Thursday, December 18, 2014

Blogging for books for bloggers! My top 9 favorite book reviewing programs!

Originally published in 2012, this post is due for an update!

How and why you should BLOG FOR BOOKS!
The first pile of books...I dare not tell you how many dozens
I have gotten since! Read my reviews here

Do you love to read? And love to write reviews? are several great ways to get entirely  FREE  print or electronic books for yourself!
 (of course writing a 150-200 word review isn't work!)
Each of these sites has their qualities....I love the books I have received from each of them!

Step One:
Set up a free blog through, Wordpress, or any other free blogging site!
You will also want an account to post your reviews and perhaps a account! These are all free and fun to use. Your blog can be primarily for reviewing books, or- especially in order to gain followers- can be about a variety of topics!

Step Two: Sign up for as many of the following sites as you like! You can even bookmark this page and sign up for a new site every day...choose your pace but make sure you check out each of these wonderful programs!

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A variety of books
Print and Ebooks
Joining this program is quite simple. As is the process of entering your review links, and requesting your next book.
   Since I originally wrote this article, Blogging for Books has expanded their inventory and now offers dozens of books from Penguin Random House! Because I love cooking, I have been able to choose over a dozen cookbooks so far from them!
 I do want to say that they have been restricting my request options since I don't have an e-reader. And they don't have as many Christian book options as the other sites.

I review for BookSneeze®
Christian and Catholic literature
Print and Ebooks
Christian books published by Thomas Nelson publishers.
Bloggers get free books- signing up is very easy; you give your blog address where you will be posting the reviews. This is the easiest site to request books on, as well as to send in your review since you just post the links to your review on their website....and they have had a large variety of not only e-book, but also print books available in the past! I have enjoyed and kept most of the books which I chose from them. 

Christian literature
Although the literature is older than 2014 (big deal, right?) there are hundreds of books to choose from! Actually one of my favourite sites. I've loved most of the books chosen from here. Sign up so you can start browsing!

Christian (primarily Reformed) literature
  This is one of my favourite programs because they offer literature from publishers I trust, including Reformation Heritage books!  Their process is simple as well, but you have to make sure you are a part of their email mailing list as that is how they notify you about upcoming book tours!

Christian books
I know I'm listing quite a few groups so far...but this really is one of my very favourites! They host blog tours which means they send you emails with available books and you sign up to get the book, read it and post your review by a certain day! The time frame is always reasonable and I love the books I've received. Litfuse Publicity Group | - Something is always stirring here!

Christian literature
I have gained some treasured books through this program! It's also easy to understand; they send you emails with available books and you sign up for what you wish to review. One bonus about this company is they allow you quite a good amount of time to read and review the books!

Christian literature
Christian books from small companies- It's safe, although it's not as professional as the other companies.  When you sign up, you have to wait for an email, and to request a book, just visit their page of available books (link provided in an email they send you) and click on the request button under the book you desire to review: this will open up an email to send to them; make sure you include your mailing address. 

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TYNDALE Blog Network
Christian Literature
Print and Ebooks

 (Christian books- system works through your email: you sign up, they decide if you qualify, then they send you names of books available through email. Pretty good, although there aren't many books available.)

Christian and Catholic literature
My least favorite program, this one is pretty simple as well, although I haven't cared much for their books. They always notify through make sure you check your email if you want to know about books! They will also send you an email when you request a book, and they will tell you where to send your review....

LASTLY....what do you do with these books if you DON'T want to keep them after reading them? Why....SWAP them, of course! :)
Trade Books for Free - PaperBack Swap.

Signing up:
When you sign up, through the below link, they will ask you on the page if anyone referred you. I would be SO happy if you would say I referred you! my name on the site is ''Mazzou'' and you have to enter that into the appropriate part of the sign-up page.
Go to the website now!

More about the site....
You simply join, just start listing books you have which are in good condition, and when a book is requested from you, you package the book and pay for its shipping. When the book is received by the other member, you will get a credit (1 credit per book!) to use to request any book off the site for YOURSELF! :)
As a special incentive, when you list 10 books, the company automatically gives you 2 credits as a gift.  And the referral system gives you 1 credit every time a friend lists 10 books.
I must admit that not all your favorite books will be available immediately. However, each person gets to add as many as 200 books to their wishlist which will enable you to keep in line as you wait for your desired book to be posted by another member. (I am sure this sometimes takes years....but oh well! I am grateful for the wishlist system.) I actually have received a couple books already from my wishlist!

Book quality:
 I have, so far, received over 4 great books in like-new condition! Very exciting. (if you do not want any books worse than ''new'' condition, you can specify that on your paperbackswap club account!) You can swap books which are in good condition, or newer. There is even a forum on the site for swapping damaged books.

My success story:
In fact, two like-new Christian historical fiction books which I recently received I would have paid over $12.00 each if I had purchased them from the company we usually do....through PaperBackSwap I ended up paying only $3.17 for both!(where do I get this $3.17? from the cost it sent me to mail out 2 books previously in order to obtain the 2 credits to spend on these two books I requested!) See what I's great!

Choosing books to swap:
Note: If you don't have books in your home which you want to get rid of on PaperBackSwap, you can always purchase books from your thrift shop, library, etc. I suggest you look out for lightweight books, so you can spend less for your credit. Also, you might want to contemplate which books are highly desired in the can find this out, and more, on the site!

Comment on this post if you have any questions, or if you already use PaperBackSwap!

Trade Books for Free - PaperBack Swap.

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