Tuesday, July 12, 2011

How to Review Books for Free!

At first glance this may seem like a commercial. It is. But it's not about how you can buy something. It's about how you can get something for free.

First of all you must have a blog site that you use regularly. Blogspot and wordpress are two very popular blog hosting sites, although there are others.

Then, contact the publisher(s) from whom you'd like to read books.

Booksneeze.com,  hosted by Thomas Nelson Publishers, who cranks out christian based literature, is a site made for reviewers, and is very user friendly. You can choose from available books in print or ebook format, and must choose one at a time.

Bethany House Publishers, also a publisher of christian based literature, encourages would-be reviewers to email them at  jim.hart@bethanyhouse.com, and they will direct you to a choice of books to review. Multiple books may be reviewed, but they ask that your turnaround time be close to a month.

Grand Central Publishing, a mainstream publisher, can be contacted at this email address: onlinepublicity.generic@hbgusa.com.

Simon and Schuster, mainstream as well, will receive inquiries from facebook or at this email address. proofs@simonandschuster.co.uk. They ask for a sample review.

You will be asked for your mailing address so they can send the books to you. There is no obligation to send them back, or post a positive review.

The usual requirement is that you post your review to your blog, on a main bookseller's website such as amazon.com, or barnesandnoble.com and send the review to the publisher as well. If you have a website you can post it there, too.

A general rule for length is 250 words, or roughly three paragraphs. In the first two paragraphs summarize the book, its plot, thesis, or main idea. If you decide to include a spoiler, by all means warn your readers! Then give your honest opinion of the book.

Finally, most publishers ask that you state in the review that you have been given a complimentary copy of the book in return for your honest opinion.

Books delivered to my mailbox for free is like Christmas all year round for me! And I get to read some really great books!

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