages. You'd get a lot of hits, and earn commissions from book sales. I've earned most of my Hubpages-Amazon earnings via articles in which I refer to to specific books which I've read. Though they are not really book reviews, that still gives an indication of the potentials. If having a byline on a popular print publication is important to you, I'd recommend sending queries to local newspapers. But I think one of the best platforms is to develop a niche book review blog, and gain your own authority. I've seen several bloggers successfully do this. They've even started their own book reading community.

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      Katarina Radford 5 years ago from Southern United States

      Hi. Are you currently writing book reviews? If so, which platform do you use to promote your reviews

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      Jasmine 5 years ago

      It seems it's been a long time since the last comment here was posted, which is strange because the hub offers some interesting information about writing book reviews for online income and it's an easy read. I'm a book eater, and lately, I'm thinking about writing book reviews. Constantly stuck with topics and keyword research, I simply don't write. However, writing book reviews would make me write more frequently; I'm just wondering whether it would pay off. Trying won't hurt, I guess, and if the plan doesn't work that way, at least there will be people who may find the articles useful.

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      Shane Brown-Daniels 7 years ago from Jamaica

      Hey Pamela, thanks :) I think that if you feel as if it is a chore to write, probably it isn't for you. If you haven't already, you may consider experimenting with other forms of writing other than book reviews, and articles that are commonly here on hubpages.

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      theboxmeister 7 years ago

      Everything that we do to get some income is actually work but, if you like what you do, it can be fun. Book reviews are one string of income that you can generate.

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      Pamela Kinnaird W 8 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      Thank you for a good article. Lots of good stuff to think about here on HubPages. I've never really liked writing if it feels like work -- and I'm starting to question that about myself. Maybe I'm off track. Book reviewing sounds like work, but not bad if one can choose their own titles to review. Thanks.